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How to Interpret Your DNA Test Results For Family History & Ancestry: Scientists Speak Out on Genealogy Joining Genetics Paperback – December 19, 2002
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The title of this book is grossly misleading and in fact barely one page in 10 makes reference to legitimate scientific data--or even to the scientists who supposedly "speak out". Her research was poorly conducted and even more poorly analyzed. She spends several chapters on topics which have no business being including in this book--namely, "creating a scrapbook" (where one sentence out of pages of text refers to DNA), and "beginning genealogy research." In the latter, she repeatedly does those readers who haven't done any genealogy reserach, a great disservice by misdirecting them on methods of locating a woman's maiden name. She suggests ordering birth records. How, pray tell, does one order a birth record for a person whose maiden name is unknown?! Ask the county clerk for copies of every record of a child born on a given date? Please!
While I applaud the use of the Internet as a means of self-publishing, one should not use it as a shortcut around publishing in a professional manner. Within the first seven pages of text, I found a dozen errors (typographical, spelling, grammar, and punctuation), which even a blind (but not deaf) editor would catch. Ms. Hart's writing style leads one to believe she published the book as it was first written--a draft version in which no thought was given to logical chapter order (definitions and explanations of DNA and genes can be found somewhere around page 110).Read more ›
Instead, one finds the author quoting from her correspondence with scientists about her own DNA test results. Most of the 'debate that unfolds' involves disagreements among those scientists about the meanings of her results.
I was particularly disappointed at how much wasted space there is in the book. Some 50 pages, for example, for a glossary of genetic terms reprinted from a US government agency paper, and 6 pages advertising the author's other (completely unrelated) books.
All of that is not to say that no one will find this book of use. Readers who approach it with the understanding that it was written by a layperson with no special training in genetics, who wrote it as an extension of a hobby, may be less disappointed than I was. But I would advise the prospective buyer to have a look at a copy at the library or a bookstore before making a purchase.
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The title of this book is NOT what is inside of it. The only thing in it that helped me was a description of what of the genetic names mean. Read morePublished 20 days ago by MJ S
This book is a waste of time and money, the author's self-important personality shines through the text, do we really need to know she once was a member of a high IQ society? Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kathy Mears
I got about a quarter way through the book, and I thought someone had played a prank on me because I was reading about crafts, interviewing elderly ppl, while trying to edit out... Read morePublished on February 16, 2013 by Bryan D. Long
I simply love this book because it was not written by a scientist writing to other scientists in hopes of trying to impress career credentials. Read morePublished on December 20, 2003
This is by far the best book on how to interpret DNA test results for family history and ancestry. Also see the author's other books on various ethnic DNA, such as Ashkenazi and... Read morePublished on June 10, 2003
I agree with the previous reviewer. More information is need in this book to match the title. Information about STRs and DNA techniques for the non-specialist is given in "How... Read morePublished on May 22, 2003
Hart's book on "How to Interpret your DNA Tests Results..." is a misnomer. The book does not provide the reader with any information on the topics of "short tandem... Read morePublished on May 17, 2003 by James