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Big steps forward at MyHeritageDNA

Better matching, a chromosome browser The standard advice when it comes to DNA testing has long been the same. Test everybody you can, getting the results into as many databases as you can. The simple reason is that DNA testing — and particularly autosomal DNA...

Up over and down

Strategy for targeted testing Time and again, The Legal Genealogist hears the lament: “I don’t have any male in my line to do a YDNA test!” Or, “I don’t have the right person in that line to do an mtDNA test!” In some cases — many fewer than you...

DNA resolutions for 2018

Starting the New Year off right So here we are on the last Sunday — and last day! — of 2017, and it’s time again for The Legal Genealogist to stop for a minute and take stock on the DNA side of genealogy. It’s the perfect time to stop, and...

2017 top posts: DNA

2017 DNA retrospective Here we are, in the last days of 2017, so it’s time to stop for a moment, and reflect as part of a year-end review. As has been true in other recent years, this has been a pretty amazing year for DNA testing and its use in genealogy. Not...

When DNA isn’t everything

Not every test, not in every case Yesterday, The Legal Genealogist wrote with glee of discovering that a grand uncle believed to have been childless may indeed have left a son.1 Finding possible cousins to chase — particularly, as in this case, cousins in a...

Promethease promotion

Know before you upload For folks whose primary goal with DNA testing is to get some sort of handle on their overall health situation, Promethease has always been one of the available options and, right now, through the end of the year, it’s offering to provide...

Why is the chair empty?

No autosomal match to YDNA or mtDNA Why oh why doesn’t that YDNA match show up in the list of autosomal matches? And why isn’t that perfect mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) match sitting next to me in the autosomal testing pool? The Legal Genealogist can’t...

The myth of the GD0

Remember the exceptions The issue has just come up again in reader questions about DNA testing for the direct female line and in Facebook threads… so The Legal Genealogist will once again sound the caution: Beware the myth of the mtDNA GD0. That’s a zero...

No excuses!

Test that DNA! Once again the DNA testing companies are giving us — and our cousins — no excuse for not getting that DNA test done. Yes, it’s sale time again, with some brief sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday to start with, and with the...

What’s not in our genes

Celebrating the human condition The message came through loud and clear. Dr. Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona was matter-of-fact in what he said. He didn’t shout. He didn’t even raise his voice. But the message sang out in the conference room at...