About the Author

The Genetic Genealogist was launched on February 12, 2007 as one of the very first blogs to examine the intersection of traditional genealogical techniques and modern genetic research, more commonly known as “genetic genealogy.” Genetic genealogists use genetics to learn more about their ancestry, including to learn about their ancient roots and to examine the relatedness of individuals. This relatively new technology represents a powerful new technology for the genealogist’s toolbox.  If you are interested in genetic genealogy or personal genomics, please add The Genetic Genealogist’s RSS feed to your feed reader!

About The Author:

Courtesy CeCe Moore

Courtesy CeCe Moore

My name is Blaine Bettinger and I have been using traditional genealogical research to learn more about my ancestry for almost 20 years. I entered the world of direct-to-consumer genetics in 2003 with an autosomal DNA test from one of the first companies offering this type of testing.

I have a Ph.D. in biochemistry with a concentration in genetics and am extremely interested in the recent developments in genetic genealogy.

My own tests have revealed that my maternal lineage, which has been traced back to Honduras in the 1830’s, belongs to Haplogroup A2w, a Native American haplogroup. My paternal heritage, which is traced back to Germany in the 1770’s, belongs to Haplogroup R1b1a2a1a1c1a1 (L1/S26, also known as Null439).

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The Genetic Genealogist is a private website funded by the author (and supplemented with minimal advertising). The information in this blog is for education and should NEVER be a substitute for advice from your personal physician.

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  2. Hello,
    I am enjoying your blog. We have had genetic tests done on my brother and they are interesting, but we have no idea how to interpret the results! How can I find someone who can interpret the results for us?

  3. Need to ask your people what they think about FamilySearch’s open editing community Family Tree, or public tree.

    This should have been FamilySearch’s goal from the first, to make sure correct FAMILY Genealogies, Histories and Research Records were “preserved indefinitely.” What good is a database that is full of bad data? The problem is FamilySearch’s open editing community Family Tree, or public tree! FamilySearch can put up a “people I am watching list,” or “good data more sticky,” or have their goal as “the changing of bad data and discourage the changing of good data” or whatever, in FamilySearch’s attempt to preserve indefinitely Family Data and research, but nothing will change, and none of the above will work in a public tree. You will still get people INPUTTING BAD DATA INTO AN OPEN EDITING COMMUNITY FAMILY TREE, OR PUBLIC TREE.

    Problem is now members of the church are just assuming that all on FamilySearch’s Family Tree is true, and are shipping – transferring – corrupted data around the world. When you have an open community public tree where everyone and anyone can add data, means that people with not good intentions can also add data, – subtract data, or move it around into different family lines. HOW GOOD IS THE DATA IN AN OPEN EDITING COMMUNITY PUBLIC TREE OR PUBLIC VENUE ANYWAY-?

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