My books and publications

My first book DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century was published in November 2011 by the History Press, and can be ordered from or direct from The History Press. It can also be purchased from Amazon as a Kindle edition. The book was released in North America in March 2012 and is available from Amazon and other online retailers in the US, Canada and Australia.

My second book for the History Press, The Surnames Handbook, was published in October 2012. The book is a comprehensive guide to researching a surname and covers topics such as surname mapping, DNA testing and one-name studies. The book includes extensive weblinks to all the many online resources for researching a surname. It is also available in a Kindle edition.

I also contributed a chapter entitled "The Napoleonic War Hero" to the book
A Viking in the Family and Other Family Tree Tales by Keith Gregson (The History Press, 2011, pp96-99.) This chapter is about my great-great-great grandfather David Tidbury (c.1785-1867), a veteran of the Peninsular War who also fought at the Battle of Waterloo.

I contributed a chapter on "The promises and limitations of genetic genealogy" to the book Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies edited by Debbie Parker Wayne and published in March 2019.

Papers in peer-reviewed journals
Gleeson M, Rutherford D, Kennett D, Cleary J, Leonard M. How successful is commercial DNA testing in resolving British & Irish cases of unknown parentage? The Journal of Genealogy and Family History 2022 Volume 6 Number 1. Published online 3 October 2022.
Kling D, Phillips C, Kennett D and Tillmar A. Investigative genetic genealogy: current methods, knowledge and practice. Forensic Science International: Genetics 2021, published online 30 January 2021.
Samuel G and Kennett D. Problematising consent: searching genetic genealogy databases for law enforcement purposes. New Genetics and Society, published online 18 November 2020. 
Samuel G and Kennett D. The impact of investigative genetic genealogy: perceptions of UK professional and public stakeholders. Forensic Science International: Genetics 2020: 48: 102366.
Thomson J, Clayton T, Cleary J, Gleeson M, Kennett D, Leonard M and Rutherford D. An empirical investigation into the effectiveness of genetic genealogy to identify individuals in the United Kingdom. Forensic Science International: Genetics 2020, Volume 46 (May): 102263, published online 24 February 2020.
Thomson J, Clayton T, Cleary J, Gleeson M, Kennett D, Leonard M and Rutherford D. The effectiveness of forensic genealogy techniques in the United Kingdom – an experimental assessment.
Forensic Science International: Genetics Supplement Series 2019 7(1):765-767.
Kennett D, Reisel D and Harper J. Genetic databases and donor anonymity Human Reproduction,  34(9): 1848-1849. Published online on 16 August 2019
Kennett D. Using genetic genealogy databases in missing persons cases and to develop suspect leads in violent crimesForensic Science International 2019: 301: 107-117. Published online on 14 May 2019. 
Kennett DA, Timpson A, Balding DJ, Thomas MG. The rise and fall of BritainsDNA: a tale of misleading claims, media manipulation, and threats to academic freedomGenealogy 2018 2(4): 47. Published online 2 November 2018.
Harper J, Kennett D, Reisel D. The end of donor anonymity: how genetic testing is likely to drive anonymous gamete donation out of businessHuman Reproduction 2016 31 (6): 1135-1140. First published online on 12 April 2016.

How to use 23andMe.  Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, August 2022, issue 193, pp24-25 (in press).
How to use Living DNA. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, June 2022, issue 191, pp32-33.
Make the most of FamilyTreeDNA. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, May 2022, issue 190, pp32-33.
How to use MyHeritage DNA. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, April 2022, issue 189, pp32-33.
DNA Painter: What is it and what are its key features? Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, February 2022. An edited version of this article is available online.
Anonymity for donors until children turn 18 – can this be maintained? Guest blog post for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, 9 September 2021.
Q&A Scottish ethnicity.  Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? October 2021, issue 183.
Q&A Meikle brick wall. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? August 2021, issue 181.
Q&A Sarah Bouton and American matches. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? Issue 180 (SPC).
Guide to one-name studies. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? March 2021, issue 175, pp24-28. An abbreviated version of this article is available online.
Get more from your Ancestry DNA test. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine?, November 2020, issue 171 pp19-24.
Q&A Search for grandfather. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine? November 2020, issue 171.
DNA ethnicity explained. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, May 2020, pp16-21. An edited version of the article with the title "What do DNA test results mean?" is available online on the WDYTYA Magazine website.
Q&A My grandfather was brought up by foster parents. Can DNA help me to uncover who his biological parents were? Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, May 2020, issue 164, p43.
Medical DNA for family historians. Family Tree Magazine, February 2020, pp16-18
Q&A. Can you help me make sense of my DNA test results? Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine December 2019, issue 159, p43.
From father to son. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Issue 158, November 2019, pp24-29. An extract from the article can be found online here.
Making the most of your DNA matches. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Issue 152, June 2019, pp17-22.
DNA dilemmas and delights. Family Tree Magazine, May 2019, pp56-58.
Talking Headlines with Debbie Kennett, Research the Headlines, 10th January 2019.
Guide to DNA testing. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, December 2018, pp17-23.
Paint your chromosomes. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Summer 2018, pp23-26.
Q&A. Is it possible to calculate my late grandfather's DNA results? Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, Summer 2018, p45.
Q&A. Am I descended from a Scottish king. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, August 2018, p43.
The brave new world of genetic genealogy MIT Technology Review, 28 April 2018.
Personal genetic testing and the implications for the donor conception community. BioNews, 26 February 2018.
The Big Question. Do these DNA results mean that I have Italian ancestors? Who Do You Think You Are Magazine, March 2018, p46.
DNA dilemma. Family Tree Magazine, January 2018, pp22-23.
A guide to DNA testing for genealogy. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, issue 125, May 2017, pp17-23.
DNA tests - why you need one. Family Tree Magazine, November 2016, Volume 33 No 1, pp56-57.
Harper J, Kennett D, Reisel D. "How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity". BioNews, 3 May 2016.
DNA for genealogy: which test is best for you? Family Tree Magazine, Christmas 2014, pp54-55.
Cousins reunited: autosomal DNA demystified. Berkshire Family Historian, December 2014, volume 38, pp26-28
Sense about genealogical DNA testing. Sense About Science blog, 15 March 2013.
Exploring your ancestry through DNA testing. Celtic Guide August 2012, Volume 1, Issue 8, pp32-34. Available from:
Ancestral research through DNA. FIBIS – The Journal of the Families in British India Society Spring 2012, Number 27, pp44-52
Cousins reunited. Family History Monthly, May 2011, issue 195, pp46-48.
DNA testing and the Devon DNA ProjectDevon Family Historian, number 135, August 2010, pp15-18. review. Family History Monthly, April 2010, issue 181, pp76-77.
A decade of DNA testing. The Greenwood Tree, February 2010, Volume 35, Number 1, pp11-12.
Social networking for family historians. Family History Monthly, February 2010, issue 179, pp36-37.
"Devon DNA Project". Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. Autumn 2009.
GenealogyWise: A new networking website for family historiansJournal of One-Name Studies, October-December 2009, Volume 10, number 4, pp16-17.
A practical guide to DNA testing. Family History Monthly, October 2009, issue 174 pp22-25.
Facebook for family historians. Berkshire Family Historian, Volume 32, March 2009, pp10-12.
Answers from your GenesBerkshire Family Historian, Volume 33, September 2008, pp14-17.

The DNA debate (letter about genetic homeland stories). Family Tree Magazine,  August 2013, p90.
DNA discoveries. Your Family Tree, April 2010, p21.
Making the best DNA match. Ancestors, June 2009.

Book reviews and software reviews
Understanding DNA Ancestry. A review of the book by Sheldon Krimsky. BioNews 1133, 21 February 2022.
Tracing Your Female Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians. A review of the book by Adele Emm. Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly, March 2020, pp41-42.
Who We Are and How We Got Here. A review of the book by David Reich. Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, June 2018.
Tracing your Ancestors from 1066 to 1837: A Guide for Family Historians. A review of the book by Jonathan Oates. Journal of One-Name Studies, October-December 2012, Volume 11, Number 3, p30.
The Berkshire Probate Index reviewed. Berkshire Family Historian Volume 36, September 2012,  pp10-11.
Surnames, DNA and Family History. A review of the book by George Redmonds, Turi King and David Hey. Journal of One-Name Studies January-March 2012, Volume 11, Number 1, p29.

I am a major contributor to the UCL Debunking genetic astrology website.
I am the co-founder and a major contributor to the ISOGG Wiki.

Online publications
A brief biography of my uncle Gerald Herbert Cruwys, a navigator with the RAF in World War II

Transcriptions of wills published on Genuki Devon

Transcriptions of newspaper articles published on Genuki Devon



Miscellaneous transcriptions
Transcription of various deeds from John Tingey’s Calendar of Deeds Enrolled Within the County of Devon 1536-1673:

© 2012-2022 Debbie Kennett


Charlotte James said...

Nice to find this when having a quiet Google!
I am Elizabeth Hickling's Great Great Grand-daughter. The Kingsley Christening Shawl which is now in my possession, is currently on loan to the Kingsley Museum, Clovelly

Debbie Kennett said...

It's good to know that the christening shawl is still in existence. How exciting that it is now on display in the museum. If you send me a photo of the shawl I could share it with readers of the blog.

Hthrkenyon said...

Hi Debbie. I found this link while cleaning up old files on my computer. I am descended from a Cruse family in Devon. Anne Cruse married a William Ellis. Basically all their children had Cruse as a middle name. They belonged to the Bible Christian Church and most moved to Australia. My email is Regards
Heather Kenyon

Debbie Kennett said...

Heather, Sorry for the delay in replying. I've only just spotted this. I have sent you an e-mail.