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Lost and found at FTDNA

Looking at the cousin match changes Three weeks ago, Family Tree DNA began rolling out a number of changes, many of which greatly impacted its cousin-matching algorithm for its autosomal Family Finder test. It took a bit longer than the company expected, as glitches...

The separations

In life and in death It is perhaps something only a genealogist would notice. But it is still something ineffably sad. The separations of a babe from her mother, in life and in death. She rests with her paternal grandparents in the Mobridge, South Dakota, City...

Snippets 2021 v.5

That exceptional administrator A week of law. Almost a week of African-American research. A week of DNA. A week of federal records. Heading into a week of methodology. Oh, and don’t forget the more than a week of the Germans. It’s institute season, plus a...

Dotting the Ms

Chasing George … again… Every so often, The Legal Genealogist’s attention gets focused on George. You remember George. My nemesis scoundrel second great grandfather whose genetic makeup apparently never included anything vaguely resembling a gene for...

Snippets 2021 v.4

A don’t-miss webinar… It’s institute season here at The Legal Genealogist — a busy time, indeed. When I’m not teaching genealogy courses in one institute, I’m taking a course at another (this will be a full week of advanced DNA with...

Snippets 2021 v.3

About those guardians… It’s institute season here at The Legal Genealogist — which means busy times! When I’m not teaching genealogy courses in one institute, I’m doing it at another, or at a conference, like today and tomorrow in...

Snippets 2021 v.2

RootsTech 2022 stays virtual The Legal Genealogist is now fully into institute season — teaching at genealogical institutes all over. Today, it’s one of my favorites — the Midwest African American Genealogy Institute (MAAGI). On tough topics like...

Time for FTDNA’s change

And time needed for it, too It’s time for a very big change at Family Tree DNA, which is rolling out major changes in its website, its matching algorithms and more. And it’s going to take time for the changes to all filter through. In other words, the...

One hundred years ago Monday

Not enough water under the bridge Monday will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. And there is so much good that came from that event. Eight children. Thirteen grandchildren. Eleven great grandchildren — so far. And there is so much on the other side of...