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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Bookshelf: Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by
Blaine T. Bettinger and
Debbie Parker Wayne

My personal copy of Genetic Genealogy in Practice arrived yesterday, so you know what Ol' Myrt has been doing ever since. Studying! Thankfully the colorful graphics and accompanying text makes it easy to understand our DNA inheritance from our parents and grandparents, and how both my sister and my brother's DNA differs from mine somewhat because of recombination.  

I've heard it said, perhaps from Thomas W. Jones, that no genealogy is complete without the component of DNA research.

From the publisher:
Genetic Genealogy in Practice, the first workbook on genetic genealogy, the book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their research. Readers learn the basic concepts of genetic genealogy. They then build on that knowledge as they study the testing, analysis, and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Each chapter includes exercises with answer keys for hands-on practice. 2016 208 pp. Paperback National Genealogical Society.

Ol' Myrt here realizes ancestral paper trails are substantiated by DNA test results and where errors occur there are several possibilities:
  1. The possibility of overcoming "Momma's baby, Poppa's maybe."
  2. The possibility of collaborating with other researchers to find evidence in documents proving the accurate blood line. 
  3. The possibility it make take time for more people to have their DNA tested before item 1 or 2 above can be realized. 
Professional genetic genealogists have been able to reunite adopted individuals with their birth families. Forensic genealogists use DNA to repatriate remains of previously unidentifiable servicemen and women. And folks like you and I can collaborate with those here-to-fore unknown cousins who are climbing the same branches on your family tree.

The book is arranged as end-of-chapter questions to test our comprehension, with answers at the end of the book. At this point, Ol' Myrt here is carefully considering the concept of a study group. However, since the book is covered by copyright, I believe this must be done in a private hangout.

Sure, you can watch this WACKY Wednesday: DNA with Blaine Bettinger interview here
or on DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel, but you'll want to click the link below to watch the video with all comments posted before, during and after this hangout.

In a few days I'll finish editing the short AmbushCAM interview with Blaine at the recent Federation of Genealogical Societies conference.

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you'll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.