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Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan 7 hours ago

Looking forward to the final DNA course and learning more

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS 8 hours ago

Announcing our DNA & Genetic Genealogy Certificate
Blog post:
DNA & Genetic Genealogy Certificate package:
We are excited to finally share details for this 12-course certificate package. This Official Announcementincludes a special promotion to celebrate the launch of this long-anticipated certificate. Anyone who has already taken some of these DNA courses, check the promo discount in the blog post for the Best Bundle Options for you.

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on November 15, 2021 at 12:02am

November 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.             
Wednesday, November 17th at 10 AM EST
Time Zone Convertor:

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”

NOTE: It is recommended that attendees make sure their Adobe Connect app is up-to-date before the session.

Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on October 5, 2021 at 3:15pm

Hi Brian. I am glad you are finding our newest DNA course helpful! We have been working on creating the new DNA & Genetic Genealogy Certificate. It has not been finalized yet, but courses have posted here:
You will be able to check and see which courses you have already completed. :)

Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on October 5, 2021 at 1:14am

I have this week commence the latest DNA course on the analysis of DNA articles and my initial feeling is that this is another invaluable course which as with the last DNA course introduced will add to my research. After reading the course notes on the first few modules and completing assignments I already have gained knowledge that will aid my research.


Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on September 25, 2021 at 2:56am

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for that information but couldn’t potential students know the proposed content of the certificate especially the DNA specific courses so we know how many more we need to complete and the best package purchase that is appropriate.

just a thought.


Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on September 25, 2021 at 2:25am

Hi Brian. Yes, we are working on new courses that will be included in the new DNA Certificate when it is released. We are releasing the new courses as they are completed for those who want to get a head start. More courses are still in development. The courses to be included in the DNA Certificate have not been announced yet.

Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on September 25, 2021 at 2:18am

Since the announcement of a DNA certificate I was interested, having completed the available DNA courses, how this certificate course content would develop and how fellow students would be handled if the certificate required modification of any DNA courses previously completed by students. Now, we have advice on a new course which looks both interesting, challenging and appropriate for inclusion in the DNA certificate but surely NIGS already have an overall vision of the DNA courses that will make up the certificate. After all, this would enable current students to purchase an appropriate course package rather than either purchasing one at a time or guessing how many they would need.

I don’t think this is unreasonable as I am sure that all students who have completed either all or any of the DNA courses that have been on offer to seriously consider completing the DNA certificate so why not let us know what NIGS intends including?

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy the courses, how they keep my brain alive and how I might use my acquired knowledge to help people in my community with their research as well as my own research projects aimed at learning more about my ancestors.

Cheers and thanks for another course of interest but why couldn’t we have more notice?


Comment by Cheryl Levy PLCGS on September 25, 2021 at 1:43am

NEWEST Advanced DNA Course
Announcing our newest advanced course: DNA: Reading & Understanding Articles for Genetic Genealogy, which demonstrates how to analyze DNA articles as part of your education plan. Course begins on the first Monday of every month.
Course Description:
Blog Post:

Comment by Brian Charles Maclachlan on September 15, 2021 at 9:21pm

Hi Cheryl

looking forward to new courses in DNA, Scotland and Italy especially but while I wait I am researching about 1800 passengers from two ships my parents came to Australia on in 1911 and 1912 to see if and individuals or family groups knew each other prior to departure or after arrival in Australia. This is an estimated three year project but has already revealed three families who have links to my ancestors on my maternal side. Keeps the mind active.


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