Benedict Surname DNA Project
Benedict Topics Index
Originally, my intent was to write a brief tutorial on genetic
genealogy and the use of DNA testing in helping determine ones deep ancestral roots. However, many good
tutorials and other reference materials have now become readily available, and it would be a time-consuming redundancy
for me to try to improve on these.
Rather, you will find listed here an up-to-date list of online resources and
bibliographic references that I can heartily recommend. RAB
One of the best introductions to the subject of genetic genealogy for beginners is at the Blair Surname
DNA Project website, called DNA 101.
An excellent tutorial on DNA testing and a discussion of human migrations is found at
DNA Heritage. Also, check out their
Masterclass while there.
Family Tree DNA, our test lab of choice, has a helpful
Frequently Asked Questions page, as well as a good
selection of papers from a number of scientific journals, available for download in PDF form, in their
Library. This link also gets you to FTDNA's list
of Recommended Books.
The National Geographic Society and IBM are the sponsors of a very large research effort called the
Genographic Project. Individuals
from around the world are submitting DNA samples as part of this major study of human migrations. By joining the
Benedict Surname DNA Project, one may also have their data
submitted to the Genographic Project since Family Tree DNA is performing the DNA testing and data analysis for both groups.
A number of Benedict Project members are already current members of the Genographic Project.
Gonick, Larry, and Wheelis, Mark. The Cartoon Guide to Genetics, New York: Collins Reference, 2005
Jobling, Hurles &Tyler-Smith. Human Evolutionary Genetics, New York: Garland Science, 2004
Jones, Martin. The Molecule Hunt, New York: Arcade Publishing, 2001
Olson, Steve. Mapping Human History, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2002
Oppenheimer, Steven. The Real Eve, New York: Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2003
Shawker, M.D., Thomas S. Unlocking Your Genetic History, Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 2004
Smolenyak, Megan, and Turner, Ann. Trace Your Roots With DNA, Rodale, Inc., 2004
Sykes, Brian. Adam's Curse, London: The Bantam Press, 2003
_________ The Seven Daughters of Eve, New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2001
Wade, Nicholas. Before the Dawn, New York: The Penguin Press, 2006
Wells, Spencer. The Journey of Man, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002