Advanced Genetic Genealogy Book

Advanced Genetic Genealogy Book

I should let you all know, in case you missed it, there is a new book on DNA which just came out. There are several beginner and intermediate books on DNA for genealogy already available. But to my knowledge this is the only one so far focused on advanced topics. There are 14 chapters, each by a different author with lots of genetic genealogy experience. I wrote Chapter 1: Lessons Learned from Triangulating a Genome. The Editor, Debbie Parker Wayne, and I were at the FamilyTreeDNA Genetic Genealogy Conference in Houston, TX on 23 March when we found out the book was available on Amazon. So Debbie made an impromptu announcement with the proof copy she had…

Pictured: me, Debbie (Editor & Chapter 7), and Pattie Hobbs (Chapter 10)

Here is a picture of the front and back of the book:

Edited 4/6/2019 to add list of Chapters and Authors:

  1. Lessons Learned from Triangulating a Genome, Jim Bartlett, PE
  2. Visual Phasing Methodology and Techniques, Blaine T. Bettinger, JD, PhD
  3. X-DNA Techniques and Limitations, Kathryn J. Johnston, MD
  4. Y-DNA Analysis for a Family Study, James M. Owston, EdD
  5. Unknown and Misattributed Parentage Research, Melissa A. Johnson, CG
  6. The Challenge of Endogamy and Pedigree Collapse, Kimberly T. Powell
  7. Parker Study: Combining atDNA & Y-DNA, Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL
  8. Would You Like Your Data Raw or Cooked? Ann Turner, MD
  9. Drowning in DNA? The Genealogical Proof Standard Tosses a Lifeline, Karen Stanbary, CG
  10. Correlating Documentary and DNA Evidence to Identify an Unknown Ancestor, Patricia Lee Hobbs, CG
  11. Writing about, Documenting, and Publishing DNA Test Results, Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS
  12. Ethical Underpinnings of Genetic Genealogy , Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL
  13. Uncovering Family Secrets: The Human Side of DNA Testing, Michael D. Lacopo, DVM
  14. The Promise and Limitations of Genetic Genealogy, Debbie Kennett, MCG


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  3. Ordered the book yesterday, it arrived today. I am beyond thrilled.
    This is going to help me sort out my 25% UK, 50% West Virginia and 25% total mystery Ancestry.
    Such an interesting hobby and so good to get involved in the relatively new area of DNA assisted Family History.
    Cheers, Steve


    • Steve, If I were to write that Chapter today, it would include a lot more about Clustering. If you use the Leeds Method, you wind up with 4 groups – one for each grandparent. The same happens with Clustering using about 80cM Threshold (you may have to adjust up or down 5 to 10cM) to get 4 Clusters – this should be one for UK, two for WV and one more. With some trial and error, adjust the Threshold to get 8 Clusters – roughly one for each Great grandparent. Grouping by Clusters may be helpful to you. Jim

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      • Jim, thank you for the pointers. I suspect the Mountaineers are greatly dominating my results. Looking across MyHeritage, 23andMe, GEDMatch, FTDNA and my 35,000 cousins at Ancestry, all the 1,2 & 3rd Cousins are WV (I know I should not really assume anything :-). I just wish the Brits and possibly Canadians tested more ! Anyway, I think I am going to enjoy all the Chapters in the book. As a more-or-less retired engineer, this is now going to be a major pastime. Thanks also for the Blogs. Steve


  4. I’m looking for a book for beginners on genetic genealogy. You mention there are several. Can you point me to the book you think is the best for beginners?


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