All-DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum

Thursdays, September 24–October 29
12:00–2:00 pm Mountain Time

Session 1: 12:00–2:00 pm Mountain Time FULL
New Session 2: 2:30–4:30 pm Mountain Time

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Angela Packer McGhie, CGReturning in 2020, SLIG will again offer a Virtual All-DNA Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course. This unique course tests a student's ability to plan, research, analyze, correlate, and solve complex genealogical research problems that include DNA evidence. The cases involve both documentary research as well as DNA results analysis.

This SLIG course challenges students as they work through four complex cases, one each week from September 24th through October 29th. The cases are the same ones that were offered in 2019, as some students were unable to participate and wanted the chance to work on the DNA cases in this course.

Virtual Practicum participants have a week to work on the case and then gather online to discuss the case with fellow classmates and the case study author/instructor. They will have a chance to compare strategies, methodologies, difficulties, and results before the instructor presents the case solution. This gives participants experience in working on a wide variety of genealogical problems.

Level of Instruction

Advanced

The cases that students will work on in this course all require analyzing and correlating a combination of documentary and DNA evidence. Students should have advanced skills researching in all types of genealogical records, and solving tough genealogical problems.

Students should have a solid grasp of:

  • DNA inheritance patterns
  • the Genealogical Proof Standard
Students should have experience:
  • using DNA to solve genealogical problems (beyond recent unknown parentage)
  • using atDNA results at three testing companies
  • working with shared matches and genetic clusters
  • researching in a wide variety of genealogical records including deeds, probate, census, immigration, etc.
  • solving "brick wall" genealogical problems
  • using advanced documentary research skills such as analysis and correlation
  • resolving conflicts with evidence

Prerequisites:

  • An advanced level methodology course - or equivalent experience
    Examples:
    • SLIG - Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones
    • IGHR - Advanced Genealogy and Evidence Analysis with Elizabeth Shown Mills or Judy Russell
    • GRIP - Advanced Genealogical Methods with Tom Jones
    • BYU Family History degree
    • NIGS Certificate
    • Boston University Certificate in Genealogical Research
    • ProGen Study Group completion

      AND
  • An intermediate or advanced DNA institute course - or equivalent experience
    Examples:
    • SLIG - Establishing Genealogical Proof with DNA with Karen Stanbary
    • IGHR - DNA as Genealogical Evidence (Advanced) with Blaine Bettinger
    • GRIP - Advanced DNA Evidence with Blaine Bettinger
    • GRIP - Chromosome Mapping with Karen Stanbary
    • Excelsior College - DNA course

      OR
  • Equivalent experience
    • Students may demonstrate their experience with genealogical research and DNA evidence by submitting a paper detailing how they solved a genealogical problem (other than recent unknown parentage) using a combination of genealogical records and DNA evidence. Please include source citations to support your conclusions. Students may register for the course and submit the paper for consideration by July 20th.
    • Or students may submit a summary of their educational and research background in lieu of a report.

Technical Requirements

This course will meet online using Zoom Meetings. Students are responsible to provide their own equipment and adequate bandwidth to participate actively in the course. Webcams and noise-cancelling headphones are strongly advised. Additional technical information will be sent to registered participants via email.

Homework assignments will be given to work on at your convenience between sessions.

Certificate of Completion

Students will receive a certificate of completion if they have attended at least five class sessions and submitted the required homework for all five cases. The Technical Coordinator will maintain an attendance and homework submission roll.

Case Study Instructors

  • Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  • Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG
  • Paul Woodbury, MEd

DNA Advisor

  • Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Technical Coordinator

  • Pat Richley-Erickson

Tuition

  • Regular Price: $475.00
  • UGA Member Price: $450.00

Registration

Registration will open on Saturday, July 11, 2020, 11:00am MDT.

Course Schedule
Session 1: 12:00–2:00 pm Mountain Time

Times Class Title
Thursday, September 24th
12:00–2:00 pm Angela McGhie course introduction and introduce the Paul Woodbury case.
Thursday, October 1st
12:00–2:00 pm Discuss the Paul Woodbury case and introduce the Tom Jones case.
Thursday, October 8th
12:00–2:00 pm Discuss the Tom Jones case and introduce the Melissa Johnson case.
Thursday, October 15th
12:00–2:00 pm Discuss the Melissa Johnson case and introduce the Karen Stanbary case.
Thursday, October 22nd
12:00–2:00 pm Angela will lead a discussion on meeting DNA standards.
Thursday, October 29th
12:00–2:00 pm Discuss the Karen Stanbary case and course summation by Angela.

Session 2: 2:30–4:30 pm Mountain Time

Times Class Title
Thursday, September 24th
2:30–4:30 pm Angela McGhie course introduction and introduce the Paul Woodbury case.
Thursday, October 1st
2:30–4:30 pm Discuss the Paul Woodbury case and introduce the Tom Jones case.
Thursday, October 8th
2:30–4:30 pm Discuss the Tom Jones case and introduce the Melissa Johnson case.
Thursday, October 15th
2:30–4:30 pm Discuss the Melissa Johnson case and introduce the Karen Stanbary case.
Thursday, October 22nd
2:30–4:30 pm Angela will lead a discussion on meeting DNA standards.
Thursday, October 29th
2:30–4:30 pm Discuss the Karen Stanbary case and course summation by Angela.

Faculty

Melissa A. Johnson, CG

Melissa A. Johnson, CGMelissa A. Johnson, CG, is a professional genealogist, writer and editor. She has expertise in researching families with origins in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and England, and works on forensic cases, dual citizenship matters, and lineage society applications. She is also proficient in using DNA test results to break through ancestral brick walls. Melissa is the former Editor of NGS Monthly and frequently writes articles on methodology and sources. She is also Reviews Editor of the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly (APGQ), and editor of the GSNJ Newsletter, a publication of the Genealogical Society of New Jersey.

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS

Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGSThomas W. Jones works and plays full-time as a genealogical editor, educator, researcher, and writer. He has lectured at national genealogy conferences since 1996, coedited the National Genealogical Society Quarterly since 2002, coordinated courses at genealogy institutes since 2006, and taught “Evidence Analysis and Documentation,” in Boston University’s genealogy certificate program. Tom also is the author of Mastering Genealogical Proof, a popular textbook on genealogical methods.

An active genealogist since his teens, Tom's research encompasses records of most American states and France, Germany, Ireland, and Italy. He specializes, however, in Georgia, the Midwest, Northern Ireland, Upstate New York, and Virginia. Tom writes and speaks frequently on genealogical methods applicable across geographic areas and time periods.

Angela Packer McGhie, CG

Angela Packer McGhie, CGAngela Packer McGhie, CG, is a professional researcher, lecturer and instructor. She coordinates the Intermediate Genealogy course at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and the Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum course at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. Angela is an instructor at the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Genealogical Institute on Federal Records. She speaks at national and regional conferences, and is an instructor for the Boston University Genealogical Research Certificate program.

Angela served as the administrator of the ProGen Study Program for six years and is now on the board of directors. She is a past president of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists and has published in the APG Quarterly and the NGS Magazine. Angela currently serves a trustee for the Board for Certification of Genealogists Education Fund.

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CG

Karen Stanbary, MA, LCSW, CGKaren Stanbary, CG, specializes in DNA analysis, Midwestern, Chicago, and Mexican/Puerto Rican research as well as complex problem-solving. She holds a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Chicago. A regular instructor in Chicago’s Newberry Library Adult Education program and at other local and national venues, Karen lectures on topics including Genetic Genealogy, Advanced Genetic Genealogy and the Genealogical Proof Standard.

She is a coordinator and faculty member at three genealogical institutes—GRIP, IGHR, and SLIG. Her ground-breaking, complex evidence case study incorporating traditional documentary research and autosomal DNA analysis in the June 2016 issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly and was awarded the NGSQ Award for Excellence.

She holds the credential Certified Genealogist from the Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG). She serves the Board for Certification of Genealogists as a Trustee and chairs the standing Genetic Genealogy committee and serves on the Ad Hoc Committee for Genetic Genealogy Standards.

Paul Woodbury, MEd

Paul Woodbury, MEdPaul Woodbury is a recent graduate of Brigham Young University where he studied Genetics and Family History. Paul fell in love with genealogy when he was eight years old. Since he was sixteen he knew he wanted to be a genetic genealogist, so he is particularly pleased to work in the field full-time. He currently works as a senior researcher and DNA specialist for Legacy Tree Genealogists. He is also actively pursuing a graduate degree in Instructional Design and Educational Technology. In addition to genetic genealogy, Paul specializes in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Scandinavian research and regularly presents on research topics related to these fields.