Welcome to Toll Genealogy –  teaching you how to use DNA as a tool to answer your genealogy questions.


























Welcome to Toll Genealogy! 

DNA can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!  The primary aim of Toll Genealogy is to educate everyone on how to ‘do’ genetic genealogy. 

Not sure where to start?  You can read any of my blog articles, the most recent of which are down below. Or use the category headings in the menu if you just want the tutorials or latest genetic genealogy news.

Want to know what resources there are to help you learn and do genealogy?  Check my Resources Guide!

Who on earth is this Toll Genealogy person anyway? You can find out here!  And why on earth is the site called Toll Genealogy anyway? Start finding out the answer to that here!

Want to know when I create valuable new content, and be the first to know when my genetic genealogy online course is launched? Sign up for my mailing list (I promise not to bombard you with endless emails) here – as a bonus you’ll get my free guide on how to analyse your DNA matches so you can get started right away!

Hoping for more specialist help?  Check my ‘How I can help you’ page, or feel free to drop me a line!

Recent Posts

Gedmatch Opt-In: A Plea

Gedmatch: A Plea - Please Opt-in Forgive me the indulgence (it's my blog after all), but today I need to write about something really close to my heart. I will try and be as objective as I possibly can, but I'm not going to be 100% successful.  But I have something to...

All About 23andMe

In this week’s article, I want to give you a thorough-ish overview of 23andMe DNA kits looking at both the ancestry and health services it offers. 23andMe is slightly different than its competitors in that its focus is health information, with genealogy and its DNA...

DNA Underwhelm – Things to do with your DNA results

DNA overwhelm is something that has been mentioned in my blog articles before, but today I thought I would change tack and write about the opposite subject – DNA results underwhelm.  This feeling occurs, usually in non-genealogists, when they get their results through...

AncestryDNA: 10 Tips for working with your AncestryDNA matches

Did you buy an AncestryDNA test kit recently? Or have you been looking at your results feeling overwhelmed because you don't know what to do with them? Or worse - have you not looked at your results because you looked at them once and got a little unnerved at all...

What is genetic genealogy?

So, what is Genetic Genealogy then?   I realised recently that I’d missed something quite crucial when I started this website up.  I’ve never explained what genetic genealogy actually is.  I realise lots of my readers are familiar with what genetic genealogy is...

Privacy DNA & Gedmatch: What you need to know

Privacy, DNA & Gedmatch - What you need to know, and why I believe you should upload your DNA to Gedmatch. DNA testing and Privacy - 101 There is a lot of discussion about DNA testing and Privacy lately, and rightly so.  You should understand what can be done with...


My name is Rachel and I am passionate about genealogy and helping people to find their roots.