The DNA Detective, A Supplement To The Original Edition Of Forensic Genealogy

Earlier this month I reviewed the book Forensic Genealogy – Revised (click the title to read the review).  This book was a replacement to the original Forensic Genealogy book. This new version if full of revisions to all the chapters. Now, the authors have given the reader two upgrade option, buy the new book, or The DNA Detective, A Supplement To The Original Edition Of Forensic Genealogy.

This chapter provides one of the best and most up-to-date coverage of DNA research as it corresponds to genealogy. Just look at the contents listed be below and see all that this book has to provide.

The DNA Detective

  • Introduction
  • About DNA
  • Mutations
    • Single Nucleotide Polymophisms (SNPs)
      • Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) Clades
      • Y-DNA Haplogroups
      • X-Chromosome SNPs
      • Autosomal DNA Testing
    • Y-DNA Short Tandem Repeats (STRs)
  • Single Name Studies
  • Non-Paternity Events
  • Genetic Genealogy Testing Companies and Testing Options
  • Online Databases
  • The Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA)
  • Cladograms
  • There Will Always Be Mysteries Left

Appendix A – A Short Discussion of the Mathematical Models Used for MRCA Calculations

Appendix B – How to Construct a Spreadsheet for MRCA Analysis

Appendix C – Creating a Cladogram

Appendix D – Pairwise Mismatches


For those who have the old edition of Forensic Genealogy, you have two choices: buy the full new revision or buy The DNA Detective a supplemental guide to the old book; both are available from Family Root Publishing.

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