Prove it

Many of us use DNA for clues in our genealogy. A DNA match may connect us to a cousin or a location where sources exist with the answer to our kinship mystery. Yay! But what about those times when we don’t find a document with the direct evidence; maybe we find more pieces to the puzzle, and we want to use the DNA as part of the solution. If you ever want to say that you’re confident that A is the child of B because of one or more DNA matches, I’ve got a website recommendation for you!

The Board for Certification of Genealogists (BCG) strives to “promote attainable, high, and uniform standards of competence and ethics among genealogists through programs of outreach, publication, and education.” This isn’t limited to certified or professional genealogists; BCG has content to help all of us. And for DNA, I’d like to call your attention to  their DNA Resources page: Many—but not all—of the sources they suggest are available online for free.

* Case studies *: Would you like to read case studies to see how genealogists successfully combined DNA evidence with documentary research to prove a parent-child relationship? Dozens of such articles have been identified in the section “Scholarly journal articles on DNA, 2001 to present, by BCG associates.”

‘Proof’ by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images

* Webinars *: Legacy Family Tree offers their subscribers multiple webinar opportunities to hear genealogists walk us through how they used DNA to solve a case. BCG provides a list of those webinars here.

* Magazine articles *:  Many magazine articles are recommended here. There are links to the 14-part series from NGS Magazine called “Genetic Genealogy Journey” by Debbie Parker Wayne. Four other DNA articles are also noted, which address standards, research planning, and reasonably exhaustive research.

* Commentary and citations *: Two articles by the editors of the NGSQ are suggested here, and two additional articles by Elizabeth Shown Mills on citations, including her QuickLesson 21, which is available online to all.

* Books *: Two books are recommended here: Genetic Genealogy in Practice by Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, and Advanced Genetic Genealogy: Techniques and Case Studies, edited by Debbie Parker Wayne.

BCG, Genealogy Standards, 2d edition (Washington, DC.:, 2019).

Finally, there is a section for * DNA Frequently Asked Questions *, which elaborates in helpful detail on the Genealogy Standards specific to DNA and includes discussion on a handful of miscellaneous questions at the end.

Anyone who wants to claim an ancestor based on DNA matches would be well-advised to check out the resources on this valuable page!

Good luck!

Oct 2021 © Ann Raymont, CG®

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