This week we’re proud to share a little known gem in the world of online genealogy education: Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. VIGR provides amazing live and pre-recorded courses on a variety of genealogy subjects including DNA and genetic genealogy by experts such as Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD.
Recently, Blaine informed us that he now has FOUR amazing DNA course recordings available. Each course is normally priced at $69.99, but if you use our EXCLUSIVE promo code DNABARGAINS at checkout, you save 10% and pay only $62.99! Click HERE for more information!
DNA Courses by Blaine Bettinger
Each of the courses listed below consist of four recorded webinar lectures (90 minutes each for a total of 6 hours of videos) and substantial syllabus materials. Topics include:
- (Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNA: “New autosomal DNA tests offered by companies like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA offer another important tool for the genealogist’s toolbox and provide genealogists with the ability to examine multiple family lines. Understanding and applying the results of autosomal DNA tests, however, can be extremely challenging. Finding shared ancestry with genetic matches is a daunting task, and using these match lists to break through brick walls or confirm research seems nearly impossible. Together we will work through the basics of autosomal DNA and examine the tools offered by the testing companies. We will also look at some powerful third-party tools, and learn about techniques for confirming research and analyzing genealogical mysteries using autosomal DNA. We will also look at the ethnicity estimates provided by the testing companies, and talk about some of the ethical dilemmas that can be faced by test-takers.” Click HERE for course agenda and more information.
- Genetic Genealogy for Professional Genealogists: “Genetic genealogy is becoming an increasingly common tool for even the most basic genealogical research, and more than 2 million people have undergone DNA testing. As a result, there is a growing demand for genealogists who can understand and apply DNA test results. Despite this demand, there are only a small number of experienced genetic genealogy consultants. Together we will review the aspects of Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA testing that are most commonly encountered by genetic genealogy consultants. We will also look at the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and how DNA can be incorporated into traditional genealogical research. It is also important to understand some of the logistics of incorporating DNA testing and analysis into your business, including how to find DNA clients (or encouraging your clients to add DNA testing), how to access or manage your client’s (or your cousin’s!) test results, how to contact your client’s matches, and how to transfer an account, among other topics. Finally, we will analyze how to best organize and construct DNA reports, including how to cite DNA test results.” Click HERE for course agenda and more information.
- Third-Party Tools for Genetic Genealogists: “Receiving your results from 23andMe, AncestryDNA, or Family Tree DNA is just the first step in your DNA journey. Understanding and applying the results of Y-DNA, mtDNA, and autosomal DNA tests can be extremely challenging. Although the testing companies provide a mix of various tools for analyzing test results, there remains an ever-growing demand for tools and applications that the testing companies don’t offer to genealogists. Several programmers have stepped up to fill that demand, creating excellent third-party tools that help us wring every bit of information from our DNA test results. Together we will explore some of the third-party tools that are currently available to genealogists, including how to use them to advance your research. We’ll also cover some of the most advanced third-party tools, including phasing tools, the Tier 1 tools at GEDmatch (Matching Segment Search, Lazarus, and Triangulation), and the Autosomal DNA Segment Analyzer (ADSA) tool at DNAGedcom.” Click HERE for course agenda and more information.
- Visual Phasing: Mapping DNA to Your Grandparents: “Visual Phasing is one of the hottest new tools in genealogy. It allows you to map the DNA of two or more siblings to the four grandparents, WITHOUT having tested either the parents or grandparents. As we’ll see, with enough siblings, it allows you to recreate almost the entire genomes of your four grandparents. You’ll also be able to quickly determine which of the four grandparents’ lines each of your matches share! To perform visual phasing, you need DNA (transferred to GEDmatch) from three or more siblings (although we will talk about some tricks for just two siblings). Preferably you’ll also need good cousin matches on at least some of the grandparents’ lines. Armed with just this, you’ll be able to visually phase the DNA!” Click HERE for course agenda and more information.
About Blaine Bettinger, PhD., J.D.
“Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (www.thegeneticgenealogist.com), one of the earliest blogs on the topic. For the past eight years, it has been his mission to bridge the gap between traditional genealogy and genetic genealogy. He has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers. An update to the ebook is in the works.
Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and is slated to graduate as a member of ProGen Study Group 21 in early 2015.”
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