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DNA: Tracing Maternal & Paternal Lines
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This course focuses on two types of DNA testing for genealogy: Y-Chromosome DNA (yDNA) and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing. You will learn how to determine when you should take these tests, what they will tell you, and more importantly what they will not tell you. We will also discuss how to read and interrupt your testing results.


Course Content

Module 1
Introduction
Note about Web Addresses
Websites
Introduction
 
Review of Genetics
• Review of Genetic Testing Results
 
Haplogroups in yDNA and mtDNA
Pre-Testing Research
Taking the Test
Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
 
Suggested Reading & Resources
• Books
• Websites
 

Module 2
Y-DNA
Websites
Introduction
Family Health
Unknown Parentage
Deep Ancestry & Ethnicity
Curiosity
History of the yDNA Test
What the test will tell you
While You Wait
Suggested Reading & Resources
 

Module 3
Y-DNA Analysis, Haplogroups & Migration
Websites
Introduction
Ordering A Test
 
Deciphering your results
• What is an STR Number
 
How closely related are you?
Ancestral Paternal Heritage
Modal Haplotypes
Suggested Reading & Resources
 

Module 4
Mitochondrial DNA Explained
Websites
Introduction
 
What are Mitochondria?
• How is it inherited?
• What can the test tell you?
 
Suggested Reading & Resources
 

Module 5
MT-DNA Analysis & Deep Ancestry Results
Websites
Introduction
 
What exactly is tested?
• Your Results
• The unusual case of heteroplasmy
 

Module 6
Surname Projects
Websites
Introduction
 
Finding a study
• Examples of DNA Surname Projects
 
Creating a surname project or DNA study
• Recruiting volunteers
• Collating and analyzing data
 
Suggested Reading & Resources
 
Appendix
 
 

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