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Books on Genetic Genealogy

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.

 

Genetic Genealogy books collage by Louise Coakley

 

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.

 

The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me

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
Kerry Farmer
Unlock the Past, 2015, ISBN: 9781925323108

DNA for Genealogy by Kerry Farmer

 

DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century
Debbie Kennett
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
Christine Rose
Paperback – October 1, 2014

 

Endogamy: One Family, One People
Israel Pickholtz
Colonial Roots (July 1, 2015), ISBN: 9781680340389

 

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
Bryan Sykes
Paperback – December 17, 2007

 

Ancestral Journeys: The peopling of Europe from the first venturers to the vikings
Jean Manco
Thames & Hudson, 2015, ISBN: 9780500292075

 

The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
Bryan Sykes
Corgi, 2004, ISBN: 9780552152181

 

Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Brenda Maddox
Harper, 2003, ISBN: 978-0060985080

 

Novels incorporating DNA testing

 

The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
Text Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 9781405912785
(Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2012)

 

The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
Text Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 9781405918077
(sequel to the above)

 

 

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