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Re: February 2022 MBR The Genealogy Shelf

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Steve Hayes

Mar 4, 2022, 10:03:04 PM3/4/22
On Mon, 28 Feb 2022 21:58:39 -0800 (PST), Midwest Book Review
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The Genealogy Shelf

List of Free African Americans in the American Revolution
Paul Heinegg
Clearfield Company
c/o Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 260, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806359342, $25.00, PB, 174pp

Synopsis: It is not commonly known that more than 420 African
Americans who were born free during the colonial period served in the
American Revolution from Virginia. Another 400 who descended from
free-born colonial families served from North Carolina, 40 from South
Carolina, 60 from Maryland, and 17 from Delaware.

It's also not well known that over 75 free African Americans served in
the colonial militias, as well as the French and Indian Wars in
Virginia and North and South Carolina. (Lest the reader be confused by
the plural Wars, all the dynastic wars from the late 1600s through
1763 are collectively referred to as the French and Indians Wars.)

Although some slaves fought to gain their freedom as substitutes for
their masters, they were relatively few in number; those who were not
serving under their own free will are not included in this list. While
the information one each of the free black veterans varies, in most
cases the author has provided the individual's name, state and county,
unit served in, military theatre, some family information, often a
physical description, pension applied for or received, sometimes other
information, and the source.

Critique: A unique and invaluable contribution to African American
history and impressively useful for genealogical research, "List of
Free African Americans in the American Revolution: Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Delaware (Followed by the
French ... French and Indian Wars and Colonial Militias)" by Paul
Heinegg is especially and unreservedly recommended for personal,
professional, community, college, and university library collections.

DNA for Native American Genealogy
Roberta Estes
Genealogical Publishing Company
3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 229, Baltimore, MD 21211
9780806321189, $34.95, PB, 192pp

Synopsis: Written by genealogist Roberta Estes, the foremost expert on
how to utilize DNA testing to identify Native American ancestors, "DNA
for Native American Genealogy" is the first to offer detailed
information and advice specifically aimed at family historians
interested in fleshing out their Native American family tree through
DNA testing.

Figuring out how to incorporate DNA testing into your Native American
genealogy research can be difficult and daunting. What types of DNA
tests are available, and which vendors offer them? What other tools
are available? How is Native American DNA determined or recognized in
your DNA? What information about your Native American ancestors can
DNA testing uncover? This book addresses these questions and much

Included are step-by-step instructions, with illustrations, on how to
use DNA testing at the four major DNA testing companies to further
your genealogy and confirm or identify your Native American ancestors.
Among the many other topics covered are: tribes in the United States
and First Nations in Canada; ethnicity; chromosome painting;
population genetics and how ethnicity is assigned; genetic groups and
communities; Y DNA paternal direct line male testing; mitochondrial
DNA maternal direct line testing; autosomal DNA matching and ethnicity
comparisons; creating a DNA pedigree chart; native American
haplogroups by region and tribe; ancient and contemporary Native
American DNA.

Special features include numerous charts and maps; a roadmap and
checklist giving you clear instructions on how to proceed; and a
glossary to help the genealogist decipher the technical language
associated with DNA testing.

Critique: Unique, illustrated, comprehensive, deftly organized and
throughly 'user friendly' in presentation and application, "DNA for
Native American Genealogy" must be considered an essential and core
addition to personal, professional, community, college, and university
library Genealogy instructional reference collections.

Editorial Note: Roberta Estes has been a professional scientist and
business owner for 25+ years, (MS Computer Science, MBA, graduate work
in Geographic Information Systems), as well as an obsessed genealogist
since 1978. In 2005, reflecting her interest and expertise in genetics
for genealogy, she formed DNAeXplain, a company providing individual
analysis of DNA results and consulting services. Roberta is a National
Geographic Society, Genographic Project affiliate scientific
researcher and became part of the design team in 2012. Roberta has
authored multiple academic papers, provided content and consultation
to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the History Channel,
and other organizations and businesses.


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