National Genealogical Society Publishes the First Workbook on Genetic Genealogy

The following announcement was written by the (US) National Genealogical Society:

gginpARLINGTON, VA, 6 September 2016—The National Genealogical Society (NGS) announces the publication of Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the first workbook on genetic genealogy. Written by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CGSM, CGLSM, the book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their research. As Wayne notes in her blog, Deb’s Delvings in Genealogy, “DNA can seem complex to many of us, but this book will guide you and help build your knowledge level one step at a time.”

At their own pace, readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice.

Individuals may purchase a print edition of Genetic Genealogy in Practice from the NGS Store starting 12 September. Visit the NGS website to order.

Blaine Bettinger is an intellectual property attorney in Syracuse, New York. The author of The Genetic Genealogist blog, he is a genealogy educator, a trustee of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, and organizer of the Shared cM Project, a crowdsourced project examining the associations between genetic data and genealogical relationships.

Debbie Parker Wayne is a professional genealogist who has conducted research for individuals as well as for the PBS series “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates Jr. and other television shows. She is an award-winning author, the coordinator for genetic genealogy institute courses, and the DNA Project Chair for the Texas State Genealogical Society.

Visit the NGS website to learn more about Genetic Genealogy in Practice and other NGS special publications.

Founded in 1903, the National Genealogical Society is dedicated to genealogical education, exemplary standards of research, and the preservation of genealogical records. The Arlington, Virginia, based nonprofit is the premier national society for everyone, from the beginner to the most advanced family historian, seeking excellence in publications, educational offerings, and guidance in research. It also offers many opportunities to interact with other genealogists.

One Comment

This seems like a good book with authors who are skilled in these areas. But we all have to be very careful with using DNA as absolute proof. I have a feeling that in the years to come we are going to find out, that just like a lot of online family trees, the results were skewed by unexpected, or X Factor, phenomena. We all here about mutations in DNA. So what causes these mutations? I personally oversaw a DNA test for a person in their 20’s. They went to a Paternity Company and the result was negative. I was pretty sure this was incorrect so they tried a second company with the same result. So then I had them do an Ancestry Test. The Father was Japanese/Hawaiian/Native American. The mother was Caucasian. When the test came back, what do you know? 50% Caucasian, 12% for Japanese and 12% for Hawaiian, and 25% for Native American. All exactly what I expected. So how is this explained. Both parents were into heavy Drugs at conception. The commercial companies will deny this because of law suits and credibility, but the leading scientist in the field have confirmed this in one on one conversations with me.
The point is. Stick to hard proof and only use DNA as a guide.


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