Trace Your Roots with DNA

Trace Your Roots with DNA


By (author) Megan Smolenyak, By (author) Ann Turner

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  • Publisher: RODALE PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 20mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 1594860068
  • ISBN 13: 9781594860065
  • Edition statement: 2003 ed.
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 468,520

Product description

According to American Demographics, 113 million Americans have begun to trace their roots, making genealogy the second most popular hobby in the country, enthusiasts clamour for new information from dozens of subscription-based Web sites, e-mail newsletters, and magazines. 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 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. Getting results is as simple as swabbing the inside of your cheek and popping a sample in the mail. The authors reveal exactly what is - and isn't-possible with genetic testing. They include case studies of both famous historical mysteries and examples of ordinary folks whose exploration of genetic genealogy has enabled them to trace their roots.

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Author information

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.