DNA & Genetics Genealogy Books
Trace Your Roots with DNA :
Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree
Written by two of the country's top
genealogists, this authoritative book is the first to explain how new and
groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry
According to American Demographics, 113 million Americans have begun to trace
their roots, making genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country
(after gardening). Enthusiasts clamor for new information from dozens of
subscription-based websites, email newsletters, and magazines devoted to the
subject. For these eager roots-seekers looking to take their searches to the
next level, DNA testing is the answer.
After a brief introduction to genealogy and genetics fundamentals, the authors
explain the types of available testing, what kind of information the tests can
provide, how to interpret the results, and how the tests work (it doesn't
involve digging up your dead relatives). It's in expensive, easy to do, and the
results are accurate: It's as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and
popping a sample in the mail.
Family lore has it that a branch of our family emigrated to Argentina and now
I've found some people there with our name. Can testing tell us whether we're
from the same family?
My mother was adopted and doesn't know her ethnicity. Are there any tests
available to help her learn about her heritage? I just discovered someone else
with my highly unusual surname. How can we find out if we have a common
ancestor? These are just a few of the types of genealogical scenarios readers
can pursue. The authors reveal exactly what is possible-and what is not
possible-with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous
historical mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic
genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.
How to Interpret Your DNA Test Results for
Family History & Ancestry: Scientists Speak Out on Genealogy Joining Genetics
by Anne Hart
Scientists in the news speak out from opposite
sides of the fence on the question of DNA testing for researching family history
and ancestry. How do you interpret your own DNA test results? How do you work
with or research oral history?
What’s the cultural component behind a trait as biological as your genes? If
you’re a beginning family historian, an oral history researcher, or a person
with no science background fascinated with ancestry, here’s how to understand
and use the results of DNA tests. Scientists, media, historians, and business
owners share different opinions on whether DNA testing is a useful tool in the
hands of family historians.
Steve Olson, author of the book, Mapping Human History in a telephone interview
with me answered my question, "What do you say about using DNA as a tool for
genealogy—to extend family history research?"
Does Steve Olson think DNA testing as a tool is useful to genealogists? What
does Bryan Sykes, author of the best-selling, The Seven Daughters of Eve have to
say? Sykes’s book has a very different opinion about DNA testing and
genealogy/family history research. The two have opposite views. Numerous
Sykes is associated with Oxford Ancestors, the world's first company to harness
the power and precision of modern DNA-based genetics for use in genealogy. The
motto on the Oxford Ancestors Web site reads: “Putting the genes in genealogy.”
Use these resources and easy to understand explanations for family history
How to DNA Test Our Family Relationships
by Alexander Kuklin, Terrence Carmichael
- Paul Allen, Co-founder of MyFamily.com and
“The information about your ancestry is hidden in your DNA. This book invites
you to reveal it. A must read for those interested in uncovering their true
family identity and history.”
How to DNA test your family relationships is a condensed and informative guide
to molecular biology techniques used in studying biological relations with close
and distant family members. You may have heard of mitochondrial Eve and nuclear
adam. Now read about how to test DNA and answer questions of your true historic
identity, ethnicity, religion, and even geographical origin.
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Dna Press (December 28, 2000)
- ISBN: 0966402715
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
DNA And Family History (Paperback)
by Chris Pomery, Steve Jones
In the wake of highly-publicized scientific
breakthroughs in using genetics to establish family connections, genealogists
began to see potential for their own research. Now many are finding that
organizing tests is a relatively straightforward matter - and that comparing the
DNA signatures of individuals can reveal startling information on families,
surnames and origins.
About the Author
Chris Pomery is organizer of the pioneering Pomeroy study, which has been widely
cited in coverage including Radio 4's Surnames, Genes and Genealogy and Steve
Jones' controversial book Y: The Descent of Men. He lives in Cornwall, England.