Genealogy and Genetic Genealogy Reference Material



Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is also an expert in genealogical research in the Northeastern Louisiana area, sharing genealogy with youth, documenting the ancestral journey, and employing the use of new technology in genealogy and family history research.

Nicka has diverse and varied experience in communications, with a background in publications, editing, graphic design, radio, and video production. She has edited and designed several volumes of family history that include narratives, photos, and genealogical information and has also transferred these things to an online environment.

Nicka is a board member of the California Genealogical Society (CGS) and for the African American Genealogical Society of Northern California (AAGSNC), a member of AAHGS Memphis/Mid South and the Southern California Genealogical Society, former chair of the Outreach and Education Committee for AAGSNC, and former project manager for the Alameda County, CA Youth Ancestral Project where more than 325 youth have been taught the value of family history.  Nicka is also the family historian and lead researcher for the Atlas family of Lake Providence, East Carroll, Louisiana.





 The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy

The Family Tree Guide to DNA Testing and Genetic Genealogy
byBlaine T. Bettinger(Goodreads Author)


Anthony‘s review

Jan 02, 2017
really liked it
Read from January 01 to 02, 2017


This book covers quite a bit about the current state of consumer DNA testing, and the popular services available. While it is geared heavily towards those who are professional genealogists, it can be used by anyone who wants to use any of the various DNA testing services. I wasn’t aware until reading this that there were several different types of tests; one better for paternal lineage, another for maternal, etc. The limitations of the tests are covered well; particularly the chapters on common misconceptions, mtDNA, Y-DNA, and ethnicity estimates. There are times when the material is probably more technical than it needs to be, and overly repetitive. In some cases I would suggest skipping to the core concepts at the end of each chapter, and going back for more detail if necessary. There is a bit of a slant towards Family Tree, but generally it is fair regarding the other offerings.
Evidence Explained – Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition, by Elizabeth Shown Mills
Review: The definitive guide for how to cite every conceivable kind of source a historian might use, from traditional archive material to digital media to the most arcane sources imaginable. This volume will be indispensable genealogist, writers and editors.
-John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University
Black Roots, A Beginner’s Guide To Tracing The African American Family Tree by Tony Borroughs

A Genealogist’s Guide to Discovering Your African-American Ancestors

This book is unique because it includes methods for successful research in slavery-era records as well as strategies to help you identify your ancestors’ slaveholder and the slaveholding family. Case-studies from various states and time periods tell the stories of real families whose lives were recorded in public records that you too can use.
Black Genesis: A Resource Book for African-American Genealogy, 2nd Edition
Originally published in 1978, and now in its completely updated second edition, Black Genesis: A Resource Book For African-American Genealogy is a straightforward listing of resources especially pertinent to African-American genealogical research. Divided into chapters state by state, each listing a wealth of libraries and repositories filled with more specific information for tracking down bloodlines, Black Genesis is an immediately useful and practical resource. No major genealogical reference collection can be considered complete or comprehensive without the inclusion of this new edition of Black Genesis by James M. Rose and Alice Eichholz.
Mississippi to Africa captures Collier’s fourteen-year journey in unearthing the buried history of his maternal grandmother’s family – a journey that took him back seven generations, from northern Mississippi to the Piedmont hills of South Carolina, and even back to a specific people and region in West Africa where his ancestry undoubtedly began. Trekking the paths of his ancestors and their displaced relatives before Emancipation (1863), this emotion-filled journey traversed down an intricate paper trail of federal, state, and local records, other public records, and oral histories, presented in a narrative style to inspire, entice, and propel readers into the fascinating world of genealogy and historical discoveries. Collier also uncovered the ways in which his ancestors ingeniously retained aspects of their African heritage. DNA technology confirmed his research findings and verified ancestral ties. The reader will gain many research tips and techniques along the journey.
150 Years Later is a unique story of DISCOVERY, TRIUMPH, and CELEBRATION. No other book unravels a historical mystery that led to an unprecedented family reunion. This book takes readers on a mouth-dropping quest that mended ties that were broken during slavery. In 1859 near Abbeville, South Carolina, 12-year-old Bill Reed was forever separated from his family. His father was sold away, and his mother, grandmother, and other family members were all taken away from the state soon afterwards. Waving goodbye to them, young Bill would never lay eyes on them ever again. He left South Carolina in 1866, shortly after he was emancipated, and moved to northern Mississippi after he was told that Mississippi was the “land of milk and honey with fat pigs running around with apples in their mouths.” He died near Senatobia in 1937, at the age of 91, never learning that his family had been within 75 miles away from him, also in northern Mississippi. 150 Years Later is a riveting story of discovery that chronicles Collier’s relentless journey of unearthing his great-grandfather Bill’s mysterious history, finding his family’s whereabouts and their living descendants, and breaking down barriers to mend the broken ties in an emotional reunion in 2009 – 150 years later. The involuntary break-up of families during slavery due to selling and other means was very common. However, the discovery of those lost branches and the reuniting of the descendants after 150 years is uncommon. This is what makes 150 Years Later very captivating and uplifting.
This blog was created to describe the discoveries that Steven Hardy made about his personal family through the science of Genetic Genealogy. These new discoveries were made possible through the DNA Genealogical companies known as Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, and AncestryDNA. In addition – various tutorials are provided to gently explain the science behind DNA Genealogy which is crucial in understanding the results of a submitted DNA test.
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