The Genetic Genealogist was launched on February 12, 2007 as one of the very first blogs to examine the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research, more commonly known as “genetic genealogy.” Genetic genealogists use genetics to learn more about their ancestry, including to learn about their ancient roots and to examine the relatedness of individuals. This relatively new technology represents a powerful new technology for the genealogist’s toolbox. If you are interested in genetic genealogy or personal genomics, please add The Genetic Genealogist’s RSS feed to your feed reader!
About The Author:
(For more about me, see the Biographical Material page).
My name is Blaine Bettinger and I have been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about my ancestry for almost 20 years. I entered the world of direct-to-consumer genetics in 2003 with an autosomal DNA test from one of the first companies offering this type of testing.
I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and am extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy.
My own tests have revealed that my maternal lineage, which has been traced back to Honduras in the 1830’s, belongs to Haplogroup A2w, a Native American haplogroup. My paternal heritage, which is traced back to Germany in the 1770’s, belongs to Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1c1a1 (L1/S26, also known as Null439).
- Former Editor for the Journal of Genetic Genealogy (2010-2012)
- Administrator for the Bettinger Surname Project
- Co-Administrator for the R1b-L1/S26 Y-DNA Haplogroup Project (formerly The NULL439 DNA Project)
- “Genetic Genealogy: A Powerful Tool for the Family Historian” at PRI’s The World
- “Top Genetic Genealogy Tools” at Family Tree Magazine
- “Genealogy Insider: Ancestry.com’s New DNA Test” at Family Tree Magazine
- “More Power to You” at Family Tree Magazine
- “Resources for Starting a DNA Surname Study” at Family Tree Magazine
Sample Interviews and Spotlights:
- PRI’s The World – “Roots 2.0: Using DNA to Trace My Ancestry” by Carol Zall
- Treelines – “Science and Faith in One Family Tree” by Tammy Hepps
- Family Tree Magazine – “Top 40 Genealogy Blogs in 2013” by David A. Fryxell
- the spittoon – “When People Share their Genome on Facebook” by ScottH
- our 2 snps – “Admixture and Blaine Bettinger” by Bryce Christensen
- Nextgov – “Report urges Defense to collect genome data on all troops” by Bob Brewin.
- Syracuse Post-Standard – “How to create your medical family tree” by Amber Smith.
- Syracuse Post-Standard – “Future medicine: Patients with genetic codes will seek personalized care from doctors” by Amber Smith.
- Newsweek – Provided a segment in What Can I Learn From At-Home DNA Tests? by Mary Carmichael.
- Family Tree Magazine – “Fab Forty” by Maureen A. Taylor
- NewScientist – “My ‘non-human’ DNA: a cautionary tale” by Peter Aldhous.
- Wired Magazine – Quoted in “Mr. Know-It-All“, by Brendan I. Koerner.
- RootsTelevision – “Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist“, with Dick Eastman.
- Diverse – “The Value of Knowing Where You Come From“, with Cassie Chew.
- Eye on DNA – “Genetic Genealogist Dr. Blaine Bettinger on DNA and Genealogy“, with Hsien-Hsien Lei, Ph.D.
- The Genealogy Guys Podcast – Episode #135 – April 28, 2008
- American Society of Human Genetics – News Clips Archives
- About.com: Genealogy – 10 Genealogy Blogs Worth Reading (#5)
- CGREAL (newsletter for the Center for Genetic Research Ethics & Law at Case Western Reserve University) – June 14, 2007 and August 10, 2007 (links are broken)
- Personal Genetics Education Project – Suggestions For Further Reading
- I Have The Results Of My Genetic Genealogy Test, Now What?
- 10 DNA Myths Busted, and Other Favorite Posts
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