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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, but two separate books would have been better, 11 Mar. 2013
This review is from: DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)
This is a well-written book, and the author's justification for including the two topics of DNA and social networking in a single book is that they are both aspects of twenty-first century genealogy, which is true. The book is aimed at people who know little or nothing about both, but there are many people like me who are well aware of the facilities now available for social networking, and have been using some of them for years, but who have never quite got to grips with the relevance of DNA in genealogy. Most genealogists welcome the opportunity to make contact with other researchers, but not all would necessarily describe it as 'social networking', which they more closely identify with teenagers sharing the minutiae of their lives on Facebook and Twitter.

I found that the first part of the book to be excellent, and it provided exactly what I was looking for in bringing me up to speed with the use of DNA. For the reasons already mentioned, I only skimmed through the second half of the book, as most of it was familiar to me, but it seems to be well explained, although already somewhat out of date. My conclusion is therefore that although the content is very good, two separate books on the different topics would have been a better option.
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