Online Learning: Using DNA in Your Family History Research

$ 39.95

Advances in DNA research over the last decades have had huge implications for the field of genealogy. By testing your DNA and comparing the results to a database of other individuals, you can better understand your origins, confirm lines of descent, test hypotheses, and connect with distant relatives. When it comes to studying your own DNA, understanding your options and test results are crucial. This online learning opportunity aims to teach you how genetic testing can be applied to your family history research in easy-to-understand terms.

This virtual course includes:

  • One hour recorded class session
  • A brief video demonstration on taking a DNA test
  • Handout with key terms and principles
  • Suggested readings
  • Slides of the class presentation (in worksheet and large format)

About the Instructor: C. Child, Senior Genealogist of the Newbury Street Press, has worked for various departments at NEHGS since 1997 and became a full-time employee in July 2003. He is the editor of the Genetics and Genealogy column in American Ancestors magazine and is editor of The Mayflower Descendant. He has written several articles for a number of scholarly journals including, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, and is the co-editor of The Ancestry of Catherine Middleton (NEHGS, 2011), co-author of The Descendants of Judge John Lowell of Newburyport, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2011) and Ancestors and Descendants of George Rufus and Alice Nelson Pratt (Newbury Street Press, 2013), and author of The Nelson Family of Rowley, Massachusetts (Newbury Street Press, 2014). His areas of expertise include southern New England, especially Connecticut; New York; ancestry of notable figures, especially presidents; genetics and genealogy; African-American and Native-American genealogy, 19th and 20th Century research, westward migrations out of New England, and applying to hereditary societies.

To download course materials:
Once this course is purchased, you will receive two emails confirming your purchase and a third separate email from FetchApp with a link to download the PDFs and/or video materials (be sure to check your junk mail and SPAM filters). Please note: This course originally broadcast in 2015 and does not include the moderated introduction and original Q&A sessions. If you were a student of the original online course, please contact as you do not need to purchase this product again. Learn more about our upcoming first-run courses and their additional benefits.