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Re: New Book by Debbie Kennett on "DNA and Social Networking" Is Published

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  • bowessurnames
    Available in UK now, US I think in April. Can download Kindle version anywhere, or purchase Kindle version and read in Kindle Cloud if you don t have a Kindle
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 1, 2011
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      Available in UK now, US I think in April. Can download Kindle version anywhere, or purchase Kindle version and read in Kindle Cloud if you don't have a Kindle or iPad with Kindle app.



      --- In bowesgenealogy@yahoogroups.com, "bowessurnames" <bowessurnames@...> wrote:
      >
      > Here's a review shared with permission...
      >
      > Debbie has packed an amazing amount of information into this
      > book. In the past several days I have been concentrating on reading the
      > social networking portion of the book because I hadn't read that section
      > previously.
      >
      > The DNA portion of the book is divided in to 6 chapters as follows:
      >
      > 1. The basic principles
      >
      > 2. Surnames and the paternal line
      >
      > 3. Before surnames: haplogroups and deep ancestry
      >
      > 4. The maternal line: mitochondrial DNA tests
      >
      > 5. Cousins reunited: autosomal DNA tests
      >
      > 6. Setting up and running a DNA project
      >
      > The social networking section is divided into 7 chapters as follows:
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      > 1. Traditional genealogical networking methods
      >
      > 2. Genealogy social networking web sites
      >
      > 3. General social networking web sites
      >
      > 4. Blogs
      >
      > 5. Wikis
      >
      > 6. Multimedia
      >
      > 7. Collaborative tools
      >
      > The first chapter in the DNA section covers the basics of how to do DNA
      > testing and who in particular should be tested. In the second chapter
      > Debbie covers Y chromosome testing and includes an in-depth discussion of
      > non-paternity events. She also discusses all of the major Y chromosome
      > databases such as Ysearch, the SMGF database, YHRD, etc. The chapter about
      > haplogroups and deep ancestry reviews deep subclade testing, the Walk the Y
      > project, TMRCA estimates, and other issues pertaining to Y STR and SNP
      > analysis. The fourth chapter discusses much information about mtDNA
      > analysis, as well as Mitosearch and GenBank. The relatively new field of
      > autosomal DNA analysis for genealogical purposes is reviewed in the fifth
      > chapter. Both 23andMe's test and FTDNA's Family Finder test are discussed
      > in detail. The final chapter in the DNA section outlines best practices for
      > setting up and running DNA projects for genealogical purposes.
      >
      > In the section on social networking Debbie covers a wide range of options
      > for genealogical researchers to find and contact other people, many of which
      > I was familiar with and some I wasn't particularly familiar with. It is
      > clear that Debbie knows this topic well. She provides a lot of interesting
      > background behind many of the web sites that I think adds substance to the
      > book. She devotes 5 pages to describing various facets of Facebook and
      > discusses her personal experience using Facebook for genealogical purposes
      > as well. Since I am not yet a Tweep, I found the 4-page section on Twitter
      > informative. The social networking chapters would be helpful background to
      > anyone who feels that they have more that they could learn about some of the
      > recent advances in social media.
      >
      > There are 4 appendices which are also well worth reading and keeping in mind
      > for future reference. The 4 appendices are as follows:
      >
      > 1. DNA websites
      >
      > 2. Testing Companies
      >
      > 3. DNA projects
      >
      > 4. Surname resources
      >
      > The DNA website section is broken down into the following categories:
      >
      > 1. General
      >
      > 2. Deep Ancestry and haplogroups
      >
      > 3. Y-DNA tools
      >
      > 4. mtDNA
      >
      > 5. Genetics primers
      >
      > 6. DNA databases
      >
      > 7. Scientific research projects
      >
      > 8. Mailing lists and forums
      >
      > 9. DNA blogs (with subcategories for anthropology blogs, commercial
      > blogs, DNA testing blogs, and personal genomics blogs)
      >
      > Debbie covers the pluses and minuses of all of the major DNA testing
      > companies in the section on testing companies. The book also includes a
      > 5-page glossary in which Debbie provides definitions for many of the common
      > terms used in genetic genealogy. Debbie also included a 2-page bibliography
      > in which she lists many of the most important books that have been written
      > about DNA testing, as well as books that cover the topic of English
      > surnames.
      >
      > Overall the prose in the book is fluid and easy to read. The book has
      > somewhat of a British focus, but that shouldn't be surprising since Debbie
      > lives in England and the focus of much of her research is on English
      > genealogy. In any case, I think that all genetic genealogists will enjoy
      > reading her book and will learn from it. In my opinion, this book is the
      > most important primer on genetic genealogy that has been written since Megan
      > Smolenyak and Ann Turner published their book "Trace Your Roots with DNA" in
      > 2004. Because the book covers a broad array of topics in the areas of
      > genetic genealogy and social media it should appeal to many genealogists.
      >
      > Sincerely,
      >
      > Tim Janzen
      >
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