Genetic genealogy is one of the fastest-growing areas of genealogy research, but it’s also one of the hardest to understand. If you or a relative need an extra boost in your research—or just want to dig deeper into DNA—check out these five great genetic genealogy gifts for the genealogist in your family:
This book, written by DNA expert and author of The Genetic Genealogist blog Blaine Bettinger, covers all the basics of DNA, from selecting the test and testing company that will best break down your roadblocks to interpreting results (including ethnicity estimates) and applying them to your research. The book also contains detailed guides to each of the major genetic-genealogy tests, plus worksheets for recording information about your DNA cousins. Individual chapters on using third-party tools like GEDmatch and applying genetic genealogy to adoptee research will give you even more to do with your DNA results.
This guide is also available as a PDF download with fully typable worksheets and printable pages.
More than 10 million people have tested with the “big four” genetic genealogy companies: 23andMe, AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA and MyHeritage DNA. But how can you learn which is the right test for you? This hour-long presentation, given by genealogy blogger Shannon Combs-Bennett, covers how to pick the DNA test that will help your research the most. Shannon examines each company’s offerings, plus how much they cost and what your results will look like. You or your relative can view the webinar, which is in mp4-format, when, where and as often as you like. The download also comes with a PDF of the presenter’s slides, giving you another way to learn.
This at-a-glance download, perfect for DNA newbies, will give you strictly the basics of genetic genealogy: a breakdown of the different types of DNA tests, a Q&A to address common questions and concerns, an annotated guide to interpreting results, a glossary of key terms and a list of resources for further learning. Save this PDF to your device for quick reference, or print a paper copy to share with your relative.
Discover what you can accomplish with AncestryDNA, the most popular DNA testing company! In this hour-long presentation from Shannon Combs-Bennett, you’ll learn detailed information how to use your AncestryDNA results. The webinar dives into how to interpret your results, including the AncestryDNA’s hints, DNA Circles and cousin-matching. This webinar comes in mp4 format and includes a PDF of the presenter’s slides.
While not exclusively for genetic genealogy, this CD will help your organize and track your genealogy research. Fully typable and formatted to print on standard letter-size paper, these 75 forms will help you document facts about your ancestors. Forms include checklists for a variety of record types: military records, census returns, passenger lists and more. You’ll also find family tree charts for recording relationships as well as forms for tracking family photos, heirlooms and traditions. These forms are also available as PDF digital downloads, which you can type in and print.
In addition to being sold separately, three of these gifts can also be found together at a discount in the Genetic Genealogy MEGA Collection. This bundle contains the detailed Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, plus the Genetic Genealogy Cheat Sheet and 10 video downloads.