Friday, 24 January 2014

Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond by Emily Aulicino

Emily Aulicino is one of the pioneers in our genetic genealogy community and she has been involved in this exciting new discipline since the very early days. She is the administrator of 13 DNA projects at Family Tree DNA and is a popular public speaker in America where she lectures frequently on the subject of genetic genealogy. I first met Emily back in 2009 when she came to London for Who Do You Think You Are? Live. She's been back every year since then and I always enjoy our annual get-togethers.

It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce that Emily has written her first book Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond.  I hope to review the book in due course but I wanted to get word out first because I know that this much-needed new book will be in great demand. The book has a strong focus on autosomal DNA, and will be particularly valuable to anyone who wants to get to grips with the methodology of chromosome mapping, phasing and triangulation.

Here is the description from the back cover:
Finally, in the rapidly evolving field of genetic genealogy an up-to-date resource is here! Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond provides genealogists with the knowledge and confidence to use DNA testing for family research. The book guides genealogists in understanding various tests and determining what DNA segments came from which ancestor. The book explains how DNA testing helps when written records stop and discusses how testing proves or disprove oral family history. Learn which tests help adoptees; understand why you resemble your relatives and how testing can connect you with cousins you never knew. Discover how to encourage potential cousins to test and learn guidelines for becoming a project administrator, genetic genealogy speaker or facilitator for your genealogical society’s DNA interest group. Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond helps experienced and fledgling researchers become genetic genealogists able to use DNA testing to resolve genealogical roadblocks.
Here is the list of contents:

List of contents
Chapter 1 A Brief History of Genetic Genealogy
Chapter 2 Building Blocks for Understanding DNA
Chapter 3 Types of DNA Tests
Chapter 4 To Test or Not to Test
Chapter 5 Testing Goals and Test Candidates
Chapter 6 Convincing a Person to Test
Chapter 7 Choosing a Testing Company
Chapter 8 What to Do While Waiting for Results
Chapter 9 What to Do When Test Results Arrive
Chapter 10 Upgrading a Test
Chapter 11 Triangulation
Chapter 12 Chromosome Mapping and Phasing
Chapter 13 Being a DNA Project Administrator
Chapter 14 Creating a DNA Interest Group
Chapter 15 Becoming a DNA Speaker
Appendix A Success Stories
Appendix B Quick Steps
Appendix C Testing Companies
Appendix D Autosomal Statistics
Appendix E Additional Resources
Appendix F Glossary

The book is available from Amazon in both the US and the UK both as a paperback and as a very reasonably priced ebook. In the US the book is also available from AuthorHouse and Barnes and Noble. It can also be ordered on request from your local bookshop.

Emily will be in London in February for Who Do You Think You Are? Live where she will be presenting two lectures in the DNA workshop so do come along and hear Emily's talks and meet her in person. I'm sure she will be very happy to sign some books. You can see the full list of speakers for the DNA workshop here.

Happy reading! Congratulations Emily!

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