My own blogposts about DNA. Effectively, these form a short introductory course. If you’re an absolute beginner, be sure to read them in this order.
This first post deals with mitochondrial DNA testing and Y chromosomal DNA testing.
Deep ancestral DNA testing
The next five posts deal with how autosomal DNA testing works for genealogy. They aim to give you enough information to decide whether testing is for you. (You may prefer to start here, but the first post adds useful contextual information):
Using DNA testing to develop your family research
DNA: unexpected test results
DNA testing: ethical considerations
DNA: Asking other family members to test
DNA for genealogy: where to test
The next three posts deal with the practicalities of making the autosomal DNA testing work for you.
So your DNA results are in? What now?
Thrulines and Theory of Family Relativity
Proactive strategies for engaging with your match list
The next three posts will deal with chromosome browsers and chromosome mapping. They will publish in the spring of 2021:
Chromosome browsers and chromosome mapping – coming on 1st April
DNA Painter – coming on 15th April
GEDmatch – coming on 1st May
Other very useful links and resources
Shared centiMorgan Project – download PDF outlining latest research, March 2020
International Society of Genetic Genealogy: a non-commercial, non-profit organisation whose mission is to advocate for and educate about the use of genetics as a tool for genealogical research while promoting a supportive network for genetic genealogists.
International Society of Genetic Genealogy glossary of terms used in DNA. You won’t ever need to look up most of these! But if you ever do need to understand a term, this is a good place to start.
The Genetic Genealogist – Blaine T Bettinger’s website
The Genetic Genealogist DNA Central – Blaine T Bettinger’s YouTube Channel
DNA explained: Genetic Genealogy: discovering your ancestors, one gene at a time – blog by Roberta Estes, scientist, writer and speaker about genetic genealogy
Your DNA Guide – Diahan Southard’s blog
My favourite DNA books
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Blaine T Bettinger: The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Graham S Holton (ed.): Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA: A Guide for Family Historians