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 for your convenience. Some are also available elsewhere. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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

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

The book is available in print, Kindle, and audiobook formats. Click the image to find on Amazon.

Guide to DNA Testing

This Kindle Short Book is my easy-to-understand introduction to genetic genealogy.

Amazon provides free Kindle reading apps for any computer, tablet or smartphone. Click the image to find on Amazon.

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. Click the image to find on Amazon.

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.

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. Click the image to find on Amazon.

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. The Kindle version is quite inexpensive. Click the image to find on Amazon.

The Foundling: The True Story of a Kidnapping, a Family Secret, and My Search for the Real Me

The author used DNA in his attempts to find biological family. But this true story has the added mystery of a kidnapping. Click the image to find on Amazon.

The Stranger in My Genes

CNBC anchor Bill Griffeth got the shock of his life after a simple DNA test. His book tells how he discovered the truth of his origins. Click the image to find on Amazon.

Paper and Spit

Using DNA and genealogy, the author of this book finds not only the identity of his birth parents but also his true ethnic heritage. Click the image to find on Amazon.

Swabbed and Found

This adoptee, a longtime Houston weatherman, uses cutting-edge DNA tests and his investigative skills to put the pieces of his family tree in order. Get the book from Frank's website. Or click the image to find on Amazon.

Almost Home: a memoir

While snooping in a closet as an adolescent, Hilary Harper discovers a secret: her parents are not her parents. Once again DNA testing plays a big role in discovering the truth. Click the image to find on Amazon.

Exposed By DNA

DNA testing can uncover long-buried secrets. "Exposed By DNA" shares the author's surprising discovery and the path she took to solving her personal mystery. I had the privilege of writing the Foreword for this story. Click the image to find on Amazon.

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. Click the image to find on Amazon.

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. Click the image to find on Amazon.

Watch for More DNA Books

From time to time I will add additional DNA books to this list. Check back later. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases when you follow one of my links to that site.

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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Finding Family on Amazon

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