Welcome to the introductory course for Autosomal DNA.  We will be working with your FTDNA Family Finder results as well as 23andme and AncestryDNA information.  This is a course designed to help people get started using Autosomal DNA results to look for birth parents or to solve genealogy roadblocks.  A forum is available for each lesson to ask questions and make suggestions.

All course lessons are based in Microsoft Excel or Google Drive sheets.  We support both.  While the class work can be completed in other spreadsheet programs, it will be the student’s responsibility to learn a workaround.  Knowing basic Excel skills would be most helpful.

We highly recommend that anyone taking this class know the basics of Excel as well as working with computers and files.  Knowing how to download materials from this class, how to save and rename files, how to set up folders in directories, how to work with *.zip files is essential, as this is not a course in basic computer skills.

**** Please Note:  Those with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage will require other workarounds that what we may or may not be able to provide.  Analyses and assignments from the lessons may not be workable.  If you wish to focus on a non-Ashkenazi Jewish line, you will be able to complete assignments.

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The Paternal branch of your Tree

This beginners class will introduce you to Y-DNA and how it is used in genealogy. Y-DNA testing is the process of getting your Y-Chromosome results for comparing with other testers. The Y-DNA test offers males a clear path from you to a known or likely direct paternal ancestor(s). The course will also show how women can use the test by recruiting a father, brother, cousin or uncle to do the test.

This self-paced 3-week course will show you how to find other people who shared an ancestor on your (or another relative's) paternal line. It will introduce you to the results and tools that allow you to analyze your Y-DNA. This class focuses on Y-DNA tests from FTDNA only. For more information on Y-DNA testing at FTDNA see Y-DNA Ordering and Taking Test.

Recommended for:

  • Genealogists wanting to confirm a paternal line

  • Families wanting to prove or disprove relationships