Trace Your Roots with DNA

Using Genetic Tests to Explore Your Family Tree

By Megan Smolenyak; Ann Turner
(Rodale Press, Paperback, 9781594860065, 256pp.)

Publication Date: October 2004

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Description
Written by two of the country's top genealogists, "Trace Your Roots with DNA" is the first book to explain how new and groundbreaking genetic testing can help you research your ancestry
According to American Demographics, 113 million Americans have begun to trace their roots, making genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country (after gardening). Enthusiasts clamor for new information from dozens of subscription-based websites, email newsletters, and magazines devoted to the subject. For these eager roots-seekers looking to take their searches to the next level, DNA testing is the answer.
After a brief introduction to genealogy and genetics fundamentals, the authors explain the types of available testing, what kind of information the tests can provide, how to interpret the results, and how the tests work (it doesn't involve digging up your dead relatives). It's in expensive, easy to do, and the results are accurate: It's as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and popping a sample in the mail.
Family lore has it that a branch of our family emigrated to Argentina and now I've found some people there with our name. Can testing tell us whether we're from the same family?
My mother was adopted and doesn't know her ethnicity. Are there any tests available to help her learn about her heritage? I just discovered someone else with my highly unusual surname. How can we find out if we have a common ancestor? These are just a few of the types of genealogical scenarios readers can pursue. The authors reveal exactly what is possible-and what is not possible-with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous historial mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.



About the Author
Megan Smolenyak has been an avid genealogist for more than three decades and is an expert at family history research. The lead researcher for the PBS A"ncestors" series, she is a contributing editor for "Heritage Quest" and the author of "Honoring Our Ancestors, In Search of Our Ancestors, "and "They Came to America," She currently resides in Williamsburg, VA.
Ann Turner was hooked on genealogy when she learned that her parents' ancestors had arrived in the United States on the same ship yet went their separate ways until her parents met 300 years later. She works at home, writing computer software and composing messages for the popular "Genealogy-DNA" mailing list. She currently resides in Menlo Park, California.


Ann Turner is the author of many acclaimed novels, picture books, and poetry collections, among them the novel "A Hunter Comes Home", an ALA Notable Children's Book; "Rosemary's Witch", a School Library Journal Best Book; and her two poetry books, "A Lion's Hunger" and "Learning to Swim", both ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Ann Turner's historical picture books include "Abe Lincoln Remembers", an NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; "When Mr. Jefferson Came to Philadelphia"; "Drummer Boy"; and "Nettie's Trip South". Among her other picture books are "Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies", a Reading Rainbow selection, and "Dakota Dugout", an ALA Notable Children's Book. Ms. Turner lives in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.
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