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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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Why David and not Dorothy? AncestryDNA has taken the position from the very beginning that individual users of its DNA product don’t need certain information. We don’t, it contends, need to know what segments of DNA we might share with … Continue reading

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Case shows limits of familial DNA At first blush, it seems alarming: DNA contributed as part of a genetic genealogy program being used by the police to track down a murder suspect. Hardly the use we expect when we do … Continue reading

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What DNA can tell us Every so often, even those of us who work with DNA test results on a regular basis are just astounded, not just by what DNA can do … but even more by what stories it … Continue reading

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Those dratted ethnicity percentages It’s a question that just won’t go away. No matter how many times The Legal Genealogist warns — and most others interested in genetic genealogy agree — that the ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing companies … Continue reading

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The conference news It’s an exciting time to be a genetic genealogist. The DNA world continues to develop and evolve and nowhere was that more evident than in Salt Lake City this past week as announcement after announcement came from … Continue reading

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It’s a brave new world out there Those genealogists who, like The Legal Genealogist, use DNA testing as part of our family history research often have to answer questions from our cousins about the way their DNA test results can … Continue reading

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Making the most of your 2015 DNA testing dollars In 2012, The Legal Genealogist led off a Sunday DNA blog by asking “how do you get the most bang for the DNA buck?”1 That was followed up in 2013 with … Continue reading

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Ask first So last week the question posed to The Legal Genealogist was whether the cousin who had paid for a DNA test should share the results with the cousin who took the DNA test. The no-brainer answer is yes.1 … Continue reading

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