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DNA & Genealogy 20 Feb. 2006
By Margaret Alcott - Published on Amazon.com
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DNA & Genealogy is delightful to read! It is very well written, well organized, logical and very informative. It provides basic information necessary for understanding DNA, the history of DNA progress, a description of the practical applications, such as inherited diseases and criminal identification. The book's main emphasis, however, is on Y and Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Genealogical Surname Data Base comparisons and analysis. And, on this topic it does a really superb job of providing detailed, comprehensive data, with tables and analysis regarding haplotyes and surname test matching results, mis-matches, etc., along with information on associated web-sites and test labs. All of this is coupled with very interesting and often humorous anecdotal stories that make the complicated science of DNA & haplotypes "real" and therefore understandable and enjoyable. I highly recommend the book, particularly for those interested in Y and Mitochondrial DNA Testing for Surname Database analysis.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
DNA & Genealogy 28 Nov. 2005
By Alan McKenzie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
DNA & Genealogy by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser is the ideal handbook for anyone starting out in Genealogy using the DNA tools available. It is particularly useful for single surname project administrators. The book is well-written, simple to understand, guiding you through some of the the intricacies of this complex science with gentle care and with no small touch of humour. By the time one reaches the end of this book there will be a basic understanding of the subject of DNA and its uses for genealogy, certainly for the non-scientific layman. Inter dispersed among the pages are several interesting stories and anecdotes. For those of a scientific bent, there are numerous footnotes and website referrals where one can dig further for more detailed scientific knowledge, for which which some of us would shrink. For someone starting or running an existing DNA Surname Project, this is definitely the book to get.
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
DNA & Genealogy 1 Mar. 2006
By Robert Mcquillan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
DNA & Genealogy by Dr. Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser is a delightful change from the mystifying technical jargon that stops most of us from understanding this fascinating subject. If you want to get your DNA tested and then understand the results: this is the read. It will even help you with the `next steps.'
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
For The Layman(or woman) 4 Mar. 2006
By James E. West - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After having my Y and mtDNA analyzed, I wanted to be able to get an overall perspective and understanding to intrepret results and to understand the logic of the terminology. It is an excellent book for a layman who wants to grasp the subject. Too often technical books begin and delve right into the technology which in turn is discouraging and a turnoff. Fortunately this text proceeds at an acceptable pace and doesn't require too much re-tracing until the later chapters. Each chapter is sprinkled with anecdotes that are interesting, but can break one's concentration. I found it best to finish a chapter and then return and read the anecdotes.

I usually want to be advised of the background of authors and would have preferred some explanation of their background and basis for expertise.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
DNA & Genealogy, a good book for understanding genes and history 2 Sept. 2008
By Earl E. Watt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
DNA & Genealogy by Fitzpatrick and Yeiser (2005 by Rice Books press) is a book that starts with explaining the basics of genetics to explain the differences in the maternal history in DNA of the mitochondria bodies and the paternal DNA in the cell nucleus. The difference as explained is easy to understand, even for the non-geneticist. The reason the mitochondria DNA is handed down only through the maternal line and its implications are important to understanding matriarchal ancestry. The DNA from nucleus contains the Y chromosome that traces only the paternal ancestral history.

These differences are expanded by different mutations (changes) in the Y chromosomes DNA that allow genealogists to verify the relatedness of persons with the same family name among males, and sometimes find "non-paternity events" such as adoptions and connections among lines with a different surname.

The book goes into detail that can be a bit too complicated for some people, but the information is there if one can study and be willing to read other books such as "The Seven Daughters of Eve" by Bryan Sykes (2001) or "Deep Ancestry" by Spencer Wells (2006).

The book does relay heavily on the "Genome Project" by National Geographic Society and supports one testing lab at the expense of other excellent gene testing projects.
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