Getting the Skinny on Genealogy and Genetics

I haven’t gotten into the DNA side of my genealogy yet but it is a way to discover more detail about my African American family history that’s often hard to document, my European roots and maybe even the Native American ancestors Great Aunt Clara said we have.

As I get closer to the ordering that little kit that’s supposed to map out my genetic DNA, I wanted a little more info. So researcher that I am, I started poking around and found a great series of videos that explains a complicated scientific principle in a user-friendly (and kind of cute way). Here they are for you to watch at your leisure.  


If you liked this first videos, here are the links to the rest in the series:

Genetics 101, Part 2 – What are SNPs?

Genetics 101, Part 3 – Where do your genes come from?

Genetics 101, Part 4 – What is phenotype?

Are you planning to add genetic DNA testing to your genealogy toolkit?

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4 responses to Getting the Skinny on Genealogy and Genetics

  1. claimingkin says:

    Hi Karen, I haven’t delved into DNA Genealogy just yet, but I plan to very soon. I’ve been reading a lot about it online lately and my current issue of “Family Tree Magazine (Dec 2011)” includes a nice article that talks about going beyond the Y-DNA testing (which examines the male-line ancestors) and mtDNA testing (which examines the female-line ancestors) to exploring autosomal DNA testing which examines ancestors in-between such as cousins, etc. It’s very intriguing.

    I’ve enjoyed visiting your site and thanks so much for connecting with me on Twitter!

    • @claimingkin Thank you for stopping by to visit:-) We’ll have to compare notes on how our DNA genealogy works out. I’m going to focus on my mtDNA because it’ll going to be easier – no men around at this point to test on my dad’s side of the family.


  2. advia says:

    Most people associate DNA testing with criminal or paternal issues. It’s refreshing to know that DNA also works to find one’s genealogical roots. If you have Australian readers, I recommend 

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