TypeOnline Course
DateMar 30, 2019 - Mar 31, 2019


Phone: 732-365-2680
Email: mjohnson@johnsongenealogyservices.com

DNA for Genealogy: Beyond the Basics

This two-day intensive learning experience is designed for family history enthusiasts, professional genealogists, and anyone interested in learning more about using DNA to advance your genealogical research. The Beyond the Basics course is a more advanced course for people who have already taken the Basics course; or who have tested with two or more companies; or who otherwise have sufficient experience working with DNA test results. The course will cover targeted testing plans; organizing DNA test results and information; advanced uses of DNA for resolving research problems; and privacy and ethics topics. The weeklong experience includes lectures, hands-on exercises, and case studies that allow students to understand the basics of DNA testing and how it can help solve genealogical problems.

The Beyond the Basics course will be held on Saturday, March 30 and Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Eastern).

For additional information about the course, visit our FAQs page. 

In-Person Attendance

The course will be held at the Rutgers University Inn & Conference Center, 178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, New Jersey. In-person students will receive two full days of classroom instruction and a printed syllabus, as well as morning refreshments, lunch, and afternoon refreshments.

Virtual Attendance

Virtual students will receive two full days of virtual instruction and a digital syllabus. Students will be able to view the presentations, hear the presenters, and ask questions, just as if they were there in person.


Accommodations (optional) are available at the Rutgers University Inn, just steps from the classroom. For more information about accommodations and costs, or to make a reservation, visit: https://inn.rutgers.edu. Accommodations are not included in the cost of registration.


Registration is now open.

Section 1Saturday
Lecture 1Methodology Overview (Mini-Session)Free Preview

This overview will provide a brief synopsis of the Basics course, and will set the stage for the material covered over the next two days.

Lecture 2Key Methodologies: Common Matches and Focus GroupsFree Preview

One of the key aspects of working with your matches is developing groups to focus on (and not focus on). Learn about numerous ways to do this, in order to attribute your DNA matches to specific ancestors and ancestral couples, and identify unknown ancestors based on your groups of DNA matches.

Lecture 3Key Methodologies: Triangulation, X-DNA, and EthnicityFree Preview

Learn how to use triangulation (when three individuals share DNA on the same segment), X-DNA data, and biogeographical estimates to develop hypotheses and draw conclusions to help support relationships and solve problems.

Lecture 4Using GedMatchFree Preview

GedMatch is a third party database that allows users from multiple testing companies to come together and compare genetic data for DNA matching. Uploading to GedMatch and using GedMatch’s more advanced tools will be covered during this session.

Lecture 5Developing Targeted Testing PlansFree Preview

Targeted testing plans often become necessary as part of large genealogical projects, in an effort to prove links between relationships and identify unknown parentage.

Section 2Sunday
Lecture 6Organizing DNA Test ResultsFree Preview

You’ve tested with multiple companies and have worked significantly with your results. Now what? This session explains how to organize your data—test kits, match lists, raw DNA data files, centimorgan data, shared match groups, and more.

Lecture 7Ethics and PrivacyFree Preview

The use of DNA requires an understanding of ethical issues that impact how DNA can be used and shared. This session covers discussions related to DNA testing, privacy regarding others’ use of DNA, and practical ethical considerations, especially when asking others to take DNA tests.

Lecture 8What Constitutes Proof?Free Preview

Learn about the Genealogical Proof Standard as it applies to using DNA and documentary sources together to prove relationships and identify unknown ancestors.

Lecture 9Advanced DNA Case Studies: What You Can AccomplishFree Preview

Watch the techniques learned in this course applied to complex genealogical problems—unknown parentage, brick walls, and difficult research questions. Learn how to include evidence from genetic sources