Online Genealogy Course

DNA Academy: Genetic Genealogy for Beginners & Intermediate Learners

Unlock the secrets of your ancestry with our comprehensive genetic genealogy course, DNA Academy. Our comprehensive genetic genealogy course is designed to guide you through the intricate process of incorporating DNA testing in genealogy research.

Learn how to effectively use genetic genealogy to trace a lineage, confirm family connections, and uncover new relatives.


Ericka Grizzard
Professional Genetic Genealogist
Cyndi Harlin
Professional Genetic Genealogist

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for the DNA Academy

  • Our course is self-paced, allowing you a flexible learning experience.
  • Presented in a building-block format, our course teaches the basics before moving on to more complex concepts so that you can build confidence in your skills.

Who is this genetic genealogy course for?

The DNA Academy Course is for you if:
You've taken a DNA test and have asked, "now what?"
You want to learn tried-and-true methods for utilizing DNA test results.
You want to better understand ethnicity estimates and how they apply to your family history.

You're seeking out biological family members, such as parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.
You need assistance with determining which test is best for you.
You have a research brick wall that you haven't been able to resolve using traditional research methods.

Check Out the Reviews by Previous DNA Academy Students!

The DNA Academy course was extremely thorough!

The DNA Academy course was very detailed, I could say "leaving no stone unturned". It was well organized and easy to go back to review previous lessons. Numerous hand outs are provided, which will also be helpful in the future. Definitely the course to learn about how to utilize DNA in family history research. Highly recommended!

CE Simpson
Happy Trace Academy Graduate

After working through the lessons in the Trace DNA Academy, I have a good grasp of the concepts and have made significant progress analyzing my DNA results. Prior to the course, I had trouble getting started and figuring out what to do with all those matches. As I progressed through the course, I did all the exercises and feel much more competent. Spending time on the exercises using my own data was enormously helpful. It took me a year to complete the course, working at my own pace. I can now confidently carry a conversation about ethnicity, DNA, and family relationships.
DNA Academy: Genetic Genealogy

I absolutely LOVED this course! Very detailed and informative. I worked at my own pace and spent alot of time on sections that were important to me or that I didn't quite get the first time. I'd 100% recommend it to anyone interested in Genetic Genealogy.
Vanessa C

Learn How to Use DNA in Genealogy Research with the DNA Academy Online Genealogy Class

Through the DNA Academy, we'll guide you step-by-step through interpreting DNA results, utilizing various databases, and integrating genetic data with traditional genealogical records. You will be introduced to essential tools and time-tested methods used by professional genetic genealogists that will equip you with the skills and confidence to identify biological relations and overcome even the most stubborn brick walls in your family tree.
By the end of this course, you will have a robust understanding of genetic genealogy and be well-equipped to use DNA in genealogy research. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced genealogist, this course will provide you with the knowledge and tools necessary to make significant strides in your genealogical journey. Join us and unlock the secrets of your ancestry today!

What is Genetic Genealogy?

Genetic genealogy is a research method that combines DNA testing and analysis with traditional genealogy research to identify and establish family relationships, helping you to discover more about your ancestry. Genetic genealogy involves analyzing specific regions of the DNA that are passed down from our ancestors. This analysis can reveal relationships, ethnic backgrounds, and even potential health risks.

Comprehensive & Digestible Lessons

Genetic genealogy can seem like a daunting subject. The DNA Academy lessons have been carefully and thoughtfully crafted by professional genealogists and educators to break down each subject so they are easy to understand. We have utilized a building block format, so that you can start with the basics and move to complex subjects with ease and confidence.

Valuable Learning Resources

Our valuable learning resources include step-by-step videos and downloadable, hand-out guides and tutorials explaining the genetic genealogy research methods taught in this course, so that you can apply the knowledge with ease.

You can also revisit the course material even after you have completed the course to review the information and refresh yourself on the materials.

Practical Self-Directed Learning Activities

DNA Academy utilizes practical, self-directed learning activities to apply the lessons to your own research.

Learning activities are not graded, and allow you the chance to apply the lessons in real-time to your own research questions.

Personalized Skills Certificate

After reading through all lessons, working through the activities and successfully completing the multiple-choice assessments designed to reiterate the course content, you will earn a skills certificate representing the achievement of furthering your genealogy education.

Course contents

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need prior experience using DNA in research?

This course is constructed so that someone with little-to-no experience can develop genetic genealogy research skills. The course increases in complexity as it continues, so even a more experienced researcher should find it useful as well.

Will this help me find my biological parent?

Though the course itself may not directly lead to finding your biological parent(s), as there are a variety of factors that play into DNA research success, the skills and knowledge acquired will definitely help in this pursuit. We’ve focused a lot of the course learning on practical application of tried-and-true DNA methodologies.

Will this help me break down my genealogy brick wall?

Depending on the project, an understanding of your DNA can definitely help break down certain genealogy brick walls. It is not a solve-all solution, however, DNA is one component that can be very helpful in genealogy research and this course is the most robust DNA course on the market.

Is this course supposed to be completed in a specific time?

There is no specified amount of time you are required to complete the course in. That being said, we estimate the course to take about five weeks. 

What do I receive buying this course?

You receive full access to the course, including 29 modules (27 learning + orientation and conclusion), over 100 lessons/chapters, over 20 handouts/guides/worksheets, almost 20 skills practice applications, and more. 

Who authored the course?

The course was authored by members of the Trace Genealogy Team. These Professional Genealogists have 40+ years cumulative experience in genealogy research. Their experience includes certificates from Boston University’s genealogical program, Progen, as well as other programs. They currently practice genealogy, working on genealogy projects for clients every day. Trace was founded in 2014 and has successfully helped thousands of customers overcome their complicated research brick walls.

Will I get a certificate upon completion of the course?

Upon achieving 80% or better on all skill assessments, participants will be able to receive a certificate of completion. You will receive a digital certificate.

What support is offered upon buying this course?

Technical support will be offered during standard business hours via email at

Ready to Level Up Your Genetic Genealogy Skills?

Our DNA Academy genetic genealogy course will help you unlock your family history. Whether you're looking to connect with biological relatives or overcome a research brick wall, this course will help guide you in discovering more about your family.

Sign up for DNA Academy and learn the methods utilized by professional genetic genealogists to solve genealogical mysteries, use all the relevant and cutting-edge tools available in the industry, and apply the learning to your own family tree along the way.

Our DNA Academy genetic genealogy course features:

  • Curriculum crafted by professional genealogists and educators
  • 27 learning modules
  • Over 100 self-paced lessons
  • Over 20 handouts, guides and worksheets
  • Over 20 practical, self-directed learning activities

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