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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: 2.5 x 17.8 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 604,722 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

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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tim Janzen on 29 Nov 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Ferguson on 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 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kiwcol on 13 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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