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Contesting DNA

And the winner is… What might you … and the scientific community … think was the most interesting DNA in the world? That was the question posed first to a panel tasked with deciding which entrants in the plant and animal category would reach the...

With all due respect

Let’s not overstate the case… In legal circles, the phrase “with all due respect” is used to preface a statement or set of statements that can roughly be summarized in two words: “I disagree.” That’s pretty much the reaction...

Reprise: the hands of time

No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her granddaughter Hannah. First published here in 2015 and worth repeating every chance I can get. Since it’s DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be “my...

DNA at NGS 2017

DNA livestreamed and mainstreamed in Raleigh Hundreds of genealogists from across the country and even the world will be descending on Raleigh, North Carolina, this week for the annual conference of the National Genealogical Society. This four-day, multi-track...

Reaching critical mass

The numbers keep climbing One of the keys to success in using DNA for genealogy is luck: having someone else who shares your DNA who’s also tested with the company (or companies) you tested with and who’s willing to connect and collaborate with you on your...

DNA Day sales for 2017

Save money, do good Next Tuesday, April 25th, is National DNA Day. It commemorates two amazing milestones in human genetic history: the discovery in 1953 of the DNA double helix by Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick; and the...

Still not soup

Ethnicity reports are only estimates Here’s a quiz for DNA Sunday: How many people are represented by the DNA results shown below? DNA Result #1: Great Britain 49% Scandinavia 31% Europe East 4% Italy/Greece 4% Europe West 4% Iberian Peninsula 3% European Jewish...

Updated look at GedMatch

Great DNA utility website Even now, five years after The Legal Genealogist was launched and began discussing using DNA for genealogical research, it still is occasionally surprising to find that not everyone is ready, willing and able to test with every DNA company on...