Genetic Genealogy Educational Resource List

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The Board for Certification of Genealogists, better known as the BCG, has created a great resource for genetic genealogy, including books, blogs, lists, forums, classes, institutes and webinars.

If you want to learn about how DNA assists genealogists, there is a plethora of resources available today.  Thanks to the BCG for putting this information in one place.

I love their opening statement:  “We can’t stick our heads in the sand anymore.”  Genetic genealogy is a fait accompli today.  It’s here to stay and every genealogist should have at least a very basic understanding of what it can do and how.

For a short, basic, easy to understand introduction, my “4 Kinds of DNA for Genetic Genealogy” is one of the most visited articles on my website.



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11 thoughts on “Genetic Genealogy Educational Resource List

    • I love Doron’s comment, “They are not amateurs. They are far from being amateurs.” I don’t think many people realize how much of what is available today is as a result of the genetic genealogy community pushing both the academics and vendors forward.

  1. Glad you mentioned this, Roberta. All credit goes to Blaine Bettinger who created the original list and inspired me to write the post. Huge thanks to you, too, for making genetic genealogy education available to us all!

  2. I want to give my daughter a test kit. I tested at 23&me, my brother at ftdna. Cost is a factor as well as looking for Native American through her father. Would Family Finder be the best for her?

    • Either Family Finder or order the Ancestry kit and include the transfer to Family Tree DNA for $39. That way she gets to be in both pools and the cost is only slightly more.

  3. I need an online class so I know what I am seeing in GEDMatch. For instance the generations option. Is the mid highlight square the DNA donor I am comparing to and how do you count generations? Just do not know what to look for.


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