Genetic Genealogy

Genetic genealogy is a valuable part of genealogy research. Many of us have taken a DNA test, but then never move past those ethnicity percentages. Answers to family mysteries sometimes hide right in our DNA! Use this expert advice to understand your results and apply them to your family tree.


Genetic Genealogy Cheat Sheet

This cheat sheet outlines (in plain English) how you can get started using genealogical DNA testing to unpuzzle your own ancestry questions with at-a-glance charts, tips and resources.


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Genetic Genealogy Resources


Cyndi’s List: Genetics, DNA and Family Health: Collection of genetic genealogy websites.

Cyndi’s List: Surname DNA Studies and Projects: Collection of links to surname studies and other DNA projects.

DNA Ancestor Communities: A message board for DNA test customers.

DNAeXplained—Genetic Genealogy: Roberta Estes’s informative blog about how to interpret DNA results.

Genealem’s Genetic Genealogy: Emily Aulicino shares genetic genealogy news and books.

The Genetic Genealogist: A blog from genetic genealogy expert Blaine T. Bettinger about using DNA testing in genealogy research and the latest developments in the field.

International Society of Genetic Genealogy: A non-profit organization dedicated to incorporating genetics into genealogy. The useful wiki sponsored by the society is a great resource.

Kitty Cooper’s Blog: Musing on Genealogy, Genetics, and Gardening: Expert Kitty Cooper shares news and how-to’s in her blog.

Segment-ology: Blog dedicated to DNA triangulation, chromosome mapping and other DNA and segment topics.

Through the Trees: Shannon Christmas’s collection of DNA deals, plus information about his consulting services.

Your DNA Guide: DNA consultant Diahan Southard shares genetic genealogy tips and how-to’s.

DNA Testing Company Blogs

Follow these blogs for updates about each testing service, plus details on sales and real-life stories from other users:

23andMe Blog

AncestryDNA Blog

Family Tree DNA Blog

MyHeritage DNA Blog


The Adoptee’s Guide to DNA Testing by Tamar Weinberg (Family Tree Books)

Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project by Spencer Wells (National Geographic)

DNA & Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick (Rice Book Press)

DNA and Tradition: The Genetic Link to the Ancient Hebrews by Yaakov Kleiman (Devora Publishing)

DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America by Bryan Sykes (Liveright)

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy by Blaine T. Bettinger (Family Tree Books)

Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine T. Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne (National Genealogical Society)

The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are by Libby Copeland (Harry N. Abrams)

Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland by Bryan Sykes (W.W. Norton & Co.)

The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes (W.W. Norton & Co.)

The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir by Bill Griffeth (New England Historic Genealogical Society)

Trace Your Roots With DNA by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner (Rodale)

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