The study of genetics and DNA testing in particular has now become not just a newsworthy topic, but a practical and meaningful tool for personal use. Family historians, in particular, stand to benefit greatly from the use of DNA testing.
Now a simple cheek swab test can be used to provide information that can confirm previous family history research or provide new clues to a family's heritage, both familial and geographical. On the flip side, genealogy is aiding the study of genetics by providing an avenue for further study of current findings.
If you are interested in getting an introduction to DNA testing and genetics and how they apply to genealogy and perhaps your own family history, check out the Carnival of Genealogy: 35th Edition. Hosted by Blaine Bettinger, otherwise known as the Genetic Genealogist, this "blog carnival" is a series of articles posted on various blogs about the topic of genetics and genealogy.
Included in the series of carnival posts are my own entries:
- Mr. Tierney, I presume? at A Light That Shines Again
- A rose by any other name at 100 Years in America
- Bad genes - discovered! here at Small-leaved Shamrock
Also check out:
- Calling all Ó Cobhthaigh, Cowhey, Coffey cousins! just before this post here at Small-leaved Shamrock
Happy reading! As I learn more about DNA testing and its application to the Cowhey family's heritage and that of other related families, I will post more information.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy a little introduction to genetic genealogy thanks to the 35th edition of the Carnival of Genealogy.