03 May 2016

COMING SOON from NGS -- Genetic Genealogy in Practice #NGS2016GEN


Coming Summer 2016!

The attendees of this week’s NGS conference will find some exciting news at check-in tomorrow. There will be a flyer in their bags to announce a new NGS book coming this summer.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice

This is a handbook family historians have been waiting for to give them practical, easy to understand information that they can apply to their personal genealogical research.  This new book offers an up-to-date account for the testing and application of Y-DNA, X-DNA, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and autosomal DNA (atDNA) to reach and support genealogical conclusions. Genetic Genealogy in Practice is the first genetic genealogy workbook and it was created in an educational format that allows hands-on practice and instantaneous feedback using the answer key.  Each chapter includes exercises that involve the reader in applying the concepts presented to clarify their understanding of the material. 

The book is authored by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. Since 2007 Blaine has authored The Genetic Genealogist, a long-running blog dedicated to personal genetics. Debbie Parker Wayne is the author of the NGS Continuing Genealogical Studies: Genetic Genealogy, Autosomal DNA course.

Blaine and Debbie share a bit more insight with us about this highly anticipated workbook ...

No matter how clear DNA concepts seem as you hear a lecture, true knowledge only comes with practice in analyzing DNA test results and correlating the data with a family tree. Whether you attend a one hour lecture, an all-day seminar, or a week-long institute, there never seems to be enough time to cover everything and allow plenty of time for hands-on practice. When practicing on your own, it can be difficult to get feedback as to the validity of your conclusions.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice presents the biological underpinnings needed by genetic genealogists and the concepts used to analyze DNA test results for genealogical research. Typical genealogical questions are presented as exercises at the end of each chapter. An answer key provides immediate feedback to the reader as to whether he or she arrived at the expected conclusion and what concepts should have been considered while working the problem. Readers will then be able to apply the knowledge gained to their own family history to make better conclusions using DNA test results.

This book provides the most current understanding of using all types of DNA tests for genealogy beginning with the basics and moving into intermediate and advanced concepts. Genetic genealogy is a rapidly changing discipline, but the concepts and techniques presented here are those that will stand the test of time. An in-depth list of resources includes places where the reader can find step-by-step guides for transitory procedures that change frequently.

The researcher who is new to genetic genealogy may want to come back to the book and review more advanced concepts after gaining some experience with the basic techniques. DNA can seem complex to many of us, but this book will guide you and help build your knowledge level one step at a time.










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