Seattle Genealogical Society
SGS DNA for Beginners
New to genetic genealogy?
Who, what, why, and where to DNA test
Autosomal, mitochondrial, and Y-DNA
Third-party tools
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April 3, 10, and 17, 2024
1:00 - 2:30 PM Pacific Time
SGS DNA for Beginners 2024.1 series completed Apr 17, 2024.
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The class consists of three weekly 90-minute online sessions conducted via Zoom.
  • Week 1
    • Why use DNA?
    • Types of DNA
    • Types of tests and what you can learn from each
  • Week 2
    • Deeper dive into autosomal DNA
    • Introduction to third-party tools
  • Week 3
    • Deeper dive on mitochondrial and Y-DNA
    • Resources for continuing your learning
All sessions will be recorded and available for viewing by paid registrants for thirty days
following the last session, through May 15, 2024.
Class fee $80  (SGS members $65)
Minimum enrollment: 10
Maximum enrollment: 20
Karin Lovisa Borgerson is a professional genealogist specializing in genetic genealogy, using a combination of DNA data and historical records to help guide curious people on a journey of self-discovery where science meets story. 
Her education includes a BA in biology and anthropology from Oberlin College; an MBA in socially and environmentally sustainable business from Bainbridge Graduate Institute; graduate study in science, health and environmental journalism at NYU; coursework in computer science and genome sciences at University of Washington; and multiple genealogy institutes, including studying advanced genetic genealogy with Blaine Bettinger and Cece Moore and advanced genealogical methods with Tom Jones. 
Her professional experience includes more than three years in the Division of Medical Genetics at the University of Washington helping to create the first training program for genetic counselors in the state, biomedical research at the University of Michigan, and roles in multiple software start-ups. She served as Director of Education for the Seattle Genealogical Society in 2017-2018.