A guide for people who might be interested in genealogy
A few days ago I saw a post on Facebook from a friend who mentioned that she bought an AncestryDNA on a whim and just received her results. She had never done any genealogical research and had no idea what she was doing. I offered to give her some pointers and help her get started on her genealogy research. I started typing out a document with the basic background information she would need to understand the test and how genealogy research works but it got out of control and I ended up with 5 pages of information! Oops!
I happened to mention this absurd document in the AncestryDNA Matching Facebook Group and several people suggested I share it so that’s what I have done here. Click the link at the bottom of the post that says “Download the PDF” to download the file. Enjoy!
Before you read this I want to warn you…I am NOT an expert in genetic genealogy. I am relatively new to the entire process myself, so if I’ve made a fatal error please let me know gently. The purpose of this document is to give a total beginner who has already invested in a DNA test enough basic information to decide if they are interested in pursuing genealogy further. This is not a ‘how-to’ guide and it does not provide specific sources of further information. If you read this and decide you want to learn more about genealogy or DNA you should pursue further resources on your own, I don’t have anything to recommend to you for further reading. And if it sounds like an infomercial for genealogy that is intentional because I think everyone should love genealogy as much as I do! 🙂