Emily Aulicino, a genealogist who has researched her lineage both nationally and internationally since 1970, is the Northwest speaker and regional coordinator of the International Society of Genealogy (ISOGG). Aulicino manages 13 DNA projects and a surname study at the Guild of One Name Studies (GOONS). She has given presentations on genetic genealogy and has been a guest speaker for a large variety of audiences, including: Who Do You Think You Are? Conference 2013 (London), Family Tree DNAs International Conference; Southern California Genealogical Societys DNA Day at Jamboree; a DNA surname project conference in Virginia; the All Cultural Society of Ireland, a Jewish Genealogical Society, the West Coast Summit on African-American Genealogy, the Left Coast Eisteddfod, and various genealogical and lineage societies. She also created a DNA interest group at her genealogical society where she teaches several times a year. Aulicino's blogs on genetic genealogy and writing have received numerous awards. She has been interviewed about her genetic genealogy work for television and for various newspapers. Aulicinos article on "DNA Testing Solving Mysteries and Uniting Families" appeared in Irish Roots (Dublin, Ireland). Aulicino was selected to preview National Geographic's Geno 2.0 test and to participate in an autosomal research study that is exploring the reasons for the significant difference in match probabilities between Jewish and non-Jewish populations. Among Aulicinos published works are a family history, a handbook for writing family and childhood memories. Emily Aulicino remains current in her knowledge of genetic genealogy and in the latest techniques for exploring genealogy by attending yearly conferences and continuing family research. Aulicino assists Family Tree DNA at the Who Do You Think You Are? Live conference annually by explaining how DNA testing helps genealogists, what tests can assist researchers and in collecting DNA samples.
A vibrant young Hispano woman, Shonnie Medina, inherits a breast-cancer mutation known as BRCA1.185delAG. It is a genetic variant characteristic of Jews. The Medinas knew they were descended from Native Americans and Spanish Catholics, but they did not know that they had Jewish ancestry as well. The mutation most likely sprang from Sephardic Jews hounded by the Spanish Inquisition. The discovery of the gene leads to a fascinating investigation of cultural history and modern genetics by Dr. Harry Ostrer and other experts on the DNA of Jewish populations.
Set in the isolated San Luis Valley of Colorado, this beautiful and harrowing book tells of the Medina family’s five-hundred-year passage from medieval Spain to the American Southwest and of their surprising conversion from Catholicism to the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 1980s. Rejecting conventional therapies in her struggle against cancer, Shonnie Medina died in 1999. Her life embodies a story that could change the way we think about race and faith.
Franklin combines wide-ranging sources—from historical accounts of sheep-breeding, to scientific representations of cloning by nuclear transfer, to popular media reports of Dolly’s creation and birth—as she draws on gender and kinship theory as well as postcolonial and science studies. She argues that there is an urgent need for more nuanced responses to the complex intersections between the social and the biological, intersections which are literally reshaping reproduction and genealogy. In Dolly Mixtures, Franklin uses the renowned sheep as an opportunity to begin developing a critical language to identify and evaluate the reproductive possibilities that post-Dolly biology now faces, and to look back at some of the important historical formations that enabled and prefigured Dolly’s creation.
The book describes the three major categories of DNA testing for family history research: Y-chromosome tests for investigating paternal (surname) lines, mitochondrial tests for investigating maternal (umbilical) lines, and autosomal tests for exploring close relationships. Expert genealogist David Dowell provides guidance on deciding which test to take and identifying which members of your family should be tested to answer your most important genealogical questions. Readers will also learn how to interpret the results of tests and methods for further analysis to get additional value from them.
In 1994 Bryan Sykes was called in as an expert to examine the frozen remains of a man trapped in glacial ice in northern Italy for over 5000 years—the Ice Man. Sykes succeeded in extracting DNA from the Ice Man, but even more important, writes Science News, was his "ability to directly link that DNA to Europeans living today." In this groundbreaking book, Sykes reveals how the identification of a particular strand of DNA that passes unbroken through the maternal line allows scientists to trace our genetic makeup all the way back to prehistoric times—to seven primeval women, the "seven daughters of Eve."