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Fall 2021 DNA sales

Everybody has a deal The fall sale season is about to wrap up for the major DNA companies, giving us — and our cousins — a reason to go ahead and get that DNA test done. Soon. Today even. Yep, at least one sale ends today, so… In the order of when...

Silly suit season

Ancestry sued again The Legal Genealogist is going to go out on a limb here and declare that it must officially be silly suit season. Because a lawsuit just filed against Ancestry is really really really silly. Just filed in federal court in southern Illinois, the...

Y we know what we know

William Noel was not a Battles DNA doesn’t always make our research lives easier. It often sends us down really complicated rabbit holes. But, even in a worst case scenario, it can keep us from going down the wrong rabbit hole. Case in point: yesterday on...

Recombining relations

Why we test everyone we can It’s the phrase every single child, ever, hates to hear. The Legal Genealogist sure knows it, and heard it often enough. You know the one. “Why can’t you be more like (fill in the blank with the name of the particular...

Estating the obvious…

We all need a DNA estate plan If there is anything in this world that should be abundantly clear to us all, after 19 months of a global pandemic and nearly five million dead (including 700,000 Americans), it’s that we all need to think about making sure our...

Not soup in 2021 either

About those new percentages… Repeat after The Legal Genealogist: they’re just estimates. Say it again: they’re just estimates. One more time: they’re just estimates. Yes, I got my new estimated admixture estimates from Ancestry on Friday.. Yes,...

Don’t poison that tree

About those small segments… For years, The Genetic Genealogist Blaine T. Bettinger has been warning about the dangers of relying on small shared DNA segments — those chunks of seemingly shared DNA that come in at 5-6-7cM or thereabouts — to draw...

Reconsidering that match

What’s our tree completeness? It happens all the time. We identify a batch of autosomal DNA matches all in the roughly 15-20 centimorgan (cM) range … and they all have the same couple in their tree. Oh boy!! Our most recent common ancestors (MRCA)!!!...

The lure of the sale

Maybe … just maybe … With all the summer DNA sales there have been out there, and the fall and winter sales to come, maybe … just maybe … it’s time to think twice. I know. I know. For The Legal Genealogist not to be begging cousins to...

About those traits…

Me and the Neanderthals So The Legal Genealogist just got around to taking a closer look at some of the “you have genes like (or unlike) the Neanderthals” reports over at 23andMe. Um… right. Just as I wouldn’t take the geoethnic estimates to the bank, I...