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• Presents an overview to genealogical principles and an introduction to DNA testing for nonexpert audiences

• Explains how genetic genealogy can provide data from within our bodies that tells us about who we are, who our ancestors were, and what characteristics our descendants may have

• Addresses key legal and ethical issues regarding DNA testing

• Describes the accepted protocols of DNA collection, handling, processing, evaluation, and interpretation that make DNA information more reliable than the other kinds of genealogical information



"NextGen would be a good introductory book . . . . I came away with a good understanding of DNA and why genealogists want to use it. Mr. Dowell is a good writer, and has written an excellent DNA book for those who are utilizing this set of information to establish family lines."

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Book Description

Covering all three major categories of DNA testing for genealogical purposes, this book gives genealogists and other readers expert guidance on how to use this powerful and evolving tool.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 173 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited (November 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610697278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610697279
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

DAVID R. DOWELL, Ph.D., has two degrees in history and two in library science, as well as 35 years of experience as a librarian and 4 years as a special investigative officer in the U.S. Air Force. He has taught courses in U.S. genealogy research and European genealogy research since his retirement in 2007 and has researched his family history for four decades. He is a member of the National Genealogical Society, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Southern California Genealogy Society, and the Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society. He is co-coordinator of two surname and one haplogroup DNA projects and has chaired both the Genealogy and the Ethics Committees of the American Library Association. He taught an online course: Ethics In The Information Age. He plans to integrate his interest in genealogy, ethics and DNA testing in his next book NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection. The book will be published in November, 2014. Check out his blog Dr D. Diggs Up Ancestors at http://blog.ddowell.com and his more complete resume at http://ddowell.com/dave/resume.pdf.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John M Jeffords on April 9, 2015
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The TV dramas provide us with a distorted idea of what DNA is and what can be learned from DNA testing. Dr. Dowell's book dispels those misconceptions. This is not a book that can be read and then put aside with a feeling that the material has been mastered. Although the book is well written and well organized, there is just too much information there for casual understanding. My original intention was to read the book quickly to gain an understanding of what was contained in the book and then read it more slowly to gain an understanding of the material. The first reading was successful but I would be surprised if I had retained even 10% of what I read. There was just too much information available. But I did gain a pretty good idea of how our ancestry contributes to our DNA and the information that can be obtained from the different types of DNA tests. More importantly, I realized that this is a reference, to be used to answer specific questions about how DNA can be used in researching ones ancestry. And the answers are there. Dr. Dowell's method is to explain a concept and then provide examples, often taken from his own research, of how that concept applies to resolving dilemmas that surfaced in that research. Basically, he describes DNA as a tool that helps solve mysteries. This book should be in the library of everyone with a serious interest in genealogy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Smigun on February 21, 2015
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Finally there is a book that explains the various DNA tests and how they can be best used in genealogy. I've read at least ten books on this subject and always end up more confused than educated. This author explains the subject clearly and then goes on to show how he has used the tests. Then finally he gives a step by step listing of how I can do the same thing. He is brilliant!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By KAM on February 17, 2015
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This book is rather basic peppered with personal examples and WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. Not worth the value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lynne in NM on April 27, 2015
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This was a terrifically helpful book on a topic with which I have no experience but a need to get up to speed quickly. It's practical and applied, providing specific examples and very current information on the primary marketplace options. The book is well-written and easy to read. The examples made sense and helped me absorb what I was learning. I feel that to really be able to apply this information to my own analysis of DNA data, I will need to go back and study the examples more closely so that I can more fully understand the author's analytic decisions in the process. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting a basic but thorough understanding of what they need to know before heading down the path of DNA testing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Wright on March 9, 2015
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After watching an episode of Who do you think you are, and various persons claimed to be "pure" English. Their DNA told a completely different story. Family legends have led us to believe a multitude of fascinating stories, but I am passionate about the truth of where I came from so I shall have to have my DNA checked as well.
A totally absorbing book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Candyce F. Dixon on June 14, 2015
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Truly a readable handbook to interpreting FTDNA results. I've read it multiple times and keep it by my computer for easy reference.
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