The New Year is in full swing and promises to be great for DNA-based education, with offerings from yours truly and colleagues. Here’s how the first three months are shaping up. You can find these and many more DNA events at Conference Keeper.
- January 10 & 11 — Kicking off the New Year is an all-new lecture: No One Told Me There Would Be Math! DNA Numbers Made Easy. Math can be daunting, but it is integral to genetic genealogy. Fortunately, you don’t need to understand how to do the math yourself if you understand what the math is doing. That’s what you’ll learn in this talk. It is offered twice to accommodate different schedules and time zones.
- January 10–February 23 — The DNA Skills Workshop from Your DNA Guide (Diahan Southard) combines self-paced pre-recorded instruction with live Q&A sessions, a discussion board, and a comprehensive workbook to get you up to speed on autosomal DNA.
- January 16–February 6 — YDNA for Genealogy from Your DNA Guide (Diahan Southard) uses the same online format as the DNA Skills Workshop to teach you how to use Y-DNA to confirm your direct-male lineage or identify an unknown ancestor.
- January 23–27 — Paul Woodbury’s Introduction to Genetic Genealogy through the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG) is geared to beginner and intermediate users of DNA. I’ll be teaching three of the lectures during the week-long course. Enrollment is full but the wait list is open.
- February 6 & 13 — The What Are The Odds? (WATO) Workshop through Family History Academy gives you hands-on experience with the hands-down most useful tool for genetic genealogy. In the first session, you’ll learn how the tool works and practice with some planned exercises. You can bring your own WATO puzzles to the follow-up session for evaluation and feedback.
- February 7 & 8 — From Madness to Method: Making Sense of Your DNA Results will help you organize your DNA results and develop an overall strategy for solving your genealogy puzzles. This class is offered twice to accommodate different schedules and time zones.
- March 7 & 8 — When Your Tree Is a Banyan: Untangling Endogamy tackles the last frontier in DNA. Endogamy can occur in any small, isolated population and complicates genetic genealogy. Learn best practices in this class, which is offered twice to accommodate different schedules and time zones.
- March 20 & 27, April 10 & 17 — The Applied Genetic Genealogy course through the Applied Genealogy Institute is meant for intermediate to advanced DNA users. It combines lectures, group exercises, and mentoring to guide you through a real case and writing about your conclusions. The enrollment window is January 18–24.