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Research Resources for DNA Application to Genealogy

Internet Resources
DNA 101 from Blair Genealogy. This is a good beginner’s discussion of genetics as it applies to genealogy research.

Family Tree DNA Tutorial

FamilyTreeDNA’s FAQ on DNA and Genealogy

Family Tree – Unlocking Genealogy with DNA

Carey/Cary Family Site

International Society of Genetic Genealogy

Genetics and Genealogy – An introduction, Charles Kerchner, Jr.

Genetic Genealogy Glossary, Charles Kerchner, Jr.

Colleen Fitzpatrick’s Genealogy Page, including links for purchasing her books. I found it easy and much quicker to order directly from her than through Amazon.

Charles Kerchner’s Links page. Many of the same links are included here, but he also offers quite a few that cover more advanced aspects of DNA analysis.  Genealogy-DNA Mailing List and Archive


Recommended Books
I am only including books that I own and have used, however at the end of my list are several additional DNA-Genealogy book lists that are available on the web. (There may be duplications with my list in them.)

Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree
by Megan Smolenyak, Ann Turner
This is an excellent first book for a great overview of the topic. It provides accurate information without being too complicated…and it’s fun to read.

DNA & Genealogy
by Colleen Fitzpatrick and Andrew Yeiser
This book provides additional insights and tools for DNA genealogical analyses, but is still written with the layperson in mind.

Forensic Genealogy
By Colleen Fitzpatrick
This book by Dr. Fitzpatrick includes a discussion of DNA use in genealogy, but it also covers extracting genealogical information from some other areas of perhaps unexpected sources. The section on analysis of photographs is really interesting!

Deep Ancestry, Inside the Genographic Project
by Spencer Wells
This is a fascinating discussion of the ambitious project undertaken by the National Geographic Society to collect and analyze DNA samples from all the remaining indigenous and traditional population groups, with the goal of better understanding the earliest human migrations out of Africa.  Dr. Wells provides an accessible overview of the genetics involved, woven together with compelling case examples of the research process. The book also contains an excellent glossary of Y-chromosome and mitochondrial halpogroups.
The DNA of non-indigenous people from “developed” countries is also needed in the project in order to analyze the movement and combinations of populations during the migrations. Kits are available from the Geneographic Project. FamilyTreeDNA is affiliated with the Genographic Project and we encourage all of our surname project participants to also submit their data to the Genographic Project. The fee for Family Tree Surname project members is only $15.00 and no additional DNA sample is required.

The History and Geography of Human Genes
by L. Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Paolo Menozzi, and Alberto Piazza
This is an advanced sourcebook that provides an in depth discussion on the analysis of the genetic variations in populations. A good basic biology book is probably a good companion for it, and the equations and statistics are enough to make many glaze over…but it is an excellent reference and the copy explains the concept under discussion quite well (even if  you skip the equations).


FamilyTree DNA – The Book List



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