Ventura County Genealogical Society

Genetic Genealogy Reading List

Traditionally published books also have their place in the genetic genealogy field. In addition, some readers prefer hardcopy books to online reading or virtual books. Therefore, I have also collected a focused, pertinent, reading list, and noted in which local libraries you can find these books.

New Reference Books September 2016

These books are so new and specialized, they are not available in the library. Keep an eye out for them at the VCGS Books Table
  • The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy, by Blaine T. Bettinger, published by Family Tree Magazine.
    " ... better suited for people who have no DNA experience."

  • Genetic Genealogy in Practice, by Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne, published by National Genealogical Society.
    " ... better suited for people who want to gauge and expand their DNA knowledge."

Genetic Genealogy & DNA Reading List

The code (or codes) to the left of the book title indicates which local library carries this title. If your local library does not carry the book, you may be able to request it through interlibrary loan (ILL).

  • C = Camarillo Public Library Click Here
  • V = Ventura County Library System Click Here
  • BG = Black Gold, which includes Santa Barbara and Santa Paula Libraries Click Here

Genetic Genealogy - Working With Your DNA Results
        The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy; Blaine T. Bettinger; 2016
        Genetic Genealogy in Practice; Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne; 2016
        NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection; David Dowell; 2014
C       Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond; Emily Aulicino; 2013
C       DNA and Social Networking: A Guide to Genealogy in the Twenty-First Century; Debbie Kennett; 2011
    BG   Trace Your Roots With DNA; Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner; 2004
Case Studies and Memoirs
    BG   The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir; Bill Griffeth; 2016
  V BG   Finding Samuel Lowe: China, Jamaica, Harlem; Paula Williams Madison; 2015
C       Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA; Richard Hill; 2012
Deep Ancestry - Anthropology and DNA
C   BG   Neanderthal Man, In Search of Lost Genomes; Svante Pääbo; 2014
C V BG   DNA USA: A Genetic Portrait of America; Bryan Sykes; 2012
  V BG   Pandora's Seed; Spencer Wells; 2010
C V BG   Saxons, Vikings, and Celts; Bryan Sykes; 2006
C V BG   Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project; Spencer Wells; 2006
  V BG   The Journey of Man; Spencer Wells; 2002
C V     The Journey of Man VIDEO; Spencer Wells, National Geographic, and PBS
C V BG   The Seven Daughters of Eve; Bryan Sykes; 2001

Page last updated: 31 Dec 2016.