Skip To Content
DNA strands to depict genealogy

Genetic Genealogy Research: An Introduction

Time limit: 60 days

$249 Enroll

Full course description

Created for individuals who are curious about the topic of genetic genealogy and want to learn more about what it is and its applications, especially those who are knowledgeable about traditional genealogy research and now want to branch out, this online and self-paced course introduces select basic concepts of genetic genealogy research. These concepts include understanding centimorgans and how to apply them, the details behind commercial DNA tests, dealing with endogamy, and how genetic genealogy research can be used tying together all of these techniques and caveats to solve mysteries such as unknown parentage and unknown grandparent genetic situations.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • The definition of genetic genealogy
  • Various other key terms related to the field of genetic genealogy
  • The concept and application of centimorgans and how they relate to genetic genealogy research
  • About popular commercial DNA testing sites and their efficacy rankings in certain categories
  • In theory, how a biological parent mystery can be solved using genetic genealogy
  • In theory, how a biological grandparent mystery can be solved using genetic genealogy
  • About endogamy and intermarriage, as well as other genetic genealogy "caveats"
  • Why understanding centimorgans, "following the DNA", and seeing context clues can be vital to a genetic genealogy search

Eric Schubert picked up genealogy at 10 while sick at home and just never put it down. 

Years later, it has inspired his work as a history student and researcher at Elizabethtown College (and beyond), as well as a previous cold case volunteer. 

Eric, a senior at Elizabethtown College, is an award-winning, internationally featured previous cold case/genealogy research volunteer as seen on Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, as well as in People Magazine, The New York Times, The Associated Press and more.