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 gifts for the genetic 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.
This hour-long presentation, given by genealogy blogger Shannon Combs-Bennett, covers several tools, tips and techniques for better understanding your DNA results and applying them to your research. You’ll learn what to expect from DNA results, plus how to analyze your results using the testing company’s tools and tools from other websites such as GEDmatch and DNAGedcom. 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.
Learn about AncestryDNA, the most popular DNA testing company, in this hour-long presentation from Blaine T. Bettinger. In it, you’ll learn detailed information about your AncestryDNA results, plus how to use the service’s features like hints, DNA Circles and cousin-matching. Like the DNA Results Webinar, this webinar comes in mp4 format and includes a PDF of the presenter’s slides.
In addition to being sold separately, the first four of these gifts can also be found together at a discount as parts of the Genetic Genealogy MEGA Collection, which includes numbers one through four above and several other video downloads about DNA testing.