Category Archives: DNA

DNA tests on sale It’s that time of year again … and The Legal Genealogist just can’t resist. I’m a sucker for a DNA sale. DNA tests give us the chance to fish for cousins, using our DNA as bait, … Continue reading

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Proving John Locke Reader James Hawk made an exciting find — he might be related to 17th century English philosopher and physician John Locke. That is Definitely Cool. In capital letters. Locke — born in 1632 in Wrighton, Somerset, England … Continue reading

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Musings on a sad Sunday The Legal Genealogist rarely deviates from genealogy into politics, and even more rarely on a Sunday — a day this blog sets aside for discussions of how genealogists can use DNA to help prove relationships. … Continue reading

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Good news, bad news, mixed news There’s good news and bad news in the genetic genealogy world this week. The good news is, things are changing. The bad news is, thing are changing. Good good news Unabashedly good news came … Continue reading

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Why they’re not better… What they’re good for In case you’ve lived on the Dark Side of the moon for the past few years, here’s a “news” flash: the Legal Genealogist is not a fan of ethnicity estimates. Those percentages … Continue reading

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A mixed bag for genealogy Let’s get this out of the way up front: The Legal Genealogist has never been much of a fan of 23andMe for genetic genealogy testing. I know there are genealogists who swear by it, and … Continue reading

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The operative words: free and beta There is, we all should know by now, a new sandbox for DNA geeks to play in. It’s called DNA.Land, and it’s a not-for-profit crowd-sourcing research site run by the Erlich and Pickrell labs … Continue reading

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The new kid on the block There’s a new place to play with our DNA results right now. It’s called DNA.Land, it’s at — and that’s a complete address, no dot com or dot org involved, and it’s not … Continue reading

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Enough with the hype You knew it was coming. You knew it was inevitable. You knew that sooner or later somebody was going to come up with the idea of adding that little button somewhere in the vicinity of AncestryDNA’s … Continue reading

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GenealogyInTime’s 2015 list Still wondering if DNA is really part of mainstream genealogy? Wonder no longer. GenealogyInTime Magazine just published its list of Top 100 Genealogy Websites of 2015.1 This is a list that “profiles and ranks the best ancestral … Continue reading

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