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Have you had a DNA test, received your results and don’t know what to do with them?  Whether you are searching for ancestors, cousins or birth family; why not let us at Family Dig help you?  We have the experience and practice needed to help you discover what secrets hide within those Centi-Morgans and hold the key to finding those you seek.

DNA has assisted me as a Genetic Genealogist to be able to confirm or deny many relationships.  Whether it was for me personally or for one of my clients.  I’ve had people ask me to help them find their birth families and distant ancestors.  Both are equally challenging in many ways. If you have a close enough DNA match and can compare your family tree with a DNA match’s tree, you can make a well informed decision regarding the results. Of course, all of this takes education and method. These are paramount to making a correct analysis of the relationships. Especially, in dealing with 1/2 relationships and non parental events.

The best practice is to start learning. First, let’s take a look at DNA Testing Companies. (A DNA Test usually takes 4-6 weeks to be processed, so try to get a head start on this so you can be learning more about DNA research while waiting for your test results.)


Click on the link below to the C|NET  Article: “The Best DNA Tests in 2020”, along with other tests to avoid. They point out the best tests for the individual level and requirements of each party, beginning with Ancestry, 23andMe, FamilyTree DNA, MyHeritage DNA, Living DNA and others.

Best DNA test in 2020: 23andMe vs. AncestryDNA and more
DNA testing services can illuminate everything from your family history to your predisposition to certain diseases. We compare the top brands, including 23andMe, AncestryDNA, FamilyTree, LivingDNA and more.

Now let’s look at BOOKS about Genetic Testing

Here are some popular books that will help you learn all about Genetic Genealogy, testing and how to interpret results.

Genetic Genealogy in Practice

Written by Blaine T. Bettinger, PhD, JD, and Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL. The book provides family historians and genealogists who have just begun to explore genetic genealogy, practical and easy to understand information that they can apply to their research.

The Family Tree guide to Genetic Testing and Genetic Genealogy

Discover the answers to your family history mysteries using the most cutting edge tool available. This plain-English guide (newly updated and expanded to include the latest DNA developments) will teach you what DNA tests are available; the pros and cons of the major testing companies; and ……. Written by: Blaine Bettinger

The Genealogist's Guide to Y-DNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy

In this first book for genealogists devoted solely to Y-DNA testing, David Vance explains this powerful tool for genealogy in easy-to-follow chapters. The book is divided into three sections: Section One introduces Y-DNA testing for those with no DNA testing experience at all; Section Two explains Y-DNA fundamentals for those just getting started or wanting to know what their test results mean to their genealogy; and Section Three touches lightly on the genetics and the science underlying this fascinating new field.

You can find the above books by clicking on their links and many more, related to Genetic Genealogy, by clicking on the “Amazon” link below.

Look at “How To’s” using ANCESTRY ACADEMY

Instructions for DNA test kit.

DNA 101: An Insider’s Scoop on AncestryDNA Testing - Ancestry Academy
<p>What is DNA testing? What do I do with the results? Learn how new capabilities with DNA can leverage the vast resources on to help you make amazing new discoveries about your family story. Beginner, intermediate, and expert genealogists will benefit from learning about the latest ...

Learn how to connect your ancestors to their records.

DNA: Connecting Your Ancestors to the Records - Ancestry Academy
<p>This course discusses the connection between DNA testing and genealogical research. We will talk about how DNA testing can help to uncover the identities of the ancestors who may be missing from our pedigrees.</p>

Browse all Ancestry Academy Webinars

Ancestry Academy
Learn to be an expert from the best experts in the field of genealogy, family history and ancestry.

Learn more from DNA WEBINARS

Legacy Family Tree Webinars  ($ and Free)

Legacy Family Tree Webinars : Webinar Library
Legacy Family Tree Webinars

Free YOUTUBE videos from Family Tree DNA (Free)

Family Tree DNA is the world leader in Y chromosome, autosomal, and mitochondrial ancestry DNA testing for genetic genealogists. Learn how our tests can help...

Learn to use your  DNA RESOURCE’S

DNA Painter (Free DNA resource to help with your DNA results and matching)

DNA Painter: Tools
Useful tools and resources for genetic genealogy


GEDmatch provides applications for comparing your DNA test results with other people. There are also applications for estimating your ancestry. Some applications are free. More advanced applications require membership in the GEDmatch Tier1 program at $10 per month.