Genetic Genealogy Education

There are two courses at
   [1] "Genetic Genealogy, the Basics," Thomas H. Shawker. In this class, "you are introduced to genetic genealogy, including DNA, chromosomes, gene markers, and the Y-Chromosome Surname Project." Members $45; non-members $70.
   [2] "Genetic Genealogy: Autosomal DNA," Debbie Parker Wayne. In this class, "an intermediate course, you focus on concepts and techniques for genetic genealogy, including the analysis of the data for autosomal DNA," Debbie Parker Wayne. Members $45; non-members $70.
NIGS (based in Toronto) offers basic eight-week online classes taught by renowned instructors for $89. For each class, a new session starts about once a month as given in the drop-down list for each individual class. The overall course list is at
   [1] "DNA: Autosomal DNA - Testing for Everyone," Shannon Combs-Bennett
   [2] "DNA: Introduction to Genetic Genealogy," Diahan Southard
   [3] "DNA: Tracing Maternal and Paternal Lines," Shannon Combs-Bennett
Courses in genetic genealogy are offered every year at several week-long institutes. There are prerequisites for advanced courses.
  • The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP) has sessions in Pittsburgh in June and July (GRIP 1 and GRIP 2), and one this year in Amherst, New York, in July-August (GRIP 3).
  • The Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research (IGHR) has a session in Athens, Georgia, in June.
  • The Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) has a session in Salt Lake City in January.
  • The two-day Institute for Genetic Genealogy (i4GG) will soon take place on December 9-10, 2017, in San Diego. The event is already sold out; check online for the 2018 registration date and book early. Videos from the 2017 conference will be available on or before February 1, 2018. Videos from 2016 are on sale now at The cost is $10 each or $99 for all 19, cheaper than going to California!
Course Descriptions:
·        “Practical Genetic Genealogy,” Blaine Bettinger, GRIP 2, July 2018, and GRIP 3, July-August 2018:
·        “Advanced Genetic Genealogy,” CeCe Moore, GRIP 2, July 2018, and GRIP 3, July-August 2018:
·        “Chromosome Mapping,” Karen Stanbary, GRIP 1, June 2018:
·        “Genetic Genealogy Tools & Techniques: Intermediate DNA for Genealogy,” Karen Stanbary, IGHR, June 2018:
   [details not yet available]
·        “A Practical Approach: Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA,” Karen Stanbary, SLIG, January 2018:
 from the syllabus for “Practical Genetic Genealogy”:
·        [1] Blaine T. and Debbie Parker Wayne. Genetic Genealogy in Practice. Arlington, Va.: National Genealogical Society, 2016.
·       [2] Bettinger, Blaine T., The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2016.
Older Books (may not be up-to-date):
  • Aulicino, Emily D. Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2013.
  • Dowell, David R. NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection. n.p.: Libraries Unlimited, 2014.
  • Kennett, Debbie. DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-first Century. Gloucestershire, UK: The History Press, 2011.
  • Smolenyak, Megan Smolenyak, and Ann Turner. Trace Your Roots with DNA. Emmaus, Penn., Rodale Press, 2004.
In addition to the books above, the following provide insight into the use of DNA to identify family:
  • Griffeth, Bill. The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir Hardcover. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2016.
  • Hill, Richard. Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA. n.p.: self-published, 2012.
This page was contributed by Sharon Brevoort, Dec 2017. Blog information courtesy of Genetic Genealogy in Practice.
updated: 16 Mar 18 jet