DNA Reading List


In addition to blog posts and other online resources, 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. You may also see them at the VCGS Books Table, available at every meeting, beginning at 12:30 pm.


Genetic Genealogy – Recent Publications

        The Lost Family: How DNA Testing is Upending Who We Are; Libby Copeland; 2020


Genetic Genealogy – Working With Your DNA Results, Recent Publications

        The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy; Blaine T. Bettinger; First Edition 2016; Second Edition 2019

" … better suited for people who have no DNA experience."

– [Blaine Bettinger, as quoted by Debbie Parker Wayne, here.]

        Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies; edited by Debbie Parker Wayne; 2019

        Genetic Genealogy in Practice; Blaine T. Bettinger & Debbie Parker Wayne; 2016

" … better suited for people who want to gauge and expand their DNA knowledge."

– [Blaine Bettinger, as quoted by Debbie Parker Wayne, here.]

Genetic Genealogy – Working With Your DNA Results, Older Publications

        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 Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me;

by Paul Joseph Fronczak and Alex Tresniowski; 2017
    BG   The Stranger in My Genes: A Memoir; Bill Griffeth; 2016
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


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


Page last updated: 7 March 2021.