22 July 2013

"Practical Genetic Genealogy" A Hands-on Approach

Finally! The official announcement is out. We can shout to the rooftops about an exciting new course to be offered next year at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP). The GRIP administrators let us pre-announce this new offering to the DNA Day attendees at the Southern California Jamboree: Family History and DNA conference. Then we were asked not to talk publicly until the big announcement was made at GRIP orientation last night. Here is the text of the flyer we passed out at SoCal (with e-mail addresses replaced by blog links):

Comprehensive, Interactive Course on How to Interpret and
Apply DNA Test Results to Your Genealogical Research

July 20–25, 2014
Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP)

A full week of practical, hands-on experience analyzing and
correlating DNA test results using the latest tools and techniques.

This course will be useful to those wishing to make use of their own DNA test results, project administrators, and genetic genealogy consultants. The basics of DNA inheritance will be covered. Most of the time will be devoted to analyzing DNA test results and correlating those findings with information from traditional research to solve genealogical problems. Topics will include Y-DNA, mtDNA, X-DNA, and autosomal DNA, a comparison of company offerings, website navigation, project administration, privacy and ethical issues, tools, and more.

Course instructors will be
Registration opens February 2014
Course details will be available this fall on the GRIP website http://www.gripitt.org/

For more information about GRIP, please contact info AT GRIPitt.org

The Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh was founded in 2012 and has already earned a reputation for offering top-notch education by some of the best genealogical instructors in the U.S. Six or more different in-depth courses are offered each year.
GRIP co-directors are Deborah Lichtner Deal and Elissa Scalise Powell, CG, CGL. 2013 instructors include well-known genealogists such as John Philip Colletta, PhD; Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL; Pamela Boyer Sayre, CG, CGL; Rick Sayre, CG, CGL; Craig R. Scott, CG; Paula Stuart-Warren, CG; D. Joshua Taylor, MA, MLS; and many others.

I am so excited about this course. I started developing an outline for a genetic genealogy course several years ago. As more and more questions were asked on how to analyze DNA test results it became obvious an in-depth course was needed—more detail than can be covered in a one-hour or one-day session. Today, the most up-to-date and in-depth knowledge on using genetics for genealogical research is displayed on a few mail lists, forums, blogs, and Wikis. As I got to know CeCe Moore and Blaine Bettinger we found we shared ideas on the needs of our community. We collaborated to finalize the outline for the course and offered it to GRIP. And, as they say, the rest is history—or will be after July 2014 when the course will be presented for the first time.

More details on the contents of the week-long course will be available in the coming months. As the flyer indicates, the course outline will be posted this fall on the GRIP website. You will see more blog posts in the coming months with details of some of the sessions.

We will cover basic genetics and just enough theory to provide a good foundational understanding. The majority of the sessions will include hands‑on exercises so you can learn how to do DNA analysis using real-life test results and situations we all run into in genealogical research. I hope to see you all there next summer.

To cite this blog post:
Debbie Parker Wayne, '"Practical Genetic Genealogy" A Hands-on Approach,' Deb's Delvings Blog, posted 22 July 2013 (http://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/ : accessed [date]).

© 2013, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, All Rights Reserved

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