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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Fight the fee hikes

Speak out on proposed USCIS rule Two weeks left. That’s all the time there is to speak out against a proposed rule by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that will raise the fees for genealogical records by nearly 500%. The deadline for comments on the...

A likely candidate

A daughter for Boston Shew Boston Shew is The Legal Genealogist’s fourth great grandfather… and the source of a whole raft of the family’s mysteries. He was born around 1790 in North Carolina.1 He took out a marriage bond in Wilkes County in October...

Choosing number 35

Nominations sought for NGS Hall of Fame Thirty four times, the genealogical community has honored one of our best, one that we’ve lost. Thirty four times, the focus has been on someone who has made contributions to the field of genealogy that were of lasting...