Recommended DNA Books
by Richard Hill and Others

DNA books can teach you a lot more about genetic genealogy DNA testing. I recommend the following books and provide links to them on Amazon.com for your convenience. Some are also available elsewhere.

Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA

This is my personal memoir.

As an adoptee, I wanted to discover the identity of my birth parents and meet any siblings I might have. 

Finding Family tells my story and shows how DNA testing uncovered the long-buried truth about my birth. 

The book is available in print, Kindle, and audiobook formats.

Go directly to the book and its reviews on Amazon.com.

Guide to DNA Testing

Guide to DNA Testing on Amazon

This is a Kindle Short Book selling for just 99 cents on Amazon.com. I wrote it to provide a basic, easy-to-understand introduction to genetic genealogy.

I periodically update the content of the Guide. You can see the Version number on the cover.

You do NOT need a Kindle device to read Kindle books. Amazon provides free Kindle reading apps for any computer, tablet or smartphone. 


Go directly to the book and its reviews on Amazon.com.

Learn how you can get a free PDF version of the Guide here.


The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

This 240-page book is the most complete and up-to-date resource on genetic genealogy. While some material is too advanced for raw beginners, you will want this comprehensive book on hand as you work your way through the DNA testing process.

The book is available in both print and Kindle formats; but due to the excellent use of color graphics, I purchased and recommend the print version. See the book on Amazon.



NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection

NextGen Genealogy: The DNA Connection

This is one of the most current and complete DNA books. I appreciated the clear explanations and the very focused structure. Most books on the subject are either very outdated or seem to wander around in a way that results in too much duplication of content.

It's available in both print and Kindle formats.  Unfortunately, this great book is priced like a textbook. If it's too costly for you, I suggest you ask your local library to purchase the book.

Go directly to the book on Amazon.com.



Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond

Genetic Genealogy: The Basics and Beyond

This book by Emily Aulicino is another current book on genetic genealogy. Although it's not as tightly written as Dave Dowell's book, this one is about half the price.

It's available in both print and Kindle formats.

Go directly to the book and its reviews on Amazon.com.




The Adoptee Survival Guide:
Adoptees Share Their Wisdom and Tools

The Adoptee Survival Guide, edited by Lynn Grubb, includes an overview of DNA testing for adoptees written by Gaye Tannenbaum.

The book is offered in both print and Kindle editions.

Go directly to the book and its reviews on Amazon.com.





The Seven Daughters of Eve

The Seven Daughters of Eve

This classic book by Bryan Sykes uses mitochodrial DNA and anthropology to demonstrate that most of the people in Europe are descended from just seven women.

He calls them clan mothers, gives them names based on their haplogroup letters, and describes the kind of life they probably lived.

The book is offered in both print and Kindle editions.


Go directly to the book and its reviews on Amazon.com.


Watch for More DNA Books

From time to time I will add additional DNA books to this list. Check back later.

Books About Adoption and Adoptees

Like me, many of the visitors to this site are adoptees. To see an interesting catalog of books about adoption and books written by adoptees see Adoptee Reading Resource.


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23andMe now offers two versions of it's DNA test. The Ancestry-only version is just $99. The Health + Ancestry version that includes some FDA-approved health test results is $199.


If you already have results from another autosomal DNA test, you may be able to transfer into Family Finder for free.


Read on Kindle

Most of these books are available as Kindle eBooks at lower prices than the print versions.

I have a Kindle Paperwhite like the one below and love it.

Free Reading Apps

You don't need a special device to read  Kindle books. Amazon offers free Kindle reader apps for PCs, Macs, tablets and smartphones here.

Reviews Appreciated

When you finish reading any of these books, please take a few minutes to write a review.

Even if a book has many reviews already, fresh comments help more readers discover the book.

Use these links to review my books now:

Finding Family on Amazon

Finding Family on Goodreads

Guide to DNA Testing on Amazon