Unlock the secrets in your DNA! Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most-cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide is a one-stop resource for how to use DNA testing for genealogy. Inside, you'll find guidance on what DNA tests are available, plus the methodologies and pros and cons of the three major testing companies and advice on choosing the right test to answer your specific genealogy questions. And once you've taken a DNA test, this guide will demystify the often-overwhelming subject and explain how to interpret DNA test results, including how to understand ethnicity estimates and haplogroup designations, navigate suggested cousin matches, and use third-party tools like GEDmatch to further analyze your data. To give you a holistic view of genetic testing for ancestry, the book also discusses the ethics and future of genetic genealogy, as well as how adoptees and others who know little about their ancestry can especially benefit from DNA testing. The book features: Colorful diagrams and expert definitions that explain key DNA terms and concepts such as haplogroups and DNA inheritance patterns Detailed guides to each of the major kinds of DNA tests and which tests can solve which family mysteries, with case studies showing how each can be useful Information about third-party tools you can use to more thoroughly analyze your test results once you've received them Test comparison guides and research forms to help you select the most appropriate DNA test and organize your results and research once you've been tested Whether you've just heard of DNA testing or you've tested at all three major companies, this guide will give you the tools you need to unpuzzle your DNA and discover what it can tell you about your family tree.
A clear, practical and up-to-date guide to genetic testing in family history research, including advice on choosing a test and using your results
The popularity of Family History has increased over the past five years due to TV shows like Genealogy Roadshow, Finding Your Roots, and Who Do You Think You Are? The ability to access records online has opened up the one time hobby for genealogy enthusiasts to the mainstream. Companies like Ancestry.com, Familysearch.org, Findmypast.com, and MyHeritage have spent millions of dollars making records available around the world. DNA technology continues to evolve and provides the instant gratification that we have become use to as a society. But then the question remains, what does that really mean? Knowing your ancestry is more than just ethnic percentages it’s about creating and building a story about your family history. The Family History Toolkit is designed to help you navigate the sometimes overwhelming and sometimes treacherous waters of finding your ancestors. While this is not a comprehensive guide to all things genealogy, it is a roadmap to help you on this journey of discovery, whether you are looking for your African Asian, European, or Jewish ancestry. The Family History Toolkit guides you on how and where to begin, what records are available both online and in repositories, what to do once you find the information, how to share your story and of course DNA discoveries.
Discover your Italian roots! Say "ciao" to your Italian ancestors! This in-depth guide will walk you through the exciting journey of researching your Italian famiglia both here and in Italy. Inside, you'll find tips for every phase of Italian genealogy research, from identifying your immigrant ancestor and pinpointing his hometown to uncovering records of him in Italian archives. In this book, you'll find: Basic information on starting your family history research, including how to trace your immigrant ancestor back to Italy Strategies for uncovering genealogy records (including passenger lists, draft cards, and birth, marriage, and death records) from both the United States and Italy, with annotated sample records Crash-course guides to Italian history, geography, and names Helpful Italian genealogical word lists Sample letters for requesting records from Italian archives Whether your ancestors hail from the island of Sicily or the hills of Piedmont, The Family Tree Italian Genealogy Guide will give you the tools you need to track your family in Italy.
Has your family history research hit a brick wall? Marsha Hoffman Rising's newly updated bestselling book The Family Tree Problem Solver has the solutions to help you find the answers you seek. Here, you'll find answers to genealogy's toughest problems. Inside, you'll find: Work-arounds for lost or destroyed records Techniques for finding ancestors with common names Strategies for analyzing your problem and creating a successful research plan Ideas on how to find vital records before civil registration Troubleshooting advice for interpreting your DNA results Tips for finding "missing" ancestors in censuses Instructions for investigating collateral kin to further your family tree Methods for finding ancestors who lived before 1850 Case studies that show you how to apply these strategies to real-life research problems
Covering trends, issues and case studies, this collection presents 34 new essays by library professionals actively engaged in helping patrons with genealogy research across the United States. Topics include strategies for finding military and court records, mapping family migration and settlement, creating and accessing local digital services, and developing materials and instruction for patrons. Forewordist D. Joshua Taylor, host of Genealogy Roadshow and president of the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, notes: “The increasing popularity of the topic requires that any librarian who encounters genealogical customers remain on the forefront of new developments in the field.”
650 Millionen Europäer sollen von nur sieben Urmüttern abstammen? Sie meinen, das kann nicht sein? Bryan Sykes, Professor für Genetik an der Universität Oxford, hat die Mitochondrien-DNA Tausender Europäer analysiert und konnte dabei sieben Bausteine entdeckten, die sich auf sieben Töchter der Urmutter Eva zurückführen lassen. Darüber hinaus lässt sich sagen, wann unsere Vorfahren erstmals auftraten, wo und wie sie lebten und wohin sie gingen ═ somit kann jeder von uns herausfinden, von welchem der sieben Stämme er abstammt: Folgen Sie Bryan Sykes auf seiner sensationellen Reise in unsere Vergangenheit!
"This book looks at all the latest advances in DNA testing from the Y-chromosome tests used in surname projects through to the latest autosomal DNA tests. Debbie Kennett explores the use of new social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and wikis, along with more traditional networking methods. DNA and social Networking is an indispensable guide to the use of twenty-first-century technology in family history research" --Dust jacket flap.
In einer Welt, die zunehmend von Krieg, Terrorismus und Kriminalität beherrscht wird, wird es immer wichtiger, sich selbst schützen und verteidigen zu können. Clint Emerson hat in seinem Bestseller die 100 wichtigsten Techniken zusammengestellt, die bei allen nur denkbaren Bedrohungsszenarien sicherstellen, dass man ungeschoren davonkommt, z.B.: ·Wie Sie einen Amoklauf überleben ·Wie Sie einen Messerkampf gewinnen ·Wie Sie Handschellen öffnen ·Wie Sie Gesichtserkennungssoftware überlisten ·Wie Sie einen Kugelschreiber in eine Waffe verwandeln ·Wie Sie ein Abseilgeschirr herstellen ·Wie Sie sich aus einem Kofferraum befreien Anhand leicht verständlicher Anleitungen und einer Vielzahl von Illustrationen, die das genaue Vorgehen illustrieren, bietet Clint Emerson effektive Taktiken zur Selbstverteidigung, Fluchtstrategien und Techniken, wie man seine Gegner außer Gefecht setzt. Ein Buch, das das überlebenswichtige Wissen der Navy SEALs alltagstauglich und leicht umsetzbar macht.
Die aufregende Geschichte der Entschlüsselung des Neandertalergenoms – und das lebendige Porträt der neuen Wissenschaft der Paläogenetik In einer folgenreichen Nacht im Jahre 1996 gelang Svante Pääbo die Entschlüsselung der ersten DNA-Sequenzen eines Neandertalers. Eine Sensation! Die verblüffenden Erkenntnisse revolutionierten unser Bild von der Entwicklung des Homo sapiens. Jetzt erzählt der preisgekrönte Wissenschaftler seine persönliche Geschichte und verschränkt sie mit der Geschichte des neuen Gebiets, das er maßgeblich mitentwickelte: der Paläogenetik - von den ersten Analysen an altägyptischen Mumien bis hin zu Mammuts, Höhlenbären und Riesenfaultieren. Ein faszinierender Blick hinter die Kulissen der Spitzenforschung in Deutschland und der spannende Entwicklungsroman einer Wissenschaft, deren Ergebnisse vor wenigen Jahrzehnten noch niemand erahnen konnte
Genealogists are now using molecular genealogy-comparing and matching people by matrilineal DNA lineages-mtDNA or patrilineal Y-chromosome ancestry and/or racial percentages tests. People interested in ancestry now look at genetic markers to trace the migrations of the human species. Here's how to trace your genealogy by DNA from your grandparents back 10,000 or more years. Anyone can be interested in DNA for ancestry research, but of interest to Jews from Eastern Europe is to see how different populations from a mosaic of communities reached their current locations. From who are you descended? What markers will shed light on your deepest ancestry? You can study DNA for medical reasons or to discover the geographic travels and dwelling places of some of your ancestors. How do Europeans in general fit into the great migrations of prehistory that took all to where they are today based on their genetic DNA markers and sequences? Where is the geographic center of their origin and the roots of all people? Specifically, how can you interpret your DNA test for family history as a beginner in researching ancestry and your own family history?
Family Reunion: Taking it to the next level is a book written as a step-by-step guide to researching your family’s history and successful family reunion planning. It was written for those who desire to take their family reunion to the next level; from the backyard to the hotel courtyard, from local to national, and from one branch to multiple branches of the family tree. This book is useful for both the novice and the more experienced family historian, genealogical researcher, or reunion organizer. TOPICS COVERED • Family History Research • Family Trees and Genealogy Software • Navigating Online Genealogy Databases & Records • Genetic Genealogy and DNA Testing • Preserving and Sharing the Family History • Family Reunion Planning • 24-Month Family Reunion Timeline Planner • Reunion Invitations and Letters • Organizing Reunion Planning Committees • Responsibilities of the Reunion Planning Committees & Subcommittees • Budgeting and Financing the Reunion • Activities & Games • The Reunion Tee-shirt • The Family Reunion Souvenir Book • Creating a Family Website
Helps you develop and assess pedigrees to make diagnoses,evaluate risk, and counsel patients The Second Edition of The Practical Guide to the GeneticFamily History not only shows how to take a medical-familyhistory and record a pedigree, but also explains why each bit ofinformation gathered is important. It provides essential support indiagnosing conditions with a genetic component. Moreover, it aidsin recommending genetic testing, referring patients for geneticcounseling, determining patterns of inheritance, calculating riskof disease, making decisions for medical management andsurveillance, and informing and educating patients. Based on theauthor's twenty-five years as a genetic counselor, the book alsohelps readers deal with the psychological, social, cultural, andethical problems that arise in gathering a medical-family historyand sharing findings with patients. Featuring a new Foreword by Arno Motulsky, widely recognized asthe founder of medical genetics, and completely updated to reflectthe most recent findings in genetic medicine, this SecondEdition presents the latest information and methods forpreparing and assessing a pedigree, including: Value and utility of a thorough medical-family history Directed questions to ask when developing a medical-familyhistory for specific disease conditions Use of pedigrees to identify individuals with an increasedsusceptibility to cancer Verification of family medical information Special considerations when adoptions or gamete donors areinvolved Ethical issues that may arise in recording a pedigree Throughout the book, clinical examples based on hypotheticalfamilies illustrate key concepts, helping readers understand howreal issues present themselves and how they can be resolved. This book will enable all healthcare providers, includingphysicians, nurses, medical social workers, and physicianassistants, as well as genetic counselors, to take full advantageof the pedigree as a primary tool for making a genetic riskassessment and providing counseling for patients and theirfamilies.
DNA testing can serve as a powerful tool that unlocks the hidden information within our bodies for family history research. This book explains how genetic genealogy works and answers the questions of genealogists and individuals seeking information on their family trees. • Presents an overview to genealogical principles and an introduction to DNA testing for nonexpert audiences • Explains how genetic genealogy can provide data from within our bodies that tells us about who we are, who our ancestors were, and what characteristics our descendants may have • Addresses key legal and ethical issues regarding DNA testing • Describes the accepted protocols of DNA collection, handling, processing, evaluation, and interpretation that make DNA information more reliable than the other kinds of genealogical information
This book is meant to empower the general consumer with knowledge about DNA testing for predisposition to diseases or for deep maternal and paternal ancestry when written records are absent. At home-genetic testing needs watchdogs, Web sites, and guidebooks to interpret test results in plain language for those with no science background. Online, you'll find genetic tests for ancestry or for familial (genetic, inherited) disease risks. What helpful suggestions do general consumers with no science background need to consider? What's new in medical marketing is genetic testing online for predisposition to diseases-such as breast cancer or blood conditions. Kits usually are sent directly to the consumer who returns a mouthwash or swab DNA sample by mail. What type of training do healthcare teams need in order to interpret the results of these tests to consumers? Once you receive the results of online genetic testing kits, how do you interpret it? If your personal physician isn't yet trained to interpret the results of online genetic tests, how can you find a healthcare professional that is trained?
You've heard of the Dog Whisperer? Meet the Ancestor Rescuer. Part forensic scientist, part master sleuth, Megan Smolenyak has solved some of America's oldest and most fascinating genealogical mysteries. You've read the headlines; now get the inside story as the "Indiana Jones of genealogy" reveals how she cracked her news-making cases, became the face of this increasingly popular field--and redefined history along the way. How did Smolenyak discover Barack Obama's Irish ancestry--and his relation to Brad Pitt? Or the journey of Michelle Obama's family from slavery to the White House? Or the startling links between outspoken politicians Al Sharpton and Strom Thurmond? And why is Smolenyak's name squared? Test your own skills as she shares her exciting secrets. Whether she's scouring websites to uncover the surprising connections between famous figures or using cutting-edge DNA tests to locate family members of fallen soldiers dating back to the Civil War, Smolenyak's historical sleuthing is as provocative, richly layered, and exciting as America itself. "Thank you for taking the time to lay out our family map. . . You're practically family. You certainly know more about us than we do." –Stephen Colbert "Megan is a genealogist's dream, a forensic investigator who can also tell a great story." –Sam Roberts, The New York Times "Megan is a blessing to cold case detectives and a master genealogist." –Julie M. Haney, special agent, NCIS Cold Case Homicide Unit "The Indiana Jones of genealogy. . . Megan Smolenyak is a national treasure." –Buzzy Jackson, author of Shaking the Family Tree "In this breezy narrative, Smolenyak allows us to look over the shoulder of a relentless genealogist as she works the puzzle pieces of her craft. Whether unearthing evidence from Internet databases, newspaper offices, court houses, libraries and cemeteries, consulting translators, historians or her vast network of fellow genealogists, pioneering the use of genealogical DNA testing, solving the mystery or occasionally hitting a brick wall, Smolenyak remains wholly committed, curious and cheery, eager to share her methods and excitement. Bottom-up history from a top-shelf researcher."-Kirkus Review Megan Smolenyak is an incurable genealogist who loves solving mysteries, making unexpected discoveries, and pushing the boundaries of conventional genealogy. A popular writer, speaker, and TV guest, she does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today show, CNN, NPR, and the BBC, and consulted on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? to Top Chef. Megan is the author of six books (including Who Do You Think You Are? The Essential Guide to Tracing Your Family History, companion guide to the NBC series), a Huffington Post contributor, and former chief family historian and spokesperson for Ancestry.com. She lives in southern New Jersey with her husband and lots of research tools.
This book shows how to discover genetic predispositions to specific diseases, confirm ancestral connections through genetic testing, and understand DNA breakthroughs reported in today's headlines.