Category Archives: DNA

Not happy with the AncestryDNA deal? The announcement came in just about a week ago, that AncestryDNA had finally begun to do what The Legal Genealogist and many others have long expected it would do: monetize its huge and fast-growing … Continue reading

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Test them all! The one thing that is abundantly clear is that understanding DNA testing and the way it can be used in genealogy is tough stuff. We have to understand what kinds of DNA tests there are. We have … Continue reading

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AncestryDNA hits the million mark No, actually, it isn’t Sunday, when The Legal Genealogist usually writes about DNA. But today’s announcement from AncestryDNA1 really shouldn’t wait. Not the part of the announcement that talks about AncestryHealth. Frankly, I have some … Continue reading

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Continental level information We all know by now … or we should know by now … that the admixture percentages reported by the genealogy DNA testing companies are really rather awful at the level where we really want the information: … Continue reading

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A sale and privacy changes AncestryDNA has two things going on that genealogists need to know about this fine Sunday morning. A sale. And some changes in the privacy terms and conditions that users have to go along with if … Continue reading

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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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