DNA round-up

A delay and a sale It’s been a busy few days in the DNA world, with an announced delay of a delay in one change at Chilling with AncestryDNA and the launch of a summer sale at Family Tree DNA. The Family Tree DNA sale Meanwhile, over at Family Tree DNA, the...

Lessons learned…

About that transient web It’s a resource The Legal Genealogist has consulted dozens of times. Put together by a researcher named George Baumbach, it’s entitled Colonial Pettypool-Poole-P’Pool Families, and it sets out a vast array of known...

GEDmatch security breach

Without further comment… From the GEDmatch.com Facebook page: Text of the above image: “On the morning of July 19, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account. We became...

Chilling with AncestryDNA

Yes, The Legal Genealogist is aware of the upcoming change at AncestryDNA to eliminate the smallest of our small-segment matches. Yes, I’m aware this will mean potentially thousands of matches not showing up any more. And I have some advice about this: Chill....

Those local values

Still love that mouse! Just a couple of days ago, a Facebook post asked if genealogists belonged to local genealogical societies any more. The Legal Genealogist sure does. Local societies support records access and preservation efforts in just about all of the areas...

Copyrighting that photo

Not just a matter of owning the thing A reader has a great copyright question: “How about a very old photo, from about 1908, that was never published as far as I know, and does not include any info about who the photographer was or who the subjects (several men) were....

Finding sisters

Tests and ethics Reader Andrea and her sister have discovered that their father left at least one other daughter by another relationship. They’d like to know for sure, and wonder what test they should take and what ethical considerations they might want to...

The child who never was

Another cousin lost and found It is more the norm than the exception for The Legal Genealogist. Whenever I turn my attention to my father’s German side of the family tree, the discoveries I make are those of loss. My father was himself the only surviving child...

Maybe in our genes???

A genetic link to a virus susceptibility? Oy. Just what we needed. If the facts about COVID-19 weren’t bad enough, we now discover some of the risk factors may be in our genes. Yes, indeedy, if you’ve taken a DNA test for genealogy, you too may be able to...