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    About the course

    Your past makes you and shapes you and your family. So have you ever been curious about?

    • Your roots and where you came from?
    • What your family did throughout history?
    • If your family took part in any major historic events?
    • Whether you have a famous relative, or maybe even royal connections?
    • Why everyone on your Dad's side has the same nose and curly hair?

    Do you wonder why you:

    • Look like you do?
    • Act in a certain manner?
    • Are prone to certain diseases, aches or pains?

    You can unlock the door to your unique family story to find out the answers to all these and more when you study our DNA and Genealogy course. You’ll learn where to start digging to build the foundations of your family tree to properly understand your place in the world.

    Understanding how DNA works can also prepare you for an interesting career choice, perhaps in solving crimes! Whether you’re looking for an interesting hobby, stories to entertain your children or searching for ideas to write a book, finding out about your heritage will be an extremely worthwhile investment of your time.

    You never know, you may even come across an inheritance you knew nothing about! Start by finding out more about the curious world of DNA and genealogy.

    What you will learn

    By bringing the past to life, world history will be seen in a new and exciting light. You’ll find out about yourself, your family and their place in society.

    You will be learning:

    • What DNA is and what it can tell you
    • How DNA is used by professionals and to solve crimes
    • How DNA can help you trace diseases
    • Why genealogy is important and how it will help you
    • Where to look for documents and interpret them to uncover your family history
    • Using public records and databases to speed up your search
    • The best ways to use the information to find relatives or uncover medical conditions

    There are countless possibilities of how you can use this knowledge. Your family will love you for creating new anecdotes to share with them. You can even use this knowledge to help others with their genealogy. You can research other people’s history as part of a project or to write a book or film script, for example. This fascinating subject opens so many doors to you. All you need is your imagination!



    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: What Is Dna?
    • 1.1 DNA - the building blocks of life
    • 1.2 What your DNA could say about you
    • 1.3 What is DNA testing?
    • 1.4 How to understand DNA test results to help your research
    • 1.5 How DNA helps the professionals at work
    Module 2: What Can Dna Tell You?
    • 2.1 Solving crimes with DNA
    • 2.2 Using genetic genealogy to answer questions that records can’t
    • 2.3 Tracing diseases and traits through DNA
    • 2.4 Forensic Science, Anthropology and other DNA-based careers
    Module 3: What Is Genealogy?
    • 3.1 Introduction to Genealogy
    • 3.2 Why is genealogy important?
    • 3.3 What can you do with genealogy
    • 3.4 Genealogy in the world of work
    Module 4: Family Records
    • 4.1 What can documents tell you about your roots?
    • 4.2 How to interpret documents to build your family history
    • 4.3 How to replace damaged or lost documents to see the complete picture
    • 4.4 How to interview family members to get all the information you need
    Module 5: Church & Public Records
    • 5.1 Search for documents online to save time
    • 5.2 Where to look for records to find old relatives
    • 5.3 How to use large online databases to find information easily
    • 5.4 How far back can you go?
    Module 6: Creating Your Family Tree
    • 6.1 Putting all the pieces of the puzzle together
    • 6.2 Building your family tree so it makes sense
    • 6.3 Best ways to share what you’ve created - and maybe learn more
    • 6.4 Using the information to uncover medical conditions or trace your inheritance
    • 6.5 Personalize historic events by knowing your family’s role in them


    Who is this course for

    Anyone who loves solving puzzles can learn to unravel the secrets locked in historic documents or the techniques to talk to relatives and get the facts about who they are and where they come from.

    Our course brings together the latest in science with history to guide you through the maze of DNA testing and reading old public records. Then you can put all the pieces together to create your own piece of history, which is exclusive to you and your family.  It helps to create a sense of belonging, and it could open up a whole new world for you too.

    Using the easy-to-follow modules, you will have learn the tools you need to find out about your grandparents, great grandparents and ancestors even further back. Maybe your ancestors left the country of their birth. Do you know where they're from or why they moved? Would you like to retrace their steps and visit those countries or regions? The course opens up a whole new world of opportunities for you. By knowing your history, you can make positive decisions for your future. By understanding your personal history, you can help your children know their place in the world too.

    Career path

    After completing this course, you could:

    • Put together your family's history
    • Start a business putting together family trees and making genealogical searches for others
    • Delve further into genealogy
    • Awaken an interest in a career in DNA or Genealogy
    • Research and write history books, novels or movie scripts


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation