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« on: January 05, 2005, 11:42:09 AM »

World Families Network Announces the Book Review section (listed under "Developments in Genetic Genealogy" in the left menu bar)

The first two books included are:

Trace Your Roots with DNA (Rodale. $14.95)? by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner

Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary? (Kerchner $9.60)? by Charles F. Kerchner? Jr.

Obviously, we would like to see many books included in this section.? Please feel free to provide a review on a book for addition to this posting.

Simply select the reply button and provide the name of the book, author, publisher, price and url to link to more info about the book.? Give a brief review and your thoughts about why our readers would want to add this book to their library (or go down to the public library and check it out)? If you want to start a new category, that's alright too.?

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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2005, 04:12:27 PM »

Trace Your Roots with DNA  (Rodale. $14.95)  by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner

?An excellent overview of the history, early pioneers, and the many aspects of the new field of Genetic Genealogy. This book is well written and includes clear instructions of how-to-do-it and many real world examples of how to use DNA testing to aide traditional genealogical research. A great first book for the beginner to read. But intermediate and advanced readers will find interesting tidbits and ideas in this book too.? ? Charles Kerchner, Genetic Genealogy Pioneer and Author of the Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary.

Congratulations Megan and Ann for a terrific book.

Charles Kerchner
Emmaus PA
For more on these two books see:
Tracing Your Roots with DNA webpage: http://www.honoringourancestors.com/
Dictionary webpage: http://www.geneticgenealogydictionary.com/
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2005, 09:32:52 PM »

I purchased a copy of "DNA for Family Historians."? http://www.savin.org/dna/dna-book.html
It is sold and distributed online, (in password-protected PDF Format) which makes it quick and easy to obtain.? I am an FTDNA Surname Group Administrator and found "DNA for Family Historians" to be a valuable contributor to my understanding of the benefits of DNA testing for genealogical purposes.? There is a lot of information on DNA testing that is available for free on the internet, but this publication does a nice job of tying it all up in a single, inexpensive document that can be read or printed on one's home computer.
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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2005, 07:34:07 PM »

Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary  (Kerchner $9.60)  by Charles F. Kerchner  Jr.

Kerchner's Genetic Genealogy Dictionary Review
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2005 20:52:56 EST



Aid for the Aimlessly Adrift.
I once attended a Kodak seminar that very graphically displayed that the
limiting factor for the future would be the resistance or inability for humans
to change. (is it in our DNA?) They showed a film clip that lasted about 5
minutes. It contained a series of fast moving slides of snapshots from the
beginning of time to present in chronological order. The slides were of the
discoveries, inventions and accomplishments of mankind. At the end of the clip
they reviewed the timelines from the discovery of fire to the wheel and if
memory serves me correctly it was over 9/10 of the timeline!
Then they showed that the place in time of the beginning of the industrial
revolution to present day represented a very small amount of time at the end
of the timeline. All squeezed together at the end were slides of man's major
milestones of technology, from the inventions of the cotton gin and the
telephone to slides of man in space.
I was very impressed by how much knowledge had been acquired in such a small
time frame. And it was easy to see that they were right in their assumption.
That was about 25 years ago, before the days of home computers and Genetic
DNA testing.
Those of us genetic genealogists who have barely survived the changes in the
language of computer technology have been faced with another overwhelming
amount of new verbage to sift through in the world of Genetic DNA testing.
DNA testing for family tree research has brought many disciplines together.
We are like a ship setting sail, every sailor with his expertise all with
one common goal to chart the unchartered waters. It took the culmination of
many disciplines to bring together the discovering of the Americas.
Map-makers, traders, explorers to name a few.  Columbus studied astronomy, history, arithmetic and
geography. Their would have been no ship without the financier (the King),
and the Captain who was there for leadership. The chartiers, helmsman, sail
makers, boat swains, knot tiers, and cooks were all there to fulfill their
duty.
The Genetic DNA ship has brought together genealogists and family historians
statisticians, computer programmers (MRCA calculators), archeologists,
laboratory and other scientific professionals, each with their own set of highly
disciplined languages. All of these technical professionals have manned the
ship and sailed into the unchartered waters and are documenting the journey
with maps and journals that we project managers and participants are left to
interpret.
There are turbulent storms to be sailed through such as the SNP whirlpool ,
understanding MRCA, How many markers is enough, Accidental mismatches, we
even have our own Bermuda Triangle in triangulation.
And as the ships mates chart one set of papers for publication, soon another
one follows and before one set of acronyms are nailed down, a new paper is
published with a new design and brand new nomenclature to boot!
In this sea of nomenclature and perpetually changing verbage that is so
foreign there is a lifesaver being thrown to those who have felt like jumping
overboard into the sea of lack of understanding. It is Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.'s Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary. It is refreshing to find a
resource that has the unique ability to speak in common terms for the layman.
Thank you Charles, I have just received my copy and I am finding it very
useful. It is comprehensive and easy to understand.
You can get the dictionary at the following website.
_http://www.geneticgenealogydictionary.com/_
(http://www.geneticgenealogydictionary.com/)

Kathi Bobb
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2005, 05:12:12 PM »

Please let us know if you have read a book that deserves to be included.  We welcome additional reviews.  Terry
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2007, 05:01:00 PM »

This part of the site has been dormant for a while.  Any book reviews would be welcome, and we'll add them to our bookstore as we rework that part of the website also.
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2007, 12:28:47 PM »

I NEED TO PURCHASE A GOOD FAMILY TREE KIT
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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2007, 10:05:10 PM »

I just came across this forum for the first time.  I just recommended a book in the Fields forum, so let me repeat the info here.

If you're trying to obtain a practical understanding of DNA analysis, but don't have the energy to tackle the scientific jargon, I can recommend a new novel that places its protagonists (employees of the National Geographic's Genographic project) in a fast-paced race for their lives.  Very entertaining.  It's available at Amazon. The Y Factor (as in the Y chromosome) by Liam Roberts: http://www.amazon.com/Y-Factor-Liam-Roberts/dp/1602900507/ref=sr_1_1/104-5419076-8169549?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1185124435&sr=8-1

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« Reply #8 on: July 28, 2007, 12:22:26 AM »

Please be aware that The Y Factor is fiction.  Terry
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« Reply #9 on: February 19, 2010, 11:22:59 PM »

I'm new to this, but utterly fascinated. Just been tested and find I'm R1b1b2 M269, and I'm awaiting further testing. Meanwhile, I'm looking to order a good book on human prehistory, and it looks as though Fagan's People of the Earth: An Introduction to World Pre-History (13th Edition) comes highly recommended. Any other recommended books on the subject?
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