Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide for Family Historians
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Media: BOOK - paperback, 272 pages
Author: G. Holton
Other: b&w photos, glossary, further reading, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword
DNA research is one of the most important and rapidly advancing areas in modern science and the practical use of DNA testing in genealogy is one of its most exciting applications. Yet there is no recent British publication in this field. That is why this accessible, wide-ranging introduction is so valuable. It offers a clear and practical way into the subject, explaining the scientific discoveries and techniques and illustrating with case studies how it can be used by genealogists to gain an insight into their ancestry.
The subject is complex and perhaps difficult for traditional genealogists to understand but, with the aid of this book, novices who are keen to take advantage of it will be able to interpret test results and use them to help answer genealogical questions which cannot be answered by documentary evidence alone. It will also appeal to those with some experience in the field because it places the practical application of genetic genealogy within a wider context, highlighting its role as a genealogical tool and suggesting how it can be made more effective.
1. Why use DNA testing for genealogy?
2. The ethical and legal aspects of genetic genealogy
3. Understanding the principles of DNA testing for genealogy
5. Y-DNA tests
6. mtDNA tests
7. Choosing between testing companies
9. An integrated approach to DNA testing for genealogy
10. Ancient DNA
11. What does the future hold