DNA and Genealogy
Understanding the Legacy Left by Your Ancestors
Colleen Fitzpatrick, PhD & Andrew Yeiser
To understand your own health
and well being you must understand the health of
your ancestors. But who were your ancestors? How
did they live? What legacy have they left for future
generations? Are there long lost cousins out there
who could provide you with missing pieces to your
Genetic genealogy is one of the most important
and most innovative ways to answer these questions.
Once the domain of high tech research laboratories,
DNA testing is now easy and affordable for people
interested in their family heritage. A simple swab
of the inside of the cheek may connect you with
long-forgotten relatives who have important knowledge
about family health and longevity, both now and
in the past.
Because genetic genealogy uses so-called "junk-DNA",
that is, DNA with no known medical significance,
you can be tested with no concern over medical use
of your results or interest from insurance companies.
Test results do not directly reveal medical conditions,
but they can establish a connection for you with
others who share a common ancestry.
Over 300,000 people have been tested for genealogical
purposes, many of whom have posted their results
in online public databases looking for matches.
Most of these have been DNA tested by joining a
surname study, which affords a group discount and
ready access to the group you will have the highest
probability of matching with. Being a member of
a surname study also provides you with a forum for
ready answers to your DNA questions.
& Genealogy by Colleen Fitzpatrick,
PhD and Andrew Yeiser, is an easy-to-understand
guide to what DNA is and how it is useful in discovering
your ancestry. DNA & Genealogy provides information
on how to find and join a surname study, and what
to expect from your results. DNA & Genealogy contains
entertaining sidebars of "DNA in the News" and "Weird
DNA Stories" to give a broader insight into what
DNA is and a number of ways it is used in modern
medicine and the forensic sciences.
If you are interested in the learning
about the newest way to trace your family heritage,
& Genealogy is for you!