Guide to DNA Testing by Richard Hill

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Richard Hill, author of “Finding Family; My Search for Roots and the Secrets in my DNA,” just released his second book, “Guide to DNA Testing; How to Identify Ancestors, Confirm Relationships and Measure Ethnicity through DNA Testing” in Kindle format for just 99 cents through Amazon.

While Richard’s first book was the story of his personal search for his biological parents, this second book is an introductory primer for those who are just getting their feet wet in genetic genealogy, or thinking about getting their feet wet.  It’s relatively short, just 23 pages, so it’s not overwhelming.

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Guide to DNA Testing isn’t a “how to” book in terms of utilizing DNA results, but a basic introduction to the field of genetic genealogy, the major players, meaning Family Tree DNA, 23andMe and Ancestry.com, who sells what and how those tests work at a basic level.

Richard approaches the topic in terms of developing a testing strategy to obtain the answers for whatever it is that you are seeking through DNA testing.

My favorite part of the book is a table at the end that provides commentary in columns about the 3 test types, autosomal, Y and mitochondrial, and what each provides:

  • What is checked
  • Principal uses
  • Strengths
  • Limitations
  • Recommended tests

Useful, accurate, unbiased, Guide to DNA Testing and would be perfect for a new person seeking general information.  For the rest of us, it gives us a great “go to” resource for new people instead of trying to explain from scratch.  Great job Richard!!!

4 thoughts on “Guide to DNA Testing by Richard Hill

  1. Thank you for reminding me of Richard Hill’s first book, Finding Family……. My sister gave me that book last year and I have read it three times. I am going to see if I can find it to read again. The story of how Hill found his birth mother through the usual investigative channels and then used DNA to find his birth father is completely fascinating!

    • If you were disappointed, it’s probably because you have already scaled the learning curve. This Kindle Short Book is intended for newbies who are often overwhelmed. The goal of publishing on Kindle is to attract more testers from the huge Amazon audience, thereby providing more matches for all of us.

  2. Pingback: DNAeXplained Archives – Educational Opportunities | DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

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