Genetic Counseling
3/1/2008
Forget the scientific jargon — you want to know how genetic genealogy applies to your real-life research situations. Our panel of experts gives you the skinny on using DNA to solve 10 common family tree quandaries.

In the genealogical world and beyond, genetic genealogy is touted as the newest frontier in family tree research. You're sure your DNA holds the answers to some of your pedigree questions — but all the science stuff leaves you with a big headache.

Put down that bottle of aspirin. You don't have to be a genetics genius to use DNA testing for your family history research. To let you skip the advanced biology lesson and get right to the results, we consulted four experts who've heard it all from would-be genetic genealogists such as yourself: Emanuela (Lou) I. Charlton of DNA Print Genomics <www.dnaprint.com>; Ann Turner, founder of the Genealogy DNA mailing list (you can sign up at <lists5.rootsweb.com/index/other/DNA/GENEALOGY-DNA.html>) and co-author of Trace Your Roots With DNA (Rodale); Scott Woodward, head of the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation <www.smgf.org>; and Gina Paige, president and co-founder of African Ancestry <www.africanancestry.com>.