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Books on Genetic Genealogy

Beginners to DNA testing for genealogy often ask how they can educate themselves to more easily understand the terminology, the science, the testing products and their DNA results.

Genetic genealogy can involve a steep learning curve for many, so give yourself a head start and improve your existing knowledge by reading as widely as possible on the topic.

Once you have ordered your tests you'll have weeks to wait for your results, so read ahead - it will make a big difference to your experience and understanding of your results.


Genetic Genealogy books collage by Louise Coakley



Genetic Genealogy Non-Fiction


The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
Blaine T Bettinger
Paperback, Family Tree Books, 2016, ISBN: 9781440345326


A complete guide to DNA testing for genealogy - from selecting the right tests to understanding your results.  An essential resource for all beginners!


Genetic Genealogy in Practice
Blaine T Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne
National Genealogical Society, Washington DC, 2016.


The first genetic genealogy practical workbook complete with answer key allowing instant feedback.  This guide is a must-read for all genetic genealogists!

DNA and Your Genealogy - Maurice Gleeson


DNA & Your Genealogy - 68-page magazine

Dr Maurice Gleeson MB
Magazine, by Your Genealogy Today
Special issue, January 2018


The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me

Paul Joseph Fronczak
Howard Books, 2016, ISBN: 9781501142123


This amazing real life story has enthralled the genetic genealogy community.  Definitely a book that is difficult to put down!


Exposed by DNA: A Path to Reveal Family Secrets
by K S Hopkins
Kindle or Paperback, 2 October 2018



Swabbed & Found: An adopted man's DNA journey to discover his family tree
by Frank Billingsley
Bright Sky Press
ISBN: 978-1942945475, Hardcover, 1 Oct 2017



Almost Home: A Memoir
by Hilary Harper
Tree Garden Press
ISBN:  978-0998626208, Paperback, July 5, 2017



Paper and Spit: Family found: How DNA and Genealogy revealed my First Parents' identity
by Don Anderson
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 978-1544606989, Paperback, May 5, 2017


The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir
by Bill Griffeth
New England Historic Genealogical Society (September 6, 2016)
Hardcover; ISBN: 9780880823449


A Family Apart: Sleuthing the Mysteries of Abandonment, Adoption and DNA
by Craig A Steffen
Cognoscente Publishing, Paperback, 22 July 2015



Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
by David Reich
Pantheon, 27 March 2018
ISBN: 978-1101870327


The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
by Christine Kenneally
Penguin Books, 2015


Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond
Emily D Aulicino
Bloominghouse, IN, AuthorHouse, 2014, ISBN: 9781491840900


An excellent learning and reference book that can be referred to over and over again!



Professional Genealogy: Preparation, Practice and Standards
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Hardcover, Genealogical Publishing Company Inc, 17 Apr 2018, ISBN: 978-0806320724

This latest edition includes genetic and forensic genealogy.


Advanced Genealogy Research Techniques
George G Morgan & Drew Smith
Paperback, McGraw Hill Education, 2013, ISBN: 9780071816502

This terrific book of research tips includes a chapter on genetic genealogy.


NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection
David R Dowell
Libraries Unlimited, 2014, ISBN: 9781610697279

DNA for Genealogists - 4th edition, Kerry Farmer


DNA for Genealogists
Kerry Farmer
Unlock the Past, 4th edition, 2017, ISBN: 9781925323658


Also available as an eBook


DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century
Debbie Kennett
The History Press, 2011, ISBN: 9780752472706

A great guide on exploiting social media to advance your genetic genealogy!


Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA
Richard Hill – 29 September 2017


The One and Only Me
Ariana Killoran, A 23andMe Book, 2016

An educational book for children, that teaches them the science of genetics in a way that kids can understand.


You Share Genes with Me
Ariana Killoran, A 23andMe Book, 2016

A board book for a playful introduction to genetics for the very youngest readers.


QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research Evidence!
Elizabeth Shown Mills
Laminated pamphlet – May 9, 2015


Includes useful definitions and practical templates and examples.


Genealogy at a Glance: Genetic Genealogy Basics
by Angie Bush
Pamphlet – January 4, 2016


Genealogical Proof Standard
Christine Rose
Paperback – October 1, 2014


Endogamy: One Family, One People
Israel Pickholtz
Colonial Roots (July 1, 2015), ISBN: 9781680340389


Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland
Bryan Sykes
Paperback – December 17, 2007


Ancestral Journeys: The peopling of Europe from the first venturers to the vikings
Jean Manco
Thames & Hudson, 2015, ISBN: 9780500292075


The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry
Bryan Sykes
Corgi, 2004, ISBN: 9780552152181


Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA
Brenda Maddox
Harper, 2003, ISBN: 978-0060985080


The Gene Machine: How Genetic Technologies Are Changing the Way We Have Kids--and the Kids We Have
by Bonnie Rochman
Published by Scientific American; 1st edition, 28 February 2017


Novels incorporating DNA testing


The Rosie Project
Graeme Simsion
Text Publishing, 2013, ISBN: 9781405912785


Winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript in 2012.  A great story that you won't be able to put down!


The Rosie Effect
Graeme Simsion
Text Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 9781405918077

Sequel to The Rosie Project.


Shadows of Lancaster County

Mindy Starns Clark

Harvest House Publishers, 2009, ISBN: 978-0736924474

  Forensic Genealogy crime series by Nathan Dylan Goodwin
Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring, you just can't put down these mysteries of the past until they are solved!  Get absorbed in the interesting history, genealogical research, forensic techniques (some include DNA testing), and intriguing story lines.  Books can be read in series order, or enjoyed as stand-alone stories.

Hiding the Past - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 1, 15 Sep 2013
The Lost Ancestor - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 2, 10 Sep 2014
The Orange Lilies - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 3, 1 Dec 2014
The America Ground - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 4, 2 Sep 2015
The Spyglass File - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 5, 30 Aug 2016
The Missing Man - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 6, 2 Feb 2017
The Wicked Trade - The Forensic Genealogist, Volume 7, 25 Feb 2018


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