A Mitochondrial DNA Build 17 Update is now available at Family Tree DNA. Read all about it at: DNAeXplained – Genetic GenealogyDiscovering Your Ancestors – One Gene at a Time.
We’re again running a promo on Blaine Bettinger’s The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy. We made a special purchase and are making it available for 38% off thru Tuesday, Feb. 28 – or whenever we run out of the current stock if before then. See my review below.
Finally! We now have a terrific new book to help us with genetic genealogy. The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger is what we needed. There have been several books printed, but it seems to me most have have been either way too 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
- Part One: Getting Started
- Chapter 1: Genetic Genealogy Basics
- Chapter 2: Common Misconceptions
- Chapter 3: Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
- Part Two: Selecting a Test
- Chapter 4: Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
- Chapter 5: Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
- Chapter 6: Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
- Chapter 7: X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
- Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results
- Chapter 8: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
- Chapter 9: Ethnicity Estimates
- Chapter 10: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
- Chapter 11: Genetic Testing for Adoptees
- Chapter 12: The Future of Genetic Genealogy
- Glossary – 5 pages of terminology for the rest of us!
- Appendix A: Comparison Guides
- Appendix B: Research Forms
- Appendix C: More Resources
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.
Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.
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.
Discover Your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.
Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems.
Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter’s guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA Analysis.
Pinpoint your genetic ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.
Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter’s tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA results.
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.
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.
Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.
Gaze into DNA’s future with these predictions about the field’s trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.
About The Author
Blaine T. Bettinger, Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney 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).
Order The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger for 38% off – just $18.59 (plus $5.50 p&h) thru the sale period. Order Now by clicking here.
Three NEW DNA Quick Guides by Diahan Southard are now available. They are:
NEXT STEPS: WORKING WITH YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHES
ORGANIZING YOUR DNA MATCHES: A COMPANION GUIDE
GEDMATCH: A NEXT STEP FOR YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA TEST
If you’ve gotten any of Diahan Southard’s DNA guides in the past, you already know just how valuable they are. You may have even purchased the bundle of 6 of Diahan’s guides that FRPC offered on sale a while back. Well, Diahan now has three new ones with detailed new information. Each of the three guides may be purchased separately, or as a bundle of three. During the promotional sale period, the bundle is 15% off (Reg. 26.85 – on sale for $22.82, plus $4.50 p&h). The individual laminate guides may be purchased for 10% off ($8.06 each, plus $4.50 p&h for the first laminate, and 50 cents for each thereafter). We’ve again put all of Diahan’s guides, including the bundle of six, on sale for 15% off on bundles, and 10% off on individual guides. Click on the links to order.
Following are descriptions of each of the new DNA guides:
NEXT STEPS: WORKING WITH YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA MATCHES; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU21
Many genealogists have heard about the power of DNA testing in genealogy and have dabbled in their own DNA test results. This guide outlines what to do next to maximize the power of DNA testing in genealogy. This guide provides instruction on:
- How to leverage the power of known relatives who have tested
- Gain a basic understanding of chromosome browsers and their role in the search process
- Access to a free bonus template for evaluating the genealogical relationship of a match in relationship to the predicted genetic relationship
- A methodology for converting the unknown relatives on the match list into known relatives
With this guide in hand, genealogists will be prepared to take their DNA testing experience to the next level and make new discoveries about their ancestors and heritage.
ORGANIZING YOUR DNA MATCHES: A COMPANION GUIDE; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU22
With over 2.5 million people in the possession of a DNA test, and most with match lists in the thousands, many are wondering how to keep track of all this data and apply it to their family history. This guide provides the foundation for managing DNA matches and correspondence, and will help budding genetic genealogists:
- Centralize their point of contact with their matches from multiple testing companies
- Familiarize them with Google Forms for tracking information, including providing a link to a free bonus form template
- Provide a brief overview of how to use the power of Google Earth in their genetic genealogy
- Provide an introduction to spreadsheets
- Review valuable third party tools and their contributions to the organizing effort
GEDMATCH: A NEXT STEP FOR YOUR AUTOSOMAL DNA TEST; by Diahan Southard (who worked for Sorenson Molecular); 4 pp; 8.5×11; Full Color, laminated; Published: 2016; Item # LU23
Gedmatch is a third‐party tool for use by genetic genealogists seeking to advance their knowledge of their autosomal DNA test. You can upload your DNA results from any major genetic genealogy testing company into Gedmatch for free. Turn to this quick guide for answers to these common questions:
- What is Gedmatch?
- Who can participate?
- What do I have to do to join?
- What kinds of tools do they offer?
- Can it help with my ethnicity results?
- Will I find new matches?
- Is this a necessary tool?
This guide will navigate through the myriad of options and point out only the best tools for your genetic genealogy research.
The following previously published DNA Guides by Diahan Southard are also available – at 10% off each, or as a bundle at 15% off (see explanation above):
- Understanding AncestryDNA, by Diahan Southard
- Understanding Family Tree DNA, by Diahan Southard
- Getting Started: Genetics for the Genealogist, by Diahan Southard
- Autosomal DNA for the Genealogist, by Diahan Southard
- Mitochondrial DNA for the Genealogist, by Diahan Southard
- Y Chromosome DNA for the Genealogist, by Diahan Southard
The following excerpt is from an article posted November 3, 2015 at the USA Today website.
OSHKOSH, Wis. — Vicky Reany Paulson has known all her life that she is related to Abraham Lincoln.
But it wasn’t until she was 16 that she became interested in tracing her roots to the 16th president — more specifically through his mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln — and inherited the passion from her great-grandmother.
“I would ask the relatives how we were related, and they would just say through the Hanks,” the 59-year-old Oshkosh resident said.
Paulson, who has written two books about the Hanks family and its connection to Lincoln, says she is thrilled after a new study has solved a 150-year-old mystery surrounding the true identity of Nancy Hanks Lincoln’s mother.