How Would You Like to (Finally!) Understand Autosomal DNA?

Genetic-Tree-Showing-Ethnicity-Loss[Read on to learn how you could win THREE hours of FREE consultation and research from me for registering in this course before March 21st!]

For the next two Saturdays, March 21st and 28th, I will be spending some quality time with genetic genealogists! My new course entitled “(Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNA” is a four session course designed to educate genealogists on all the ins and outs of autosomal DNA.

The course is being offered through the wonderful new Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research. The Virtual Institute offers courses on a wide variety of genealogical subjects, providing vigorous year-round education for the genealogical community using a virtual platform.

The four courses will provide attendees with the fundamentals of autosomal DNA, third-party tools, and triangulation. Here is the course schedule (all times U.S. Eastern):

21 March 2015

  • 11:00am – “Introduction to Autosomal DNA”: Learn the fundamentals of autosomal DNA and compare company offerings.
  • 1:00pm – “Using Third-Party Tools”: Free tools offer powerful additional analysis of autosomal DNA test results.

28 March 2015

  • 11:00am – “Advanced Techniques and Tips”: Use autosomal DNA to confirm your research and break through brick walls.
  • 1:00pm – “Autosomal DNA: Promise and Pitfalls”: Examine the limitations of ethnicity estimates, and discuss some of the ethical issues associated with autosomal DNA.

Hands-On Exercises as Homework!

header-logo21Best of all this course will provide homework for attendees, with two assignments to be completed between the first and second weekend, and a third assignment to be completed after the second weekend.

Unfortunately, there are very few opportunities for hands-on exercises in the world of genetic genealogy! These kinds of exercises are extremely time-consuming and challenging to create, and thus there are almost none in existence. This course will offer some of the only hands-on exercises – with an accompanying answer key (and some class discussion) – available anywhere!


The course is offered for $69.99, and registrants will receive all syllabus material and a complimentary copy of the course recordings. These recordings will be invaluable for future reference!

There is also a PLUS Option for $99.99. People who choose the Plus Option will an additional one-hour Q&A/discussion session held on an evening either midweek or at the conclusion of the course, and instructor feedback on a fourth hands-on exercise by email.

Register Before March 21st

If you register for “(Finally!) Understanding Autosomal DNAbefore March 21st, you will go into a drawing for a prize of THREE free hours of consultation, advice, research, or anything else you might need in the world of genetic genealogy. There will be one (1) winner, who will be notified by email. This prize has a value of $225.00, and I can work with the winner by phone, email, or both.

I hope to see you next weekend!











8 Responses

  1. Deborah Sullivan 17 March 2015 / 7:37 am

    I am very interested in this program, but I do not have time to participate on March 21 and 28. Is there any chance that you could tape your presentation and offer it to interested parties to view later at their convenience?

    • Blaine Bettinger 17 March 2015 / 8:19 am

      Absolutely Deborah! The classes are recorded and are made available to registrants soon after the course finishes to view at their leisure. You can also purchase the course at a later date, which will include the syllabus and the hands-on homework assignments!

  2. Annette Madden 17 March 2015 / 12:04 pm

    So glad to hear I can get the recording and syllabus. Sounds like a great course I do not want to miss, but I can’t attend 3/21 or 3/28.

  3. Emma Whaley Compton 22 March 2015 / 2:51 pm

    I am so happy that I signed up for this course, it is exactly what I was looking for. I learned so much yesterday (after the first two lessons) and getting to put it into practice with the homework assignments is such an important part of the learning process. I can’t wait for next week.

    Thank you Dr. Bettinger and VIGR for this amazing educational opportunity and for anyone who didn’t sign up to view it live, don’t miss the recordings when they become available!

    • Blaine Bettinger 22 March 2015 / 3:17 pm

      Emma – I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying the course! Good luck on the homework, I hope it helps solidify the concepts. See you next weekend!

  4. Donna 6 May 2015 / 10:01 am

    Please send me the link to sign up. I understand the original call had already taken place but you have the ability to pay to use the copied materials.

  5. Ctergioc 14 November 2015 / 9:19 pm

    Elyse great goals, it’s good you’ve put them in black and white, this way you can look back and see what you’ve accomplished and what you have not. If anynoe can do it you can! I see no problem with merging your two loves together seems that teaching and genealogy can go hand in hand..-= Mary Warrenb4s last blog .. =-.

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