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Foundations in DNA by Blaine Bettinger Now Available


For the first time, a comprehensive beginning DNA genealogy course is available online, worldwide, from genetic genealogist, Blaine Bettinger. He is the founder of one of genetic genealogy's earliest blogs, The Genetic Genealogist. The five-class series introduces you to genetic genealogy and then progressively takes you through the various tests, taking the mystery out of DNA. 

The 5-class series - Foundations in DNA

We're working hard to give our webinar subscribers the educational classes they need to maximize their genealogical research!

All five of these new classes are bonus classes in the webinar library. They are part of the Summer Spectacular webinar series just for members. The webinar previews are always free for non-members to watch.

New to webinars and online education? Learn more about the online genealogy education classes at Legacy Family Tree Webinars.

The individual classes

Foundations in DNA 1 of 5: Genealogy and DNA

A very basic introduction to DNA and how it can be used in combination with traditional genealogical research. Together we will examine the answers to questions like: “why should you test your DNA?” and “how do I get started with DNA?”



Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 2 of 5: DNA Overview

An introduction to Y-DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA testing, including how each of these types of DNA are inherited, how they are tested, who you should have tested, and where you should purchase testing.



Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 3 of 5: Y-DNA

A look at how Y-DNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your Y-DNA test results at Family Tree DNA.



Plus 5 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 4 of 5: Mitochondrial DNA

A look at how mtDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your mtDNA test results at Family Tree DNA.



Plus 3 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

Foundations in DNA 5 of 5: Autosomal DNA

A look at how atDNA can be used for genealogical research, with examples, and a demonstration of how to review your atDNA test results at 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and Family Tree DNA.



Plus 4 pages of supplemental syllabus materials.

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Blaine Bettinger, Ph.D., J.D., is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007 he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about the use of DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was also recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees, and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

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Subscribe today and get access to this BONUS members-only webinar AND all of this:

  • All 399 classes in the library (556 hours of quality genealogy education)
  • 1,720 pages of instructors' handouts
  • Chat logs from the live webinars
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  • Additional members-only webinars

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What time does Blaine Bettinger's webinar on DNA start on Monday, 15 August 2016?

Mary Lou - the Foundations in DNA webinar series are already available in the webinar library. They were not presented live.

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