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Trace Your Roots with DNA: Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree
Media: BOOK - paperback, 288 pages
Author: M. Smolenyak & A. Turner
Other: b&w photo, charts, appendixes, glossary, index
You're introduced to a stranger who share your last name. Don't you always wonder ... 'could we be related?'
Thanks to breakthrough science in the rapidly growing world of genetics, it's now possible to find out. 'Trace Your Roots with DNA', written by two of USA's top genealogists, this authoritative book is the first to explain how new and groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry.
As the worldwide interest in genealogy continues to grow, enthusiasts clamor for new information from dozens of subscriptions-based websites, email newsletters, and magazines, but for these eager roots-seekers looking to take their searches to the next level, DNA testing is the answer.
After a brief introduction to genealogy and genetics fundamentals, the authors explain what kind of information the tests can provide, how to interpret the results, and how the tests work - it doesn't involve needles or digging up your dead relatives. Getting results is a simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and popping a sample in the mail.
The authors reveal exactly what is - and isn't - possible with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous historical mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.
Introduction: Welcome to the World of Genetic Genealogy
Part 1: The Fundamentals
1. If You're New to Genealogy
2. Genetic Essentials
Part 2: Testing Options Explained
3. Male Bonding: Y Chromosome
4. Maternal Legacy: Mitochondrial DNA
5. Around the World: Geographic Origins
6. Next of Kin: Close Relationships
Part 3: How to Do It Yourself
7. Joining or Running a Project
8. Finding Prospects
9. Contacting and Courting Participants
10. Interpreting and Sharing Results
Part 4: The Future
11. What's Next
Appendix A. Genealogical Resources
Appendix B. DNA Testing Companies
Appendix C. Glossary