Beginners' guides to genetic genealogy
The following is a list of resources which are particularly appropriate for genetic genealogy beginners.
- Beginners' guide to genetic genealogy by Kelly Wheaton, Wheaton Surname Resources website, 2013.
- Put the kettle on, lets sit down and talk about DNA (*for newbies only) by Donna Rutherford, 16 August 2015. An introduction to autosomal DNA testing and GedMatch.
- Introduction to using DNA for genealogy by Louise Coakley, 27 January 2015.
- What types of DNA test are available? by Louise Coakley, 26 March 2015.
- Genetic genealogy basics by Sue Griffith, Genealogy Junkie website, last updated 30 October 2014.
- Sense about genealogical DNA testing by Debbie Kennett, Sense About Science blog, 15 March 2013
- Introduction to genetic genealogy by Steve Handy. DNA Genealogical Experiences and Tutorials blog, 21 October 2012.
- DNA testing for genealogy - Getting started Part One by CeCe Moore, Geni.com blog, 18 July 2012 (a look at Y-chromosome DNA testing).
- DNA testing for genealogy - Getting started Part Two by CeCe Moore, Geni.com blog, 25 July 2012 (a look at mitochondrial DNA testing).
- DNA testing for genealogy - Getting started Part Three by CeCe Moore, Geni.com blog, 18 July 2012 (a look at autosomal DNA testing).
- DNA testing for genealogy - Getting started Part Four by CeCe Moore, Geni.com blog, 18 July 2012 (a look at ethnicity testing).
- Understand DNA testing World Families tutorial.
- DNA Testing For Genealogy 101 – What Can It Do For You? Roberta Estes' series for the National Genealogical Society
- Is the answer in your genes? by Debbie Kennett, Berkshire Family Historian, September 2008 (Volume 33), pp 14-16 (an introduction to Y-DNA and mtDNA testing from a British perspective).
- DNA 101 by John Blair. The basics of DNA as it applies to Y-DNA testing.
Paths of DNA inheritance
Guidelines and standards
For guidelines on DNA testing see the Genetic genealogy standards.
Mailing lists and Facebook groups
Do you have questions? Ask, read, and learn from our ISOGG DNA-NEWBIE mailing list. (You must first join ISOGG to be invited to join the DNA-NEWBIE forum.) A DNA-Newbie is anyone new to the field of genetic genealogy. See also the FAQs for the ISOGG DNA Newbie list compiled by Kitty Cooper
There is also an active Facebook group for DNA Newbies.
Videos and webinars
- Chromosomes and inheritance A selection of videos created by the Genetic Science Learning Center at the University of Utah for the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
- Family Tree DNA webinars
- DNA 101 (for beginners) from the Ancestry Academy
- Getting started in genetic genealogy Diahan Southard's presentation at Rootstech 2015.
- Which DNA test is best for you? Maurice Gleeson's presentation at Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2014
- DNA for beginners Debbie Kennett's presentation at Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2014.
ISOGG Wiki articles for beginners
- Autosomal DNA
- Before You Buy
- Choosing a DNA testing company
- DNA newbie educational components
- DNA testing for adoptees
- DNA testing surprises
- Genealogical DNA test
- Genealogical DNA testing myths
- Genetic genealogy
- Genetic genealogy Q&A for beginners A guide to Y-DNA and mtDNA testing
- Genetics Glossary
- List of DNA testing companies
- Mitochondrial DNA tests
- Success stories
- Understanding genetic ancestry testing
- Y chromosome DNA tests