Beginners to DNA testing for genealogy often ask how they can educate themselves to more easily understand the terminology, the science, the testing products and their DNA results.
Genetic genealogy can involve a steep learning curve for many, so give yourself a head start and improve your existing knowledge by reading as widely as possible on the topic.
Once you have ordered your tests you'll have weeks to wait for your results, so read ahead - it will make a big difference to your experience and understanding of your results.
Below is a selection of books available now, plus some new titles coming soon:
The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Blaine T Bettinger
Paperback, Family Tree Books, 2016, ISBN: 9781440345326
A complete guide to DNA testing for genealogy - from selecting the right tests to understanding your results, and an essential resource for all beginners!
Genetic Genealogy in Practice
Blaine T Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne
National Genealogical Society, Washington DC, 2016.
The first genetic genealogy practical workbook complete with answer key allowing instant feedback. This guide is a must-read for all genetic genealogists!
The One and Only Me
Ariana Killoran, A 23andMe Book, 2016
An educational book for children, that teaches them the science of genetics in a way that kids can understand.
You Share Genes with Me
Ariana Killoran, A 23andMe Book, 2016
A board book for a playful introduction to genetics for the very youngest readers.
Paul Joseph Fronczak
Howard Books, 2016, ISBN: 9781501142123
This amazing real life story has enthralled the genetic genealogy community!
The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir
by Bill Griffeth
New England Historic Genealogical Society (September 6, 2016)
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780880823449
The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
by Christine Kenneally
Penguin Books, 2015
Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Emily D Aulicino
Bloominghouse, IN, AuthorHouse, 2014, ISBN: 9781491840900
A great learning and reference book that can be referred to over and over again!
Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
George G Morgan & Drew Smith
Paperback, McGraw Hill Education, 2013, ISBN: 9780071816502
This great book of research tips includes a chapter on genetic genealogy.
NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection
David R Dowell
Libraries Unlimited, 2014, ISBN: 9781610697279
DNA for Genealogists
Unlock the Past, 2015, ISBN: 9781925323108
DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century
The History Press, 2011, ISBN: 9780752472706
A great guide on exploiting social media to advance your genetic genealogy!
Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
Richard Hill – August 17, 2012
QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence!
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Pamphlet – May 9, 2015
Genealogical Proof Standard
Paperback – October 1, 2014
Endogamy: One Family, One People
Colonial Roots (July 1, 2015), ISBN: 9781680340389
Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
Paperback – December 17, 2007
Ancestral Journeys: The peopling of Europe from the first venturers to the vikings
Thames & Hudson, 2015, ISBN: 9780500292075
The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
Corgi, 2004, ISBN: 9780552152181
Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Harper, 2003, ISBN: 978-0060985080
Novels incorporating DNA testing
The Rosie Project
Text Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 9781405912785
(Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2012)
The Rosie Effect
Text Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 9781405918077
(sequel to the above)
More book lists
- ISOGG list of books on genetic genealogy
- Amazon.com list of books on genetic genealogy
- Recommended books and Videos - Family Tree DNA