Saturday, February 25, 2006

Genealogy and Genetics

Our DNA does not fade like an ancient parchment; it is not rust in the ground like the sword of a warrior long dead. It is not eroded by wind or rain, nor reduced to ruin by fire and earthquake. It is the traveler from an antique land who lives within us all. - Dr. Bryan Sykes, in The Seven Daughters of Eve

Famous DNA lists DNA Haplotypes (DNA signatures) for famous, or infamous, people:

International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG), new non-profit promoting greater understanding of the uses of DNA within genealogy, and support network for genetic genealogists. No dues, no treasury, donated web server space and donations. Side-by-side comparison charts of Y-chromosome and mtDNA testing services:">

Journal of Genetic Genealogy:

Genetealogy - Using DNA testing to learn about your genealogy and family history:

Andy's Guide to DNA in Family History:

Interesting new development -- FREE lineage/DNA database to become available:
Articles - Utah project to link DNA, genealogy; Genetic markers may help Web users find kin:
Database to unearth roots:
Sorenson compiling huge DNA database:
   Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation:
A Family Tree in Every Gene, by Armand Marie Leroi:
Free login might be required

Also, Search (or upload) DNA results or GEDCOMS at YSearch: (FTDNA database), Sorenson search:

Competing service: Ybase, Genealogy by numbers:
   Search by haplotype or surname - up to 49 markers

Another - World Families Network:

Family Tree DNA's service:

Databases from the DNA-Anthrogenealogy list: (Y-SNP, mtDNA, Y-STR data), and Kerchner's DNAPrint Test Results Log:, Kerchner's DNATribes (t/m) Test/Analysis Results Log:, Kerchner's Mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) Test Results Log:, and for DNA Surname project leaders, Kerchner's Y-STR Haplotype Observed Mutation Rate Log: See who has the Deepest Y Line Ancestry Chart proven by both Traditional Research and Genetic Genealogy Evidence: All presented and maintained by Charles Kerchner.

DNA Database Diving, an article by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak:

Great DNA links:

Chris Pomery's DNA Portal:

DNA 101: Y-Chromosome Testing:

Tracing Your Ancestry Through DNA:

y-Chromosome DNA Surname Projects, + Geographical and Ethnic Projects:

Extensive MUMMA DNA project (20-page PDF) explaining basic principles of analysis:

Basics of DNA, Molecular Biology and Genetic Genealogy:

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak discusses The ABCs of mtDNA:

Genetics & Genealogy Mail List:
  Join, browse or search messages at the Genealogy-DNA Mail List at Be warned, this is a VERY busy list, and can be quite technical. For beginners to DNA and genealogy, there is the DNA-Newbie list:

For those who prefer web forums, see

Interested in setting up a DNA project? DNA Testing Info and Resources:

For those interested in DNA in ancient genealogy or anthropological research, there is:

DNA Masterclass:

Cowan DNA Genealogy:, &

I've just finished reading Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project by Spencer Wells, published by National Geographic. It's a short little book, only 174 pages including the Epilogue. However, there are almost 75 pages of Appendixes, glossary, suggested further reading, and index. What a great project, which will greatly further our knowledge of human history through both Y-DNA and mtDNA test results. Thorough and well-written.

Try to put well in practice what you already know. In so doing, you will, in good time, discover the hidden things you now inquire about. - Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669

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At 2:30 PM, Blogger jab said...

DNA 101: Y-Chromosome Testing: has a new web address.
It is now:


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