Blaine Bettinger, PhD, JD

Blaine is an intellectual property attorney by day and a genetic genealogist by night. In 2007, he started The Genetic Genealogist (, one of the earliest blogs on the topic. Dr. Bettinger has been interviewed and quoted on personal genomics topics in Newsweek, New Scientist, Wired, and others. He authored I Have the Results of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What? in 2008, which is distributed by Family Tree DNA to all of their new customers.

Blaine frequently authors articles and gives presentations to educate others about using DNA to explore their ancestry. He is an instructor for genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, and Family Tree University. Blaine was recently elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees and graduated from ProGen Study Group 21 in 2015.

June 2024 Course Coordinator- 2024-01 Advanced DNA Evidence

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