Here is a great book to help you understand your DNA test results. I tried to stay away from using scientific terms and attempted to use my genealogy skills to make sense of the data. It’s a short read at 84 pages, but I know my methods will solve DNA puzzles. Using my DNA results and basic genealogy skills, I solved a major mystery in my family tree with no paper trail or oral history. I describe the basics of each type of DNA test and why we should take each kind of test. I also compare the major testing companies. However, the critical value of this book is my explanation of how to overcome the scientific nature of the results by looking at your results using traditional genealogical skills. My explanation includes practical examples of how to use the tools, and my goal is to simplify how you analyze your results in terms that all of us as genealogists can understand. I present a case-study, where I discuss using these tools to find a biological father whose existence was a total surprise to his son. Genetics is a challenging science to understand, and many test-takers are confused by their results. So use the tools discussed in this book to demystify your DNA results. Focus on the goals you had when you ordered your test kit. Follow the clues to open up new information for your family history. DNA testing is only one tool in your genealogy tool kit, but it is a powerful tool. Use it wisely. Learn to use DNA and traditional genealogical techniques in tandem, and you will be able to harness the full value of genetic testing.
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