Announcing “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy”

s7981_new01I am so happy to officially announce “The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy,” my effort to help people understand DNA and genetic genealogy. The book, published by Family Tree Books, is 240 pages long and covers every aspect of DNA testing for ancestry research:

  • Part One: Getting Started – Genetic Genealogy Basics; Common Misconceptions; and Ethics and Genetic Genealogy
  • Part Two: Selecting a Test – Mitochondrial-DNA (mtDNA) Testing; Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testing; Autosomal-DNA (atDNA) Testing; and X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testing
  • Part Three: Analyzing and Applying Test Results – Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Tools; Ethnicity Estimates; Analyzing Complex Questions with DNA; Genetic Testing for Adoptees; and The Future of Genetic Genealogy
  • Appendices – Comparison Guides; Research Forms; and More Resources


For a preview of the book, you can visit the Amazon page or Google Books.

As you’ll see, the book is full of color images that help explain all aspects of DNA and genetic genealogy, like the following (only a portion of each are shown):



Here are a few reviews of The Guide:

You can also hear me talk about The Guide on Episode #8 of The Genealogy Connection with Drew Smith.

The book is available for purchase at the following:

And, if you’ve purchased and read The Guide, please consider leaving a review at Amazon!

4 Responses

  1. Jacqi Stevens 16 October 2016 / 7:20 pm

    Blaine, I was so glad my copy arrived on time to share it with my local Society’s DNA Special Interest Group this past week. This definitely will become a go-to Guide for our members! The diagrams and charts are definitely a plus for visual learners who want a concise review of specifics in genetic genealogy!

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