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Helen Tovey and Karen Clare take a look at new titles of interest to family historians

Tracing your ancestors using DNA: a guide for family historians

Edited by Graham S Holton with contributions by John Cleary, Michelle Leonard, Iain McDonald & Alasdair F MacDonald

Written by a team of experts, Tracing Your Ancestors Using DNA is just what any of us – keen to get to grips with DNA and learn how to use it for our family history explorations – needs to read.

Taking us from the basics – such as what tests are available, why use DNA testing, and what test to choose – the book also opens brand new horizons on DNA genetic genealogy. For instance, providing practical advice for the dedicated DNA family history enthusiast on how integrate DNA and traditional genealogical research, and even how to set up your own DNA project.

With useful charts and tables (covering average centiMorgans shared, relationship calculators and many other topics), plus a glossary and a six-and-a-half page listing of further reading to explore, there’s lots of useful reference material. Yet it’s also most definitely a book that you can read and enjoy, packed with useful leads, tips, insights and reminders.

Do you recall, for instance, that in January 2015, 21 ethical standards for genetic genealogy were launched in Salt Lake City? This is something that is going to become only ever more needed, as more of us test and so have to consider the diplomatic aspects of DNA testing.

It’s also interesting to consider that, ‘Mediaeval genealogy for the masses may become a real possibility through the use of genetic genealogy… It was estimated in 1911 that the living descendants of the English King Edward III probably numbered at least 80 to 100,000. Of course the vast majority of these descents are lying hidden due to lack of documentary evidence. Now, genetic genealogy opens up the prospect of rediscovering these links to mediaeval times with some examples already existing’.

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