Understanding and Applying Your DNA Test Results E-book

Decipher your DNA test results with this eBook, which has guides to how DNA tests work, what online DNA tools you can use to analyze your results, and how to use results in your genealogy.
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You’ll love this eBook if…

  • You’ve received your DNA test results and want to know what comes next
  • You’re considering taking a DNA test but don’t know how genetic genealogy can help your research
  • You crave more DNA analysis tools to use in your research

You’ve sent in your DNA sample and finally received your results…but what comes next? DNA can be confusing, and testing companies can sometimes give you unrealistic expectations about what their tests can tell you. This eBook will help you sort the fact from the hype and decipher your atDNA test results. This downloadable guide has guides to the autosomal-DNA tests offered by the major testing companies, plus how to use more analysis tools to decrypt your test results and use them in your research.

What’s Inside

The Understanding and Applying Your DNA Test Results eBook features:

  • A guide for how atDNA tests (the most common type of DNA tests) work, plus what your results will look like
  • Information on what you can reasonably expect your results to tell you, plus the truth about ethnicity estimates and how to use DNA to burst down brick walls
  • Additional resources for analyzing your results with other online tools, plus resources for learning more about genetic genealogy

Excerpt: Sample Tips

Here are some tips you’ll find in the Understanding and Applying Your DNA Test Results eBook:

  • Treat your ethnicity estimates with a grain of salt. DNA companies like to advertise their tests with the idea that they can help you discover what “percent” German, Irish or other nationality you are. In reality, these calculations are imprecise and merely estimates, so you shouldn’t rely on them to describe your ancestors’ national origins.
  • Remember that not all cousins will share DNA. You inherit roughly 50 percent of your autosomal DNA from each parent, but each sibling receives a different collection of DNA. As a result, you may not show up as a genetic match with people who are in fact related to you. For example, relationships beyond the second-cousin level can be hard to detect with DNA.

The Understanding and Applying Your DNA Test Results eBook comes in PDF format and can be printed out or viewed on your tablet, laptop, or desktop computer for easy reference while working with your family memories.

About The Author: Blaine T. Bettinger

Blaine Bettinger Ph.D. (biochemistry), J.D. is an intellectual property attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC in Syracuse, New York, by day, and a genealogy educator and blogger by night. In 2007, he created The Genetic Genealogist, one of the first blogs devoted to genetic genealogy and personal genomics.

Blaine has written numerous DNA-related articles for the Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, Family Tree Magazine, and other publications. He has been an instructor at the inaugural genetic genealogy courses at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR), Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG), Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP), Virtual Institute of Genealogical Research, Family Tree University, and Excelsior College (Albany, NY). He is a former editor of the Journal of Genetic Genealogy, and a co-coordinator of the ad hoc Genetic Genealogy Standards Committee. In 2015, he became an alumnus of ProGen Study Group 21 and was elected to the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society’s Board of Trustees.

Blaine was born and raised in Ellisburg, NY, where his ancestors have lived for more than two hundred years, and is the father of two boys. You can find Blaine on his website and on Twitter (@blaine_5).

Contents of the Understanding and Applying Your DNA Test Results eBook:

Chapter 1: Autosomal-DNA Testing Guide

Chapter 2: Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools

Chapter 3: Ethnicity Estimates

Chapter 4: Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA

Chapter 5: More Resources

Note: This eBook contains portions of the larger book The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, which also discusses how to understand and use your DNA test results, plus select the DNA test that best fits your research goals. Learn more about the full book.

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU R4332
Author/Speaker/Editor Blaine T. Bettinger
File Type PDF
Product Type E-book
Skill Level Beginner, Intermediate
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