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Free APG webinar: Autosomal DNA

Still wondering about autosomal DNA? Not sure if you’re ready to take that plunge and get tested, or whether it’s worth it to start nagging that cousin for a DNA sample?

Join The Legal Genealogist for an introduction to this newest type of DNA testing and the answers to your autosomal DNA questions in a free webinar sponsored by the Association of Professional Genealogists this Tuesday, April 30, at 9 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. CDT, 7 p.m. MDT and 6 p.m. PDT).

Autosomal DNA, remember, is is the kind of test that works across genders and helps you find cousins in recent generations.1 Unlike YDNA, you don’t have to locate sons of sons of sons to test and only get results in the male line,2 and unlike mitochondrial DNA, you don’t have to locate daughters of daughters of daughters and only get results in the female line.3 With autosomal DNA, you can test the son of a daughter of a son against the daughter of a son of a daughter and get good results even across genders.4 It’s the test offered by Family Tree DNA (the Family Finder test), by 23andMe, and by AncestryDNA.

Here’s the official info from APG on Tuesday’s webinar:

An Autosomal DNA Primer: “Sex Doesn’t Matter Any More”

A plain English introduction to autosomal DNA for non-tech types. Learn how this newest type of DNA testing works across gender lines to tell you more about your deep genetic past and help you find cousins to share your genealogy with today.

Again, this webinar is free and open to all genealogists, courtesy of the Association of Professional Genealogists, so reserve your webinar seat now at:

After April 30th, the recording of this webinar — like all recordings of the APG webinars — will be available to APG members only. So be sure to reserve your seat now for Tuesday’s webinar. Better yet, join APG and get access to this and all the recorded webinars in the APG series — plus a whole lot more in member benefits!


  1. See generally Judy G. Russell, “Autosomal DNA testing,” National Genealogical Society Magazine, October-December 2011, 38-43.
  2. See ISOGG Wiki (, “Y chromosome DNA test,” rev. 21 Jan 2013.
  3. See ISOGG Wiki (, “Mitochondrial DNA test,” rev. 29 Jan 2013.
  4. See generally Russell, “Autosomal DNA testing.”
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