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DNA: Methodology and Analysis
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This course covers advanced techniques associated with DNA methodology, analysis and strategies. Students should have a firm grasp of the understanding of autosomal, Y-chromosome, and mitochondrial DNA.

While advances in DNA testing are exciting and useful, there are real limitations. DNA does not hold all of the answers for everyone. Nevertheless, it plays an important role for many who are searching for family, or those simply hoping to learn more about themselves and their genetics. In some cases, DNA testing has helped people discover unknown medical risks, which is invaluable in situations where little or no family health history is available.

When incorporating DNA into a genealogical search, the chances of success depend on a variety of factors. At a basic level, people biologically related to you will have to take a DNA test and share the results on the same service or platform you choose to test. After that you will need to use the tools available for DNA analysis allowing you to understand the results to their fullest.

Each DNA testing company provides its own set of tools you can use for making sense of your DNA matches, and these tools change over time. Some are extensive, some may seem overly simplistic, and some seem like they are the same from one company to the next but have small differences that can make a difference to a search. This course will help you determine what tools are best for you and when to use them.

Course Content

Module 1
Terminology & Reference Guide
Traditional Genealogy Research
Becoming a Detective
Remember Where You Have Been
Third-Party Tools
Genetic Genealogy Glossary

Module 2
Autosomal DNA Analysis
Review: What is atDNA?
Who can test?
Why should you test?
X Inheritance: The Secret in Your atDNA Results
What is an atDNA match?
Determining Relatedness
Shared cM Project
Chromosome Browsers
Chromosome Mapping
Visual Phasing
Mirror Trees
Steps to Creating a Mirror Tree with an Ancestry DNA match

Module 3
Autosomal DNA Analysis By Company
DNA Matches

Module 4
Mitochondrial DNA
Review: What is mtDNA?
How is it inherited?
What can the test tell you?
Test Results
Multiple Types of Mitochondria
Analyzing Test Results

Module 5
Y-Chromosome DNA
Review: What is y-Chromosome DNA?
What can the test tell you?
Deciphering Your Results
Short Tandem Repeats
Single Nucleotide Polymorphism
Determining Relatedness
FamilyTreeDNA TiP Calculator

Module 6
Putting It All Together
The Research Process
Ask Questions
Look for Information
Speculate About the Answer
Establish the Facts
Explore What Else Should be Researched
Brick Wall Research
Unknown Parentage Cases & DNA Testing
Finding Answers Ethically for Your Situation
Surname & Place Name Studies
Finding a Study
Creating a Surname Project or DNA Study
Recruiting Volunteers
Collating & Analyzing Data
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