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Genetics, DNA & Health History

Learn how the genetic markers in DNA can help you to find your ancestors. Plus, how to use genealogy and genetics to predict your risk from a variety of medical conditions.
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Determining Your Ancestry Through DNA
Have you ever considered using a DNA test to conclusively prove (or disprove) your ancestry? Learn how easy it can be with our guide to DNA genealogy. Includes an easy to understand introduction to the differences between Y-line and mtDNA testing, a guide to home DNA genetics tests, and tips for organizing a DNA surname study.

Genetic Basics - Understanding the Clues Found in Our DNA
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Y-DNA Testing for Genealogy
What is a Y-DNA test? What will it tell me about my ancestors? Where can I have it done? What do my results mean? Get the answers to these and other questions about the use of Y-DNA for ancestral testing.

Best DNA Testing Company
A number of different companies offer DNA tests for ancestral testing and ethnic origins. This checklist helps you to determine which company will best help you meet your DNA goals and provide the most bang for your buck.

Adoption Search: Using DNA Tests to Find Birth Families

mtDNA Testing for Genealogy
What is an mtDNA test? What will it tell me about my ancestors? Where can I have it done? What do my results mean? Get the answers to these and other questions about the use of mtDNA for ancestral testing.

Autosomal DNA Testing for Genealogy
What is an autosomal DNA test? What will it tell me about my ancestors? Where can I have it done? What do my results mean? Get the answers to these and other questions about the use of autosomal DNA for ancestral testing.

How Diseases are Inherited
There are many different ways in which you may inherit a disease from your parents, or even a distant ancestor.

Haplogroup
Definition, pronounciation and related words and resources for the term, land patent, as it relates to genealogy.

Y-DNA Testing - When You Match Other Surnames
Even though Y-DNA follows the direct male line, matches with surnames other than your own can occur. These matches are a result of several possible events.

DNA Convergence
Definition, pronounciation and related words and resources for the term, DNA convergence, as it relates to genealogy.

Genetic Genealogy Testing Companies
A wide variety of DNA testing companies offer genetic tests especially geared to genealogists.

Trace Your Roots with DNA - About Genealogy Book Review
Learn how to combine traditional genealogy search methods with the power of DNA testing to conclusively trace your roots and uncover your heritage. A review of Trace Your Roots with DNA by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner.

DNA Genealogy - Transcript of Chat with Thomas Roderick, PhD
Thomas H. Roderick, PhD, from the Center for Human Genetics, answers some of our burning questions about the role mtDNA testing plays in family history research.

Molecular Genealogy - Can DNA Replace Lost Family Records?
The Molecular Genealogy Research Group is working to build a database of genetic family trees which will eventually enable people with blocked genealogies such as adoptions, illegitimacies or missing records to trace their origins.

Genetic Testing and Genealogy - An Introduction
Thomas H. Roderick PhD, from the Center for Human Genetics, explains how DNA testing can help you to find your ancestors. Includes information documenting family health histories, mtDNA (also known as umbilical DNA) and y-chromosome DNA.

When You Really Want to Know...
Pat Williams, Ph.D., of Benchmark Genetics, explains the basics of Y chromosome testing and why it has proven very useful as a tool for genealogy research.

Genetics 101
Want to learn more about the nitty gritty of genetics and how DNA works? Check out this wonderful collection of genetics links from Biology Guide, Regina Bailey.

DNA Testing for Adoption Search
How close is the relationship? Parentage and sibling DNA testing is becoming more common as adoptees and birth family members seek to locate and identify each other. Information about test types, results and costs from Adoption Guide, Carrie Craft.

Cheddar Man
This article from CNN explains how DNA testing in 1997 established that Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton buried over 9000 years ago, still has descendants living in Cheddar.

Double-Helix Genealogy
Can we use DNA testing to prove our ancestry?  Mark Howells discusses the impact of genetic science on genealogy.

Genetic Codes Unraveled: New Clues to Human History
This article, by Candace L. Doriott, in the Jan/Feb 2000 edition of Ancestry Magazine, includes a full list of references. A digitized version of the magazine appears here in Google Books.

Genetics and Genealogy: Y Polymorphism and mtDNA Analyses
A detailed discussion of the implications of genetic research on genealogy.

Human Genome Project
A massive worldwide project to identify all the estimated 100,000 genes comprising the human DNA.

Genealogy-DNA Mailing List
If you have questions about DNA testing for determining ancestry then this active mailing list should be your first stop.

Tracing Ancestry Through mtDNA
PBS show Nova has put up an excellent overview of mitochondrial DNA testing. Learn the difference between mtDNA and nuclear DNA ancestry with their interactive family tree.

Umbilical Lines and mtDNA in Genealogical Research
A lecture by Thomas H. Roderick at the 2000 National Genealogical Society Conference in the States, available for sale on cassette tape from Audiotapes.com.

What Geneticists can do for Genealogists
A panel discussion from the 19th Annual Conference On Jewish Genealogy, available for sale on cassette tape from Audiotapes.com.

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