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The Family Tree guide to DNA testing and genetic genealogy
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Introductionp. 6
Part 1Getting Started
1Genetic Genealogy Basicsp. 10
Kick-start your genetic research. This chapter features a brief history of DNA testing and breaks down DNA and the four popular genetic tests, plus how to identify your genetic family tree.
2Common Misconceptionsp. 20
Debunk your DNA myths. This chapter addresses eleven common misunderstandings about DNA to set you straight as you begin your genetic research.
3Ethics and Genetic Genealogyp. 36
Conduct conscientious and responsible studies.This chapter explores some of the ethical issues involved in DNA testing for family research and how to account for them.
Part 2Selecting a Test
4Autosomal-DNA (atDNA)Testingp. 52
Explore your whole genetic family tree with this chapter's guide to the atDNA test, the most popular and (arguably) most useful DNA analysis.
5Y-Chromosomal (Y-DNA) Testingp. 93
Find your paternal male ancestors. This chapter discusses how to use Y-DNA to track your male-line descendants and solve genealogical problems
6Mitochondrial (mtDNA) Testingp. 116
Discover your female maternal ancestors and answer research questions about them with this guide to the oldest DNA test.
7X-Chromosomal (X-DNA) Testingp. 136
Pinpoint your genetic ancestors.This chapter discusses how to use X-DNA and its inheritance patterns to grow your family tree.
Part 3Analyzing and Applying test Results
8Third-Party Autosomal-DNA Toolsp. 152
Broaden your DNA analysis with this chapter's tips for using software, online tools, and other third-party programs to analyze atDNA test results.
9Ethnicity Estimatesp. 173
Unpack the estimates provided by DNA testing companies. This chapter shows what you can-and can't-learn about your ancestry from ethnicity estimates.
10Analyzing Complex Questions with DNAp. 194
Dig deeper into your DNA research with these tips and strategies for using your DNA results to break through brick walls and answer challenging research questions.
11Genetic Testing for Adoption and Other Brick Wallsp. 209
Uncover your hidden past. This chapter provides strategies for adoptees and other individuals who may face an extra hurdle when researching ancestors.
12The Future of Genetic Genealogyp. 220
Gaze into DNA's future with these predictions about the field's trajectory and what you can hope to achieve as genetic technology advances.
Glossaryp. 234
Appendix AComparison Guidesp. 239
Appendix BResearch Formsp. 244
Appendix CMore Resourcesp. 256
Indexp. 260
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