Friday, January 4, 2013

New Genetic Genealogy Course from NGS

The National Genealogical Society has a new course in their American Genealogy Studies series titled "Genetic Genealogy, the Basics." This course was developed by Dr. Thomas H. Shawker, and I share details about it here with the permission of NGS.

Thomas H. Shawer, MD, a physician with the National Institutes of Health, is a nationally recognized lecturer on Genetics. He serves as chairman of the NGS Genetic Genealogy Committee. In 2004, he authorized the NGS book, Unlocking Your Genetic History. 

Now Shawker shares his medical expertise in the six-lesson self-paced course “Genetic Genealogy, the Basics.” Topics covered in the course include:
• the structure of the DNA molecule, how it is organized, how it replicates, and how it functions;
• human chromosomes and how the Y chromosome is inherited;
• the two types of DNA markers used in genetic genealogy;
• haplotypes and haplogroups;
• evaluation of a Y chromosome surname project and a discussion on how to evaluate the test results of the participants; and
• the structure of the mitochondrial DNA molecule, how it is inherited, and how it can be used in genealogy.

The course is designed for independent study. Students check their work with an answer key that immediately follows each self-test.

“Genetic Genealogy, The Basics” is available on a PC- or MAC-compatible CD in a PDF format. The tuition is $45 for members and $70 for nonmembers. For further information, or to purchase the course, visit the NGS website and click on the Educational Courses tab. Please visit the course web page at for more information.

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