Blaine Bettinger has a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and is extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy. He has been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about his ancestry for almost 20 years. In 2003 he used an autosomal DNA test from one of the first companies offering this type of testing. Since then he has been writing and lecturing extensively about how to apply DNA to your genealogy research.
I had a chance to talk with Blaine at the recent New York State Family History Conference in Syracuse, New York. Blaine talked about his involvement in DNA and he gave great advice for newcomers on how to get started.
You can listen to our 14+ minute conversation by clicking on the link below.
The services, books, and web sites mentioned in this interview include:
- Blaine’s blog at TheGeneticGenealogist.com
- GRIP – Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh at http://www.gripitt.org/
- SLIG – Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy at http://ugagenealogy.org/aem.php?eid=16
- IGHR – Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at http://samford.libguides.com/ighr
- Excelsior College’s (future) online course about Genetic Genealogy – http://onlinecourselearning.com/excelsior/
- Trace Your Roots with DNA by Ann Turner and Megan Smolenyak – http://goo.gl/YNOcTE
- NextGen Genealogy by Dave Dowell – http://goo.gl/jfKjpc