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DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century [Hardcover]

Debbie Kennett
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April 1 2012
An easy-to-use guide to finding one's ancestors with the latest in new technology and scientific techniques—including blogs, web auctions, wikis, and YouTube
 
Presenting the future of family history, this up-to-date book offers a guide to using social networking, such as Facebook and Twitter, as a research tool and explains the facts and potential of DNA testing for the genealogist. Family history research has come a long way from the local record office—now 21st-century scientific and technological developments have changed the way people look into their family pasts, allowing them to delve further back. Many tools which were not conceived with the genealogist in mind are increasingly being exploited by family historians, either to advance their research or to network with other genealogists. Many family historians struggle to cope with these new technologies and this book explains how to use these new tools effectively.

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"Genetics is a complicated subject, and most geneticists are profoundly incapable of explaining the subject clearly. Debbie Kennett is unparalleled in her ability to make complex science beautifully clear, and in her enthusiasm to explain how this subject really works. If you're interested in using genetics for your family tree, or even if you re already grappling with it, this book is guaranteed to make an immense and refreshing addition to your knowledge."  —Anthony Adolph, author, Tracing Your Irish Family History

About the Author

Debbie Kennett is an editor, genealogist, and researcher who is well known in the field of DNA research. She organizes two projects at Family Tree DNA and writes for many family history magazines.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Reveiw of DNA and Social Networking Feb. 14 2012
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Debbie Kennett filled a recent gap in creating a new book on DNA and Social Networking. Since there does not appear to be any more recent publications on the subjects this book is the most current and worth reading. Lots of resources referenced so interested readers can check out many internet sites referred to. Since the book is current and up-to-date it is well worth a read and possibly a good addition to the genealogist's library. Well done Debbie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and Accurate March 6 2012
By Texas Boomer - Published on Amazon.com
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I hold a Ph.D. in Biology and have taught at the college and university level for over 30 years. Debbie Kennett's new offering DNA and Social Networking is a great guide for anyone interested in understanding the link between our genes and our ancestry including the deep ancestry of our beginnings as a human race. The text is written for ease of understanding and she clearly explains what DNA studies can provide and what they cannot provide to the participant. If you don't want to bog down in the details of molecular biology then this is a good book to expand your understanding and knowledge in a field that is going to be one of the growth areas for genealogists for decades to come.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect timing July 24 2012
By BeverlyD - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just as I was considering having my DNA tested for genealogy purposes, along came this book to take all the mystery out of the process. I have a medical background and am not unfamiliar with the difference between Y-DNA and MtDNA, yet there is so much more to know that she clearly outlines in this book. She has clarified what to expect at this point in the evolution of this as yet very young science, in terms of how to choose a company and what results mean. Her hyperlinks to resources are very helpful.

The second half of the book deals with social networking and its usefulness to the family historian, a subject which she also details in clear language and a straightforward attitude. The primary message here is, use it! It's not just for kids, get on Facebook, Twitter, UTube, and anything else where you may find answers to genealogy questions. She also tells us what NOT to do with some of these tools as well, such as giving too much personal information in a public forum.

The only caveat is that the author is clearly British and the book is written with a British reader in mind. Many references are to British archives familiar to a British reader and not so much to an American. That said, I had no difficulty "translating" to my American needs.

I first bought this on my e-reader and now am buying it in the print version because I know I will refer to it again and again in my research.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of information. Dec 19 2012
By Saelj A Nilsson - Published on Amazon.com
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I have personally done a DNA test and this book helped me to figure out some of the results and all the information I got thru this test. The book brings out also how to do genealogical research in the US and Great Britain, which is not relevant to me, but the other information made very well up for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? Dec 21 2012
By Earth Wisdom For You - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a facebook user, I have used Wikipedia, but genealogy wikis? Who knew? Online bookmark storage? That sounds like a dream come true to me when I am so disgusted with Internet Explorer which won't even let me put them in alphabetical order. And the computer stuff as amazing as it is, takes backseat to the DNA stuff.
A totally mystifying subject made plain (after I read this, I realized I am not even sure which type of test I took already). She makes the very valid point that the more we all use it, the better it will get. She gives the background information on the different companies so we know who is doing what. I have been doing genealogy for 10 years extensively, but I feel like a naive beginner who this wonderful author has helped to grow up a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book for today's genealogist Jan. 23 2013
By M. Bowman - Published on Amazon.com
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DNA and Social Networking is a must-read book for the modern genealogist. Although the slant is British, the information is universal. And up to date. I am using this book as a basis for an upcoming presentation to my local Genealogy Society. Thanks Debbie!
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