Using DNA for Genealogy Research

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Using DNA for Genealogy Research

Tuesday, 3/5/19 1:00 pm - Tuesday, 4/9/19 3:00 pm

Event Type

Genealogy Workshop
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
19107 Philadelphia , PA

DNA research is an amazing new tool that can help solve difficult genealogical questions, but it can be intimidating to master. In this course, we will help you to understand the basics of DNA and learn how you can use it for your genealogy research. We will discuss the benefits of DNA testing kits and their limitations.

Topics covered in this course:

  • The Four Difference Types of DNA and Their Inheritance Patterns

  • The Different Testing Companies


    • 23 & Me

    • Family Tree DNA

    • My Heritage

  • What Do My Test Results Mean?

  • What Do I do with My DNA matches?

  • Ethnicity and Admixture

  • Haplotypes and Haplogroups

  • DNA Third-Party Tools - GED Match and More

This five week course runs Tuesdays, March 5 through April 9, 2019 (no class March 26) from 1:00 to 3:00.

About the Instructor

Sydney F. Cruice Dixon is a professional genealogist and lecturer in the Mid-Atlantic Region and currently serves as the President of the Greater Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists. She holds an MBA from Drexel University and a BA from Penn State University. She is a member of the faculty for the Researching Family in Pennsylvania Institute and she developed the curriculum and teaches the Foundations of Genealogy courses at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Sydney also serves on Genealogy Advisory Committee for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. She has been actively researching family genealogies since 1995.