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DNA Courses

This group is for students taking DNA courses or working on a DNA Certificate Package from the International Institute of Genealogical Studies.


Location: The International Institute of Genealogical Studies
Members: 16
Latest Activity: Jul 4

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Are you taking a DNA course at IIGS?

Started by Cheryl Levy PLCGS. Last reply by Jeanette Martin Jul 4. 1 Reply

I am curious to know how many members are currently taking DNA courses with the Institute.Are you working towards completing the DNA certificate?Are you combining the DNA certificate with another…Continue

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Foundations: DNA Certificate Course Order

Started by Cheryl Levy PLCGS. Last reply by Brian Charles Maclachlan Jan 12, 2023. 1 Reply

Many new students are unsure of where to begin. Which courses should you take first? This is the suggested order for taking the compulsory DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate courses. Blog:…Continue

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Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on May 6, 2022 at 8:16am

~ May Virtual Meeting ~ 
DNA courses with Shannon Combs-Bennett MSc, QG, PLCGS
This is for students interested in using DNA testing results in conjunction with their genealogy research.             
Thursday, May 12th at 10 AM EDT
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These sessions are FREE and you do not have to be a current or past student to attend. NO USER NAME or PASSWORD REQUIRED. Please type in your first name and surname initial, along with your geographic location; then click “Enter as a Guest”

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on April 22, 2022 at 9:22am

Valerie. You should see this course in the list. It was “Not Scheduled” before, but now says “New” as it has been completed for release. :)

Comment by Valerie Neidich Williams on April 22, 2022 at 7:39am

I am taking American and DNA Certificate -40 Courses

Will this new course cover what I will be taking or is this a whole other course that I should take as well?

Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on April 22, 2022 at 2:38am

Hi Cheryl

WOW, fabulous news and I am registered and looking forward to this course as the outline indicates some connection to the use in law enforcement and corrective services areas that I had worked with in my pre retirement life. This news came just after I had selected three elective courses to keep me active learning more and enjoying my life.



Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on April 21, 2022 at 1:32pm

DNA Historical Studies Course Released
The wait is finally over! We are pleased to announce the release of our newest online course AND the final compulsory course for our DNA and Genetic Genealogy Certificate. First course is scheduled for May 2nd and will be offered monthly. Register today! Blog post:

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on April 19, 2022 at 11:04pm

Research A-Z ~ Professional

Professional Development courses and certificates offered by The National Institute for Genealogical Studies to reach your professional genealogical career goals. Blog Post:

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on April 19, 2022 at 11:04pm

Brian: It depends on who is testing. Some just want to see their ethnic percentages and are not interested in tracing their ancestry. Others attempt to track all matches. 

I have used DNA matches to confirm my paper research, and I have confirmed a linkage by DNA that I haven't found documents to prove yet. It encourages me that I am on the right track. :)

Don't get discouraged. Your DNA work may help someone else confirm their parentage.

Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on April 19, 2022 at 2:16am

While I like many other students await the final DNA course I would like to hear from those of us who have used DNA matches as a way of discovering more about our ancestry and even finding people you had no knowledge were in some way related to you. Have you had any success? I must admit that my matches have been distant cousin and sadly had either no tree or one with only a few people on the tree.

I still think DNA tests can help but just wondering if my experience is common.



Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on April 9, 2022 at 2:37pm

Hi Cheryl

Thanks for that information. I am sure there are quite a few fellow students who are looking forward to enjoying the final DNA course especially how helpful the last course was.



Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on April 9, 2022 at 9:59am

The Final DNA course (Historical Studies) is almost ready to be released. :)


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