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DNA: A beginner's guide for family historians

Saturday 14th September 2019



No matter which way we look DNA testing is mentioned more and more within the field of genealogy and DNA data can be a powerful addition to our research tool box. However, there are a variety of tests available from a number of testing companies and it can quickly become overwhelming trying to work out whether to test and which test to take.

This day course is run by Dr Karen Cummings, one of our Tutors, who is a professional genealogist with a background in the pharmaceutical industry.

During the day Karen will guide you through the minefield of DNA tests available, looking at what to consider before you test, which test is most suitable when, suitable candidates for each type of testing and what you can do with your results.

Subjects will include Y-DNA tests, mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) tests, ethnicity data (those maps of "where you come from"), in addition to what is now the most popular type of DNA testing, autosomal DNA tests, such as those available from Ancestry. The day will include hands on sessions, giving you opportunities to become familiar with the data.

The course is equally suitable for those considering taking the first step and those who have already taken a test and want to know what to do with the results.


Approximate timings


10.30 Introduction to DNA: Y-DNA, mtDNA, autosomal DNA

11.45 Tea / coffee break

12.00 X-DNA: the misunderstood relative  

12.30 Ethnicity or admixture data 

13.00-14.00 LUNCH

14.00 Working with autosomal DNA matches

15.15 Tea / coffee break

15.30 Third party tools: a whistle-stop tour, including GEDMatch, DNA Painter, cluster diagrams and Genome Mate Pro 

16.15 Closing remarks and departure 

16.30 CLOSE

Light buffet lunch and teas and coffees included."


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Price and Booking

Rate : £55.00
Student Rate : £49.00

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