Tuesday, March 26, 2019

NEW BOOK ON DNA by Debbie Parker Wayne: "Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies"

I received this book notice from Debbie Parker Wayne today:


Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies

More researchers than ever are using DNA for genealogy and adoption research. There are many books on this subject, but only Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies works through actual cases showing how to use advanced analysis techniques and genealogy standards to get results.

Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies will help intermediate researchers move up to the next level and advanced researchers apply the new DNA standards and write about DNA. This new book offers an in-home course in advanced genetic genealogy. It includes about 400 pages, 136 images, most in full-color, and dozens of tables demonstrating analysis techniques, tracking of DNA information, and writing about DNA. Each of the fourteen chapters was written by a professional genealogist with DNA experience. 

  • Eight chapters study real families (some using anonymized identities), including methods, tools, and techniques.
  • Jim Bartlett covers how to triangulate a genome (mapping DNA segments to ancestors). 
  • Blaine T. Bettinger demonstrates visual phasing (mapping DNA segments to the grandparents who passed down a particular segment to descendants, even when the grandparents cannot be tested). 
  • Kathryn J. Johnston shows how to use X-DNA to identify and confirm ancestral lines. 
  • James M. Owston describes findings of the Owston Y-DNA project. 
  • Melissa A. Johnson covers adoption and misattributed parentage research. 
  • Kimberly T. Powell provides guidance (and hope!) for those researching families with endogamy and pedigree collapse. 
  • Debbie Parker Wayne combines atDNA and Y-DNA in a Parker family study. 
  • Ann Turner describes the raw DNA data and lab processes. 

Three middle chapters cover genealogy standards as they relate to DNA and documentary evidence. 

  • Karen Stanbary applies the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) to genetic genealogy in a hypothetical unknown parentage case illustrating start-to-finish analysis. 
  • Patricia Lee Hobbs uses atDNA to identify a real-life unknown ancestor and that ancestor's maiden name, moving back and forth between documentary and DNA evidence. 
  • Thomas W. Jones describes best practices for genealogical writing and publishing incorporating DNA evidence. 

Three concluding chapters deal with ethics, emotions, and the future. 

  • Judy G. Russell covers ethical issues and considerations. 
  • Michael D. Lacopo describes the effect on relationships when family secrets are uncovered, surfacing issues for all concerned. 
  • Debbie Kennett covers the current limitations and future promise of using DNA for genealogy. 

An extensive glossary, list of recommended resources, and index are included.

Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies will be available at Books and Things in the NGS conference exhibit hall, Booth 401 (near the front aisle). Books and Things will shortly have the book available on their website at https://booksnthingswarehouse.com/.  Reviews and order links for Amazon (print versions) are available at https://www.amazon.com/Advanced-Genetic-Genealogy-Techniques-Studies/dp/1733694900/  and other venues are available at http://debbiewayne.com/aggtcs/ (or at http://debbiewayne.com/ then click on Publications). A Kindle version should be available by May 2019.


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