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Genetic Genealogy, the Basics

Thomas H. Shawer, md, is a physician, a nationally recognized lecturer, chair­man of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Commit­tee, and the author of the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History.

This is a six module cloud based course, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet.

All students work independently.

What Will I Learn

The course consists of lessons, examples, exercises, and self-graded exams. After completing this six module online course, students will

  • understand the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
  • learn about human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
  • recognize and become familiar with the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy;
  • become familiar with the concepts of haplotypes and haplogroups;
  • examine a Y surname project and evaluate the test results of the participants; and
  • understand the structure of the mitochondrial DNA molecule, how it is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy.

To learn more about Genetic Genealogy, the Basics, see the course syllabus.

Requirements & Fees

Genetic Genealogy, the Basics is a cloud based course you will need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet. The course consists of lessons, examples, exercises, and self-graded exams that can be viewed on a home computer. Students work independently.

The course tuition is $70, but NGS members receive a discounted price of $45.  Join today to receive the member price.

Register online at the NGS Store now.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. There are no refunds.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow 3 business days to receive your registration e-mail from Canvas by Instructure. This e-mail provides you with login instructions, which are good for the duration of the course.

Certificate of Completion

This is a self-graded course no certificate of completion is issued. The National Genealogical Society is not a licensing body, so no formal genealogical credential or accreditation is implied.

Want Something More?

NGS offers genealogists a number of quality independent learning courses. Besides the cloud-based courses, there are classes available in the PDF format:

  • Introduction to Religious Records
  • Using Federal Population Census Schedules in Genealogical Research
  • Working with Deeds

Questions?

Contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.

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