Your DNA Guide—the Book

The ultimate do-it-yourself manual: DNA for family history

Your DNA Guide—the Book takes you step-by-step through the various ways of using DNA to answer questions about your origins. Do you want to learn how you are related to one of your DNA matches? Turn to page 37. Or who your 2X great grandmother is? Page 23. You get the idea.

As you progress, you’ll learn relevant DNA concepts in plain English. You’ll check your progress and get new guidance based on your results at each stage. Are your matches unresponsive? We’ve got ideas. Did you just realize your great-grandparents are first cousins? We’ll help you figure out how that affects your research. (It does.)

This powerful, hands-on, step-by-step approach is based on Diahan’s 20 years of experience in the genetic genealogy industry and especially in the past five years, as she has helped individual clients make DNA discoveries. She realized that while each person’s situation may be unique, there are similar paths to follow for particular kinds of questions. She organized them in this book so you can read them for yourself.

Praise for Your DNA Guide—the Book:

[Diahan’s] friendly, familiar tone could convince anyone that they can figure out this whole “DNA thing,” and with Southard’s clear, step-by-step instructions, they can. – -Mary Kircher Roddy, FGS Magazine

“It’s definitely not a ‘big overview of DNA testing’ book, but instead a ‘let’s get down and dirty and solve a brickwall problem’ book. And we definitely need a book like this.” – Drew Smith, The Genealogy Guys Podcast and Genealogy Connection Podcast

“Diahan Southard is…funny and down to earth. Her presentations are always filled with color and graphics and explain the sometimes overwhelming topic in a simple and easy way to understand. She’s put her style into her first book on DNA.

This book is unique. My first thought was this is just like the choose your own adventure books I used to read as a kid. It’s almost like having Diahan there to hold your hand while you work your way through your matches and find your family!” – Cheri Hudson Passey, Carolina Girl Genealogy

Print edition $49.99 USD

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