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GEDmatch acquired by forensic firm

DNA database bought by genomics firm linked to law enforcement No, the calendar hasn't suddenly stopped -- or advanced. No, it's not Sunday, when DNA is the usual topic around The Legal Genealogist. It's just that there's major news on the GEDmatch front, and it ought...

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It’s official!

FHDU presenter The Legal Genealogist is beyond thrilled to be able to confirm it -- it's official now. I'll be returning to Australia in March 2021 to be one of the presenter team at Family History Down Under, a multi-day-multi-track event sponsored by Unlock the Past...

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Before we buy that kit…

Think about the ethical rules It's holiday sale time at the DNA companies, with price breaks on DNA testing kits already underway or soon to begin at most of the testing companies. And with the substantial dropoff in the rate of growth of DNA testing in the...

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When there’s no-one to ask

Who is that valentine Peggy? There is very little that frustrates a genealogist more than having a burning question ... and no-one to ask. The Legal Genealogist knows that feeling only too well. And got hit with it again last night. I was going through my baby box --...

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The records of freedom

Not from the proclamation It wasn't the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the enslaved population of the United States. Oh, that helped, for sure, but it was effective only in the states then in rebellion -- in other words, in the Confederacy. The exact language of...

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