Intro, Applied, and Y-DNA Classes

How to Sign Up for Classes

Register on DNAAdoption’s class site. The small fee for class is payable during the enrollment process and used solely to support the course registration server, development expenses, and website hosting costs.

New users: create a new account. You will receive an e-mail to the address you provide in the form with a verification link to complete the registration process and log you into the site.  You must respond to the verification within 24-48 hours or your account will be deleted.

After verifying your account the first time, log in and select the desired class (abstracts below). Once enrolled you will receive a reminder email within a few days before the class starts with additional instructions.

Classes Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Intro to DNA (101) is beginning September, 10th, 2021 for two weeks ($29)

This class is designed to give you basic information about: Working with Google and Yahoo Groups mailing lists, Getting your Non ID (for adoptees only), a basic idea of DNA, identifying your relationship to your matches, DNA tests, transferring your data, building a tree, using trees to search for your missing ancestor, internet resources, basic DNA tools, spreadsheet basics, and tips on ,messaging your matches to get a higher response rate. If you are an adoptee or new to DNA and genealogy or you just tested and have no idea what you are looking at, this class is for you.

Applied Autosomal DNA (201) beginning July 30th, 2021 for four weeks ($49)

This class (formerly The Basics of Autosomal DNA) covers working with your FTDNA Family Finder, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and MyHeritage information. It explains pedigree and segment triangulation, how to build trees, and how to use Gedmatch and GWorks. Ensure you have uploaded your raw data from either FTDNA, 23andMe, AncestryDNA, My Heritage, or LivingDNA to GEDmatch a few days before class starts. 

We highly recommend that anyone taking this class have completed the Into to DNA (101) class and know the basics of Excel and working with computers and files. Knowing how to download materials from this class, how to save and rename files, how to set up folders in directories, and how to work with *.zip files is essential, as this is not a course in basic computer skills.

Note: Those with endogomous heritage (Ashkenazi Jews, Brethren, Menonites, and Amish, French Acadian, etc) will require workarounds that we may or may not be able to provide. While we continue to refine our approach, analyses and assignments from the lessons may not be workable for those with such heritage. We suggest that those with endogomous heritage consider identifying a non-endogomous line as a backup that can be used to complete the class if your endogomous line(s) prove to be too difficult at present.

Applied Autosomal DNA Syllabus

Y-DNA Basics beginning September 3rd, 2021 for three weeks ($39)

This class will introduce you to Y-DNA and how it is used in genealogy. This self-paced three-week course will show you how to find other people who shared an ancestor on your (or another relative’s) paternal line. It will introduce you to the results and tools that allow you to analyze your Y-DNA.

The curriculum is based upon the Y-DNA testing at FamilyTreeDNA. Please ask about this before enrolling if you have tested elsewhere.

Y-DNA Basics Syllabus