Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic GenealogyThe Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T Bettinger
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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.

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