Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree, Issue 1
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 historial mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Familyhistorian - LibraryThing
"Trace Your Roots with DNA" is a classic written when genetic genealogy was just taking off. It is really good at explaining the basics of Y-DNA and MtDNA and what those tests can tell people about ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AnglersRest - LibraryThing
This book is a genealogical text and not light reading. It is also an incredibly useful and organised book on what is a rather complex subject. The book deals with the concept that all women can be ... Read full review