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A really useful tool for AncestryDNA No, it really isn’t Sunday — even in the midst of the FGS cruise preparations, The Legal Genealogist isn’t that confused. It’s just that there’s a development at AncestryDNA that ought not to wait … Continue reading

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Not in the mtDNA There are, at this moment, 201 family trees on Ancestry.com that list the man who became The Legal Genealogist‘s third great grandfather as Jacob Elijah Gentry. Of those, 167 are public trees. And 34 private trees. … Continue reading

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Coupons and discounts and sales, oh my… Okay, it’s that time of the genealogical year when some folks (gasp!) are getting distracted from their family history. By little inconsequential details like shopping for back-to-school supplies. Or getting a kid ready … Continue reading

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Serendipity strikes twice It’s always so nice… so very nice… when the genetic evidence lines up with the documentary evidence. Taking the two together, combining the paper trail and the clues hidden in our own genetic code, can provide a … Continue reading

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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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