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DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century [Hardcover]

Chris Pomery , Debbie Kennett
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28 Nov 2011
The first decade of the new millennium has been an exciting time for the family historian. The increasing availability of online resources has transformed the genealogical research process. DNA testing and the new generation of social networking websites have developed in parallel and are becoming increasingly useful tools. DNA testing can now be used to prove or disprove genealogical connections and will put you in touch with your genetic cousins around the world. It can also take you back beyond the paper trail into your pre-surname history. Social networking tools can help you to find and stay in touch with friends and relatives, and provide new ways to share and collaborate with other researchers. This book looks at all the latest advances in DNA testing from the Y-chromosome tests used in surname projects through to the latest autosomal DNA tests. Debbie Kennett explores the use of new social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs and wikis, along with more traditional networking methods. DNA and Social Networking is an indispensable guide to the use of twenty-first-century technology in family history research.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1 edition (28 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752458620
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752458625
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 18 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,068 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Genetics is a complicated subject, and most geneticists are profoundly incapable of explaining the subject clearly. Debbie Kennett is unparalleled in her ability to make complex science beautifully clear, and in her enthusiasm to explain how this subject really works. If you re interested in using genetics for your family tree, or even if you re already grappling with it, this book is guaranteed to make an immense and refreshing addition to your knowledge. --Anthony Adolph, Genealogist author and broadcaster

DNA and Social Networking is a timely and much needed guide showing family historians how to build up a network of researchers and helpers. --Chris Pomery - Author of DNA and Family History and Family History in the Genes

About the Author

Debbie Kennett is an editor, genealogist, and researcher who is well known in the field of DNA research. She organizes two projects at Family Tree DNA and writes for many family history magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tim Janzen's review of DNA and Social Networking 29 Nov 2011
Debbie has packed an amazing amount of information into this book.
The DNA portion of the book is divided in to 6 chapters as follows:
1. The basic principles
2. Surnames and the paternal line
3. Before surnames: haplogroups and deep ancestry
4. The maternal line: mitochondrial DNA tests
5. Cousins reunited: autosomal DNA tests
6. Setting up and running a DNA project

The social networking section is divided into 7 chapters as follows:
1. Traditional genealogical networking methods
2. Genealogy social networking web sites
3. General social networking web sites
4. Blogs
5. Wikis
6. Multimedia
7. Collaborative tools

The first chapter in the DNA section covers the basics of how to do DNA testing and who in particular should be tested. In the second chapter Debbie covers Y chromosome testing and includes an in-depth discussion of non-paternity events. She also discusses all of the major Y chromosome databases such as Ysearch, the SMGF database, YHRD, etc. The chapter about haplogroups and deep ancestry reviews deep subclade testing, the Walk the Y project, TMRCA estimates, and other issues pertaining to Y STR and SNP analysis. The fourth chapter discusses much information about mtDNA analysis, as well as Mitosearch and GenBank. The relatively new field of autosomal DNA analysis for genealogical purposes is reviewed in the fifth chapter. Both 23andMe's test and FTDNA's Family Finder test are discussed in detail. The final chapter in the DNA section outlines best practices for setting up and running DNA projects for genealogical purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Reading! 20 April 2012
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DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century Author Debbie Kennett

My main interest in purchasing this book was the first section relating to DNA. As a newcomer to this aspect of genealogy, I found it clear and concise and easy to follow, in contrast to many explanations of the types of analysis and their meanings which have left me more confused after reading them than before!

It is up to date (2012) with the details of the differences between the tests of the various testing services, and the tests available, all explained with unusual clarity.

I can thoroughly recommend this book; I know that, for me, it will provide a constant reference for some time to come.

Ron Ferguson
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5.0 out of 5 stars DNA and Social Networking 13 Dec 2011
By Kiwcol
Chris Pomfrey is only the introducer not the author
This book is full of good ideas and a good selection of links are provided
This is a new and growing field of Genealogy research, and i heartily recommend this book, to those considering DNA for Genealogy, and those who have already tested.
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