The Family Tree Guide To DNA Testing And Genetic Genealogy
The Family Tree Guide To DNA Testing And Genetic Genealogy
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The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy; by Blaine T. Bettinger; 2016; 239 pages; 7x9; color printing; tables; illustrations; ISBN: 978-1-4403-4532-6; Item #FNW20

Finally! We now have a terrific new book to help us with genetic genealogy. There have been several books printed, but it seems to me most have have been either way to scientific, or far too limited in scope for the average genealogist. Blaine T. Bettinger has written a colorful 239 page volume for the genealogical community that I recommend to everyone! It's brand new, with information that is sure to help anyone interested in using DNA to find ancestors.

The Following is from the Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One: Getting Started
  • Chapter 1: Genetic Genealogy Basics
  • Kick-start your genetic research. This chapter features a brief history of DNA testing and breaks down DNA and the four popular genetic tests, plus how to identify your genetic family tree.
  • Chapter 2: Common Misconceptions
  • Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.
  • Chapter 3: Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
  • Conduct conscientious and responsible studies. This chapter explores some of the ethical issues involved in DNA testing for family research and how to account for them.
  • Part Two: Selecting a Test
  • Chapter 4: Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
  • Discover Your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.
  • Chapter 5: Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
  • Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems.
  • Chapter 6: Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
  • Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter's guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA Analysis.
  • Chapter 7: X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
  • Pinpoint your genetic ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.
  • Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results
  • Chapter 8: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
  • Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter's tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA results.
  • Chapter 9: Ethnicity Estimates
  • Unpack the estimate provided by DNA testing companies. This chapter shows what you can use - and can't - learn about your ancestry from ethnicity estimates.
  • Chapter 10: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
  • Dig deeper into your DNA research with these tips and strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.
  • Chapter 11: Genetic Testing for Adoptees
  • Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.
  • Chapter 12: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Gaze into DNA's future with these predictions about the field's trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.
  • Glossary
  • Appendices
  • Appendix A: Comparison Guides
  • Appendix B: Research Forms
  • Appendix C: More Resources
  • Index

About The Author

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Blaine terminology Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney at Bond, terminology & King, PLLC in Syracuse, New York, by day, and a genealogy educator and blogger by night. In 2007, he created The Genetic Genealogist, one of the first blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

Blaine has written numerous DNA-related articles for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. He has been an instructor at the inaugural 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, Family Tree University, and Excelsior College (Albany, NY). He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, and a co-coordinator of the ad hoc Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee. In 2015, he became an alumnus of ProGen Study Group 21 and was elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Blaine was born and raised in Ellisburg, NY, where his ancestors have lived for more than two hundred years, and is the father of two boys. You can find Blaine on his website and on Twitter (@blaine_5).

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