Category Archives: DNA

STR-ing along The Legal Genealogist is on the road, so the blog during this extended trip is featuring terms we all need to understand and use as genealogists. Today’s term, for DNA Sunday, is STR. It’s an acronym, short for … Continue reading

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Getting SNP’y with DNA The Legal Genealogist is on the road, so the blog during this extended trip is featuring terms we all need to understand and use as genealogists. Today’s term, for DNA Sunday, is SNP. Pronounced “snip.” It’s … Continue reading

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Faulty science? The opening sentence in the news report is ominous. According to a by-lined article by Spencer S. Hsu in the Washington Post, “The FBI has notified crime labs across the country that it has discovered errors in data … Continue reading

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Not a “potential descendant” Dear AncestryDNA, No, actually, I’m not a “potential descendant” of Simon Shew. I don’t know how I can make it any clearer in my family tree — and I don’t know that you’d care if I … Continue reading

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Overreaction It was probably inevitable the moment the very first headline appeared online, inaccurately accusing Ancestry of handing over DNA data without a court order. That never happened, but the mere accusation that it did was enough. And the entire … Continue reading

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No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her granddaughter Hannah. Since it’s DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be “my mitochondrial DNA…” Happy Mother’s Day.

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Reporting DNA issues accurately In genealogy, we get this point: facts matter. In genealogy, the point shouldn’t have to be repeated: facts matter. And in genetic genealogy, the point really shouldn’t have to be repeated: facts matter. Particularly when the … Continue reading

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Now get your testing done Exactly 62 years ago yesterday, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced they were sure that the structure of DNA was the double helix — an event “considered by many to … Continue reading

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DNA as mainstream genealogy Is there any possibility — any chance at all — that DNA is not mainstream genealogy these days? Um… No. It’s here, it’s here to stay, and it’s here in force. And if you had any … Continue reading

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Not yet… AncestryDNA launched its new feature, New Ancestor Discoveries, this week, and the pixels had barely started showing up on our screens before the outcry began. The theory here is that AncestryDNA can take your DNA and compare it … Continue reading

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