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Estate planning for DNA

Designate a beneficiary “Test the oldest generation first” is the standard advice everyone — The Legal Genealogist included — gives when it comes to DNA testing. It only makes sense, particularly in the context of autosomal DNA testing, when every...

The truth will out

Before the now-adult child tests “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” — Edward Fitzgerald, Omar Khayyám There is one unavoidable...

Whence the DNA differences?

Why results aren’t always the same Reader Michelle Schohn found herself confronting a fairly common conundrum with her autosomal DNA test results. “I took DNA tests in 23andme and Ancestry, and uploaded the results to gedmatch.com,” she wrote. “The tests are not...

That YDNA lament

No matches? No testers! It’s a common complaint in one very common group: “I don’t have any close YDNA matches!” The speaker in this case, as in so many cases, is German-American. Roughly one in seven Americans has some German ancestry,1 though a far...

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...