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Browse webinars, classes, services and books about DNA and genealogical research


Webinar: Choosing a DNA Test for Family History Research

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Curious about your ancestral origins? Have a genealogical hypothesis you want to test using DNA? Not sure where to begin or what the results reveal?

In this video, Christopher C. Child, editor of the Genetics & Genealogy column in American Ancestors magazine discusses what types of genetic tests are available to family historians, what genealogical problems they can—and can’t—assist you with, and ultimately how to choose the right test(s) to further your family history research.

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Family Tree DNA Kit and Guide

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With a simple cheek swab, discover your roots, connect the dots and unlock your family history. The Family Tree DNA Family Finder provides powerful tools to find your DNA matches, trace your lineage through time and validate family connections.

The Family Tree DNA Family Finder test can help you:

  • Discover your ethnic and geographic origins
  • Break through brick walls and discover unknown family members
  • Expand your pool of family research and gain a genealogical leg up
  • Connect with living relatives and validate uncertain relationships

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Kit and Post-Test Consultation Bundles

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A post-test 60-minute consultation session is an opportunity to meet one-on-one with an NEHGS genealogist experienced in applying DNA to genealogical research.

A consultation session can be used to:

  • access and review your test results
  • to review your current tree and identify key individuals for further study
  • to identify resources and develop next steps for research that will advance your overall project.

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DNA: Learn, Read and Test

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This package includes:

  • the online courseUsing DNA in Your Family History Research
  • the book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, and
  • a Family Tree DNA Family Finder testing kit—$20 in savings

Unlock the power of genetic testing and apply your findings to your family history research! 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 learning bundle provides the ultimate tools to not test your DNA, but also interpret your results and enrich your genealogical research!

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The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

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Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy.

Inside, you'll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you've taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data.

To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing.

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Online Course: Using DNA in Your Family History Research

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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.

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Stranger in My Genes by Bill Griffith

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Bill Griffeth, longtime genealogy buff, takes a DNA test that has an unexpected outcome: "If the results were correct, it meant that the family I had spent years documenting was not my own."

Griffeth undertakes a quest to solve the mystery of his origins, a quest which will shake his sense of identity.

As he takes us on his journey, we learn about choices made by his ancestors, parents, and others--and we see Bill measure and weigh his own difficult choices as he confronts the past.

Bill Griffeth is one of the country's longest serving and most respected financial journalists on TV. He began covering Wall Street in 1981 on the Financial News Network (FNN). In 1991 he joined CNBC where he has anchored a number of programs, most recently Closing Bell from the New York Stock Exchange.

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Portable Genealogist: Using DNA in Genealogy

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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 Portable Genealogist will guide you through the process of selecting a DNA testing service, understanding the results, and making connections to the genealogical research you’ve already completed.

Two case studies demonstrate DNA’s impact on genealogical research.

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