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Mar 10, 2017

Bettinger's book is a thorough and comprehensive guide for understanding all aspects of DNA testing. It discusses the different types of genetic testing including Mitochondrial DNA, Y-Chromosomal, and Autosomal-DNA. Of course, Autosomal- DNA (atDNA) has become increasingly popular with the general public because of tests offered by companies like AncestryDNA, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA. The book addresses the methods and advantages of each company's testing and results. Personally, I was Bettinger's book is a thorough and comprehensive guide for understanding all aspects of DNA testing. It discusses the different types of genetic testing including Mitochondrial DNA, Y-Chromosomal, and Autosomal-DNA. Of course, Autosomal- DNA (atDNA) has become increasingly popular with the general public because of tests offered by companies like AncestryDNA, 23 and Me, and Family Tree DNA. The book addresses the methods and advantages of each company's testing and results. Personally, I was most interested in the Ancestry section because that is what I used to better understand my results. AncestryDNA offers ethnicity estimates. The goal of these estimates is to "identify where the test-taker's DNA was found approximately five hundred to one thousand years ago."

I especially enjoyed the chapter on "Ethics and Genetic Genealogy." This chapter helped to ease my worries over DNA storage and privacy issues. The discussion of relationship discovery or disruption was particularly intriguing. These companies often have wonderful stories of siblings and parents finding one another after adoptions, but what happens when someone finds an unexpected relative or a test-taker discovers that a "relative" is not a genetic match? Fortunately, this did not personally happen to me, but with more people added to these databases everyday, this presents ethical concerns that must be considered. I only have one other close relative that has taken the Ancestry test, and the test confirmed that we are second cousins. I guess I can no longer keep contending that I was mistakenly switched at birth.

In conclusion, DNA tests are a wonderful tool used along with other forms of genealogical research to help better understand your family tree.

My results:

45% Western Europe (Germany/France)
29% Ireland
14% Scandinavia
8% Britain
Trace regions
2% Iberian Peninsula
<1% Italy/Greece
<1% Finland/NW Russia

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Sep 25, 2017

I thought this was going to be along the lines of the "For Dummies" series, which would be perfect for me. Instead, this was more for the "For Genius" crowd. I like to think I understand science a little better than most, but this book was most humbling and I could not finish it.
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Sep 27, 2016

The genetic genealogy community has been anticipating the publication of the newest DNA book on the block. Blaine started a blog on DNA and genealogy in 2007. Since then he has become one of the genetic genealogy gurus. I immediately ordered a copy as soon as it became available. The book does not disappoint. He covers selecting the right DNA testing, how to use the various tests: mitochondrial, Y, autosomal and X. One of my favorite parts is a chart showing the odds of a fourth cousin match in The genetic genealogy community has been anticipating the publication of the newest DNA book on the block. Blaine started a blog on DNA and genealogy in 2007. Since then he has become one of the genetic genealogy gurus. I immediately ordered a copy as soon as it became available. The book does not disappoint. He covers selecting the right DNA testing, how to use the various tests: mitochondrial, Y, autosomal and X. One of my favorite parts is a chart showing the odds of a fourth cousin match in each of the major testing companies. He has very helpful charts throughout the book. He even discusses how to use those ethnicity estimates companies give. For me I especially liked the part on third-party tools. I have used some, but he has a nice section on one I have not used, yet. This book is excellent for anyone just starting DNA in genealogy or who has need for some higher level basics. ...more
5

Feb 14, 2018

This book is more for folks who have done their DNA than for those who are just thinking of doing it. But -- if you don't understand how DNA for genealogy works or why you would even want to buy a kit and submit it - Bettinger explains the process bit by bit.

For those of us who have received results of our DNA and want to take the next step, this book is chock full of excellent information as to what we can find, why the results can be confusing and how to maximize the knowledge from our This book is more for folks who have done their DNA than for those who are just thinking of doing it. But -- if you don't understand how DNA for genealogy works or why you would even want to buy a kit and submit it - Bettinger explains the process bit by bit.

For those of us who have received results of our DNA and want to take the next step, this book is chock full of excellent information as to what we can find, why the results can be confusing and how to maximize the knowledge from our results. It has great graphics, excellent links and is about as clear as he can be on a very confusing subject. ...more
5

Nov 17, 2016

Blaine Bettinger is well known among genealogists as the author of the popular blog The Genetic Genealogist. His blog posts offer advice about testing, provide a one-stop destination for important updates about the major testing companies, and sometimes feature examples of how DNA testing has been put to use to solve real genealogical puzzles. Now, in partnership with Family Tree Books, Bettinger has gathered all of his knowledge in one place.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Blaine Bettinger is well known among genealogists as the author of the popular blog The Genetic Genealogist. His blog posts offer advice about testing, provide a one-stop destination for important updates about the major testing companies, and sometimes feature examples of how DNA testing has been put to use to solve real genealogical puzzles. Now, in partnership with Family Tree Books, Bettinger has gathered all of his knowledge in one place.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy is as good a book as one could imagine for this market. Sure, some of its content will be out-of-date by next year, but it succeeds in every aspect Bettinger and the publisher could control. Everyone from beginners to professional genealogists will find value in it.

DNA testing is no longer new, but it remains the frontier of genealogy. In the early chapters, Bettinger summarizes the history of commercial DNA testing and introduces the different kinds of DNA (and DNA tests) that can be used to answer genealogical questions. Beginners will learn a lot from his simple explanations of Y-chromosome DNA, mitochondrial DNA, and autosomal DNA and how they can best be put to use. Later chapters, suited for more advanced genealogists, explore third-party tools that can help squeeze even more information out of each test as well as sophisticated ways of combining DNA results with traditional genealogical techniques to solve complex problems. Every chapter contains examples that illustrate the techniques Bettinger discusses.

I am a professional genealogist (www.genealogicresearch.com). Some of the my clients were adopted, orphaned, conceived in adultery, or otherwise don’t know their immediate genetic ancestry. Many of the ancestors we’re searching for are still alive. Sometimes genetic testing uncovers secrets some family members would rather have kept hidden. With this in mind, I appreciated Bettinger’s clear understanding of the ethical questions raised by genetic genealogy. Chapter 3 focuses exclusively on ethical issues, but Bettinger does an excellent job weaving ethics into every chapter. What privacy can you expect from the companies handling your DNA? What should you expect from a professional genealogist with whom you have shared your raw DNA data? (What exactly is that data?) What do you need to consider if you find a close cousin match that implies your uncle had an affair? Bettinger does a superb job explaining the official Genetic Genealogy Standards, which address many of these issues, but he is also clear about their limitations. Each case in unique and people who choose to use DNA must understand the potential outcomes and ethical issues *before* they begin their search.

Overall, the book is an excellent guide. Key terms, techniques, and ethical considerations all get sufficient space. The writing is straightforward and concise. Graphics and charts are all easy to read and properly labeled in the text. And the whole book is colorful and interesting to look at. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in learning more about genetic genealogy. ...more
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Feb 17, 2018

This is, essentially, a text book for a class you teach yourself. I walked into it with a scattered and decent sense of what DNA can tell me as a prospective genealogist, and I finished it with a much fuller grounding. Theres a lot I have to go back and get down more clearly, but Im solid enough with all of this that I could tell an absolute beginner the differences between the commercially available DNA tests.

Theres not a whole lot more to say than that. Bettinger does what he promises hell do. This is, essentially, a text book for a class you teach yourself. I walked into it with a scattered and decent sense of what DNA can tell me as a prospective genealogist, and I finished it with a much fuller grounding. There’s a lot I have to go back and get down more clearly, but I’m solid enough with all of this that I could tell an absolute beginner the differences between the commercially available DNA tests.

There’s not a whole lot more to say than that. Bettinger does what he promises he’ll do. The charts are clear, his language is straightforward, and I sense that some of the more detailed discussions will be useful if I ever pursue some of these questions in an applied way.

I understand that this is the definitive book on the subject, at least at this moment. I’m sure this will be dated within a few years – the science is evolving (as Bettinger clearly and intriguingly explains) and much of the approach here is tied to the commercial offerings of 23andme, Ancestry.com, and Family Tree DNA, which will, almost certainly, change rapidly to meet new consumer demand – but that’s fine.

If, like me, you couldn’t find a single place to get all the answers, this is that place. It’s going on my shelf, and I expect I’ll be consulting it.
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Jun 23, 2019

I have been researching my family's genealogy for more than twenty years. Until a couple of months ago, I had stuck with documentary research. Then a second cousin asked me to submit DNA for a Y-chromosome study. The results arrived two weeks ago. But I decided not to look at them until I have at least a little understanding of the science behind genetic genealogy.

Until now genetic biology has been one of those subjects, that, for me, have defied understanding. It was as though anything I read I have been researching my family's genealogy for more than twenty years. Until a couple of months ago, I had stuck with documentary research. Then a second cousin asked me to submit DNA for a Y-chromosome study. The results arrived two weeks ago. But I decided not to look at them until I have at least a little understanding of the science behind genetic genealogy.

Until now genetic biology has been one of those subjects, that, for me, have defied understanding. It was as though anything I read on the subject bounced off of my skull before reaching my brain.

This book seems to have broken through. It is highly readable; and, while I think it assumes readers have a little bit of knowledge about genetics, it seems great for beginners. Bettinger organized the book's chapters to allow readers to find what they need without having to wade through a lot of extraneous material. I read the first three chapters, which provide a good foundation in DNA analysis and how to use it to bolster confidence in one's documentary research. Then I was able to skip to the chapters on Y-DNA science and uses.

That reading encouraged me to delve into the rest of the book which deals with mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA and its uses.

This book has been a great help; and I have been reading it for free on Hoopla. ...more
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Oct 06, 2019

This book is a great resource for people who are researching genealogy using DNA testing! I figured out Family Tree DNA by trial and error and talking with a cousin who is using it. I wish I had the book 6 months ago. It wouldve saved me a lot of time! One important aspect I learned more info about was the X chromosome inheritance. I discovered its more complicated than I realized! The chart on page 128 is a great visual. The diagrams and charts are an integral part in understanding the This book is a great resource for people who are researching genealogy using DNA testing! I figured out Family Tree DNA by trial and error and talking with a cousin who is using it. I wish I had the book 6 months ago. It would’ve saved me a lot of time! One important aspect I learned more info about was the X chromosome inheritance. I discovered it’s more complicated than I realized! The chart on page 128 is a great visual. The diagrams and charts are an integral part in understanding the concepts. I definitely recommend using this book to help you with your research in analyzing matches and understanding your results. I still have questions but this book is a great starting point. The author also runs a private Facebook group Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques, which I recommend joining, if you want to learn more. I find the comment section to be the most useful since members frequently link to useful websites and articles. ...more
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Feb 28, 2017

Although I have been working on my family tree on and off for over 25 years, genetic genealogy is comparatively new to me. I've taken the autosomal test; persuaded and paid other relatives to take the appropriate tests: autosomal, mtDNA, and YDNA. And it's been interesting. I knocked down a pretty big brick wall. I found out some things I would never have guessed.

But mostly, when it came to looking at my results, everything I've learned I've sort of picked up here and there. The occasional blog Although I have been working on my family tree on and off for over 25 years, genetic genealogy is comparatively new to me. I've taken the autosomal test; persuaded and paid other relatives to take the appropriate tests: autosomal, mtDNA, and YDNA. And it's been interesting. I knocked down a pretty big brick wall. I found out some things I would never have guessed.

But mostly, when it came to looking at my results, everything I've learned I've sort of picked up here and there. The occasional blog post, a few YouTube videos, talking to other genealogists, and in one instance, cornering a bioinformatician and trying to get her to explain stuff to me (I got WAY more info than I ever needed and it wasn't really on point for what I was doing).

Why am I telling you all this? Well, I don't think my experience is that unique. I keep talking to other genealogists who haven't figured it all out either or who have the same questions.

I just wish I'd read Bettinger's book sooner. It's a textbook, but given that you probably WANT to understand all this, it's a readable textbook. If you're like me and your scientific understanding is weak, he explains it in terms that are understandable. He goes through the 4 types of tests, explaining the advantages and limitations of each. He takes you through the various third-party tools; wades into the ethical issues; covers ethnicity estimates; and makes suggestions for which test and which company you should consider. There's also quite a lot that is relevant for adoptees or parents or relatives trying to locate children that were adopted out.

DNA testing isn't going to tell you necessarily that you're descended from William the Conqueror. It's a tool and it's one where I think you really need the manual. This is that manual.
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4

Nov 02, 2016

Great introduction to how to interpret DNA results sent to Ancestry, Family Tree DNA etc. Much more complex subject than I thought.
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May 16, 2017

This is a comprehensive guide to understanding the different types of DNA testing and how these tests help genealogists to solve brick wall issues. The author does very well to explain the basics (and not so basics) of DNA, and what each test covers. The book covers tests from the 3 large testing companies: 23andMe, Ancestry, and Family Tree DNA. The book also provides charts and forms that the genealogist can use to get started on a "genetic genealogy" tree.

This is well worth the read, This is a comprehensive guide to understanding the different types of DNA testing and how these tests help genealogists to solve brick wall issues. The author does very well to explain the basics (and not so basics) of DNA, and what each test covers. The book covers tests from the 3 large testing companies: 23andMe, Ancestry, and Family Tree DNA. The book also provides charts and forms that the genealogist can use to get started on a "genetic genealogy" tree.

This is well worth the read, especially if you feel overwhelmed with the different options in DNA testing, or don't know how to interpret your results. I was really impressed at how well the author explained everything without getting too technical. ...more
5

Dec 09, 2017

I sent for my DNA kit and wnted to understand how it works. This book is very readable, but some of it is pretty complex. I don't pretend I understand it all yet, but I certainly know more than I knew before reading it!
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Nov 23, 2017

Well-written explanation of genetic genealogy and how DNA testing might help the genealogist. The book is written in understandable English! It contains clear explanations of the principles involved, and has numerous charts, tables, and drawings explaining the points the author intends to make.
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May 28, 2019

This book is an excellent beginning point for individuals interested in using DNA in their genealogical research. That being said, it is important to note that some items are already out of date. That is the nature of this rapidly growing discipline, however, and not the fault of the author.

I have read many articles and blog posts relating to DNA as well as attended many classes on DNA so much of this book was review for me. Despite that, I felt like this book could be read and understood by This book is an excellent beginning point for individuals interested in using DNA in their genealogical research. That being said, it is important to note that some items are already out of date. That is the nature of this rapidly growing discipline, however, and not the fault of the author.

I have read many articles and blog posts relating to DNA as well as attended many classes on DNA so much of this book was review for me. Despite that, I felt like this book could be read and understood by most who are interested. I also have many hundreds of hours of atDNA work under my belt so much of the text was very familiar. I am not, however, as well-versed in Y-DNA, mtDNA, or using X-DNA. The chapters on mtDNA and using X-DNA were very interesting to me and made a lot of sense. The Y-DNA information still feels a little muddy for me. Part of the problem is that my biggest DNA research project was not aided at all by the Y-DNA test my uncle took for me. That line turned out to be Ashkenazi Jewish, and thus very difficult to work with. I think that has negatively impacted my view on the usefulness of Y-DNA. I am working on a second project using Y-DNA that I hope will turn that around for me.

Items that are out of date:

*There is no reference to MyHeritage DNA which is now generally considered one of the big 5. (According to Wikipedia, this book was printed around the same time that MyHeritage DNA launched.
LivingDNA was also launched after this book was published.)

*The database sizes are definitely seriously out of date - but that is a GREAT thing!

*Many of the features and tools of the individual websites are now different with many new and very helpful tools that hadn't been created when this book was published.

Those portions of the book are not the crux of the writing, so if a reader takes a few minutes with those websites or Google, they can quickly catch up on items that have changed over time. The main body of the work is still very applicable today.

The layout of the book is appealing and features lots of colors and clean design elements. There are plenty of charts, images, and other graphics that support the text well.

The book is presented in a very logical fashion and each concept builds upon the previous concepts.

The glossary is well done and might be a good place to start and end your study of the text.

Bettinger's Chapter 12, "The Future of Genetic Genealogy," was especially interesting to me. With many of the new tools now available reflecting some of Bettinger's predictions, particularly AncestryDNA's ThruLines.

While there are many excellent passages worth quoting, I will mention only this, from page 225, "A genealogist's education is never complete." So true, and exactly why I read this and will read still more books on DNA and genealogy. ...more
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Jun 21, 2018

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Blaine T. Bettinger. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2016. Softcover, 239 pp.
I decided to read this book after seeing it in the new book section in the library. It is published by Family Tree, a company that conducts DNA tests for genealogy purposes. I hoped to find out information about cutting-edge DNA testing, and I am reasonably satisfied that the book provides that.
The book describes itself as providing information about DNA The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. Blaine T. Bettinger. Cincinnati, Ohio: Family Tree Books, 2016. Softcover, 239 pp.
I decided to read this book after seeing it in the new book section in the library. It is published by Family Tree, a company that conducts DNA tests for genealogy purposes. I hoped to find out information about cutting-edge DNA testing, and I am reasonably satisfied that the book provides that.
The book describes itself as providing information about DNA genealogy tests in plain English. It covers ethical issues (warning you that genealogy tests may give you surprising results, such as uncovering relatives you didn’t know about) and goes over what information you can expect to find from the different tests. It covers mtDNA (mitochondrial DNA), Y-DNA, atDNA (autosomal DNA), and X-DNA, and discusses how to use those results in genealogy.
Some of the information I was already somewhat familiar with. The most interesting new information was about autosomal DNA. Autosomal DNA refers to the DNA of the 22 chromosomes that are not sex chromosomes (that is, not X or Y). The book goes over what you can expect from analyzing the results, namely that autosomal DNA can be helpful in finding first cousins and second cousins but that as you go to third and fourth cousins and more distant relatives it becomes less helpful.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to find out about the state-of-the-art on what you can find out about genealogy from DNA testing. In addition to being informative the book is very readable. I read the book in one sitting – it took me two or three hours.
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Dec 26, 2018

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You must have heard about DNA. We studied it back in school, way back in the dark ages of the 1970s. Now, DNA testing has become all the rage.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger is a great resource to help genealogists and wannabe genealogists make sense of a complicated subject.

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You must have heard about DNA. We studied it back in school, way back in the dark ages of the 1970s. Now, DNA testing has become all the rage.

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine Bettinger is a great resource to help genealogists and wannabe genealogists make sense of a complicated subject.

I am not a genealogist and I don’t play one on TV. However, my beautiful child-bride Suzanne is a genealogist and she has just branched out into the fascinating world of using DNA testing to assist in tracing the family tree.

Just like any new scientific area, DNA testing will develop and find more and more uses. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy will help you understand the technology as it relates to the world today.

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Oct 12, 2017

This book does a very thorough job of helping genealogists understand the ins and outs of genetic testing and using the results to aid in genealogical research. Although it can be overly technical at times, the text is very nicely structured, and most of the material should be within grasp of a lay person.

The author uses the three largest commercial genetic testing companies (Ancestry, Family Tree, and 23&Me) to go through the services offered through the testing companies, each type of DNA This book does a very thorough job of helping genealogists understand the ins and outs of genetic testing and using the results to aid in genealogical research. Although it can be overly technical at times, the text is very nicely structured, and most of the material should be within grasp of a lay person.

The author uses the three largest commercial genetic testing companies (Ancestry, Family Tree, and 23&Me) to go through the services offered through the testing companies, each type of DNA test, the information the tests provide, how those tests can be used to trace genetic and genealogical heritage, and how to use third-party software and services to do even deeper research.

Also included in the book is a glossary to quickly reference commonly used genetic genealogy terms, a number of different templates to help genealogists begin their research, and a plethora of additional resources and recommended reading for those wanting to learn more.

My biggest criticism of the text is the lack, and poor placement of the illustrations. I often found myself flipping between pages trying to see the various reference images. In cases where the text became complex, I often wished for more or better illustrations.

Although anyone with an interest could read this book, because of how complex it can get, I would only recommended it to a person who has done, or is seriously considering, genetic testing for genealogical research. ...more
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May 03, 2017

I'm a person that purchased a couple DNA tests (autosomal and maternal DNA) without really knowing what I was getting into. So after getting the results and trying to make sense of all the information, I checked this book out. You really should get it before you buy any tests, but sometimes you do things backwards. The book cleared up many of my questions, but still some of it went over my head or was just stuff I don't need to get into at my level. I definitely recommend as it will help you get I'm a person that purchased a couple DNA tests (autosomal and maternal DNA) without really knowing what I was getting into. So after getting the results and trying to make sense of all the information, I checked this book out. You really should get it before you buy any tests, but sometimes you do things backwards. The book cleared up many of my questions, but still some of it went over my head or was just stuff I don't need to get into at my level. I definitely recommend as it will help you get the most of your results and to not misinterpret anything (DNA can be a little more complex than people think). This book is also newer and up to date with lots of information about all the tests you can get and an unbiased view of the differences between the companies out there. ...more
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Dec 13, 2019

Excellent book on DNA and its uses in genealogy. Mr. Bettinger doesn't assume that we know anything, which is good. He explains the basics of DNA, X DNA testing, Y DNA testing mt DNA testing and autosomal DNA testing. Then he discusses how each test can be used to find relatives, increase your family tree, compare trees and make matches. Of course, when he refers to online sites, things change so quickly that you will need to double check that the links and references are still viable.

As a Excellent book on DNA and its uses in genealogy. Mr. Bettinger doesn't assume that we know anything, which is good. He explains the basics of DNA, X DNA testing, Y DNA testing mt DNA testing and autosomal DNA testing. Then he discusses how each test can be used to find relatives, increase your family tree, compare trees and make matches. Of course, when he refers to online sites, things change so quickly that you will need to double check that the links and references are still viable.

As a primer and introductory course in to genetic genealogy, this book can't be beat, and the author is completely qualified to guide you through your testing process. ...more
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Feb 19, 2019

Helpful and comprehensive overview but I already had picked up a lot of the info before from other sources and in particular, discussed on the author's Genetic Genealogy Facebook group. And I still feel like I have no idea how to put it all into practice. But since none of the relatives that have matched my spouse's DNA have trees, I've never actually had the opportunity to try. :( And really, the learning is in the doing right? Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone starting in genetic Helpful and comprehensive overview but I already had picked up a lot of the info before from other sources and in particular, discussed on the author's Genetic Genealogy Facebook group. And I still feel like I have no idea how to put it all into practice. But since none of the relatives that have matched my spouse's DNA have trees, I've never actually had the opportunity to try. :( And really, the learning is in the doing right? Anyway, I would recommend this book to anyone starting in genetic genealogy and I'm glad I bought it because I definitely will reference it if every I find a match that has more than 6 people in their tree. *fingers crossed* ...more
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Dec 30, 2017

Accessible and truly helpful!

I was very reluctant to dig into DNA, as it resembled algebra, not one of my favorite things. This book helped me realize that there is nothing to fear, and much to gain, from learning a few principles and applying new skills in GEDMatch. I now have hope that someday I might be able to identify my second great-grandmothers maiden name, in spite of the fact that all records were lost to fire. Take your time, absorb at your own pace, but read this book. You will make Accessible and truly helpful!

I was very reluctant to dig into DNA, as it resembled algebra, not one of my favorite things. This book helped me realize that there is nothing to fear, and much to gain, from learning a few principles and applying new skills in GEDMatch. I now have hope that someday I might be able to identify my second great-grandmother’s maiden name, in spite of the fact that all records were lost to fire. Take your time, absorb at your own pace, but read this book. You will make better use of your DNA dollars if you do.
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Nov 01, 2018

I bought this book as recommended by Ray Jones in his class. Although I have great interest in the subject, I found it hard to read this book and set it aside for months at a time. I took it on a recent trip and read much in airports while waiting. Though it was difficult for me to read, there is a lot of information in this book. I have highlighted many sections and turned down pages for follow-up. It will be a valuable reference.
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Feb 11, 2019

This was a very helpful book to read as I begin my study of DNA testing and how to use it to break down brick walls in my genealogy research. All types of DNA testing are covered and the author explains the science behind it well enough that one doesn't need a biology degree to understand. There are chapters on each type of test and how to use the results to find family relationships and common ancestors.
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Feb 01, 2020

Some very useful information, however, the text was distracting due to the plethora of misspelled words. Graphs and illustrations were not on the same page as the text description and some graphs and text were just plain wrong. Editors and/or proofreaders must have been asleep when they gave a green light for this 2nd edition. Very disappointed.
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Apr 01, 2019

Very clear and helpful introduction to DNA testing as a tool in genealogical research. I started reading the Kindle edition of this book (from my local library) but found it difficult to follow the charts and graphs. The print edition is well designed and makes it much easier to absorb the concepts given the helpful diagrams, tables, and illustrations.

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