Genealogy & Genetic Genealogy
We get questions. We're always happy to answer them to the best of our
ability. But some folks would rather learn on their own than conduct a long
series of e-mail exchanges with us. And, we may not be the "ultimate
experts" we might be deluded into thinking we are. <G>
Therefore, we've compiled this list of authoritative resources for
Traditional (Documentary) Genealogy
Genealogy by means of written records is the foundation of all
genealogy. Who couldn't benefit from a refresher course to make sure we've covered
the basics in constructing our paper trails?
- Ancestry.com's Learning Center
-- a series of videos and articles on
- Building a Tree;
- How to Search;
- Understanding Records;
- Projects; &
- Archived Articles.
- Familysearch.org. –
- learn –
- courses –
- beginning genealogy
- Legacy family tree –
- data base –
- Training Videos
- Other websites
- General podcasts
- Genealogy gems
- Family History made easy
Good genealogy is dependent on good evidence, most of which will be
in the form of written records. The
Board for certification of genealogists has an excellent overview
for evaluating evidence.
Genetic (DNA) Genealogy
These links focus more on DNA and genetic genealogy, an overlay on
and supplement to traditional genealogy.
- International Society for Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG). Click on
- For Newbies
- Q&A for Beginners
- Testing Mtyhs
- Educational components
- Testing Surprises
- Paths of Y-DNA & mtDNA
- Wiki --
a collection of articles submitted by project administrators and other
knowledgeable folk. Includes:
- Genetic Genealogy resources
- Genealogy resources
- World Families
- Charles Kerchner's website
has a wealth of material. He is among the most prolific publishers of
information on DNA genealogy.
- Blogs: We like those on Blaine Bettinger's
Top 10 list of genetic genealogy blogs.
- This website: Don't ignore us just 'cause we're so close.
- Our glossary of terms we use
- "About yDNA" which traces
direct paternal lineages;
- "About mtDNA" which traces direct
maternal lineages; and
- About autosomal DNA" which traces direct
and indirect lineages.
As with traditional genealogy, evidence is important in genetic geenealogy.
It is, though, often hard to evaluate the quality of genetic evidence.