The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

How to Harness the Power of DNA to Advance Your Family Tree Research

Unlock the secrets in your DNA! Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most cutting edge tool available. This plain English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy.

Using this book you’ll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you’ve taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data.

To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing.

Whether you’ve just heard of DNA testing or you’ve tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.


Part 1 - Getting Started
1. Genetic Genealogy Basics
2. Common Misconceptions
3. Ethics and Genetic Genealogy

Part 2 - Selecting a Test
4. Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing
5. Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing
6. Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing
7. X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing

Part 3 - Analyzing and Applying Test Results
8. Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools
9. Ethnicity Estimates
10. Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA
11. Genealogy Testing for Adoptees
12. The Future of Genetic Genealogy


Softcover, 240 pages, indexed

Blaine T Bettinger, Family Tree Books 2016


You may also be interested in Genetic Genealogy in Practice   and DNA for Genealogists