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Two’s not the charm…

About that “closest” match… It was one of The Legal Genealogist’s goals for 2022: to identify the nearest as-yet-unidentified autosomal DNA match at each of the major testing companies. Solving the first one, at MyHeritage DNA, was easy, thanks...

Mother’s Day 2022

And five generations… It’s Mother’s Day here in the United States. It’s DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist. So what else could I possibly do? Yep. Five generations of mitochondrial DNA, haplogroup H3g. Me. My mother Hazel (Cottrell)...

DNA Day 2022

Celebrating that last eight percent… Tomorrow, April 25, 2022, is National DNA Day here in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate “the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953,”1...

No assumptions!

P1 and P2 are not always the same! So Ancestry launched a new DNA testing feature this week that caused quite a buzz. Called SideView, it gives testers a view of what Ancestry calls “ethnicity inheritance” — the estimated portions of each geopolitical region included...

Ancestry launches SideView

Parents’ admixture without parents tested NOTE as of noon EDT: The Ancestry press release says “Ethnicity inheritance, powered by SideView™ technology, is available now for all AncestryDNA customers.” Um… from what’s being said...

One down…

… three to go It was one of The Legal Genealogist’s goals for 2022: to identify the nearest as-yet-unidentified autosomal DNA match at each of the major testing companies. Including — at MyHeritage DNA — “match JS, a predicted 3rd – 4th cousin...

A decade more

Potential testers in those entries Some said it before the 1950 census was released on Friday. And some others said it after the 1950 census was released on Friday. And The Legal Genealogist doesn’t understand how they could have said it. How can anyone truly...

Thanks for the mtDNA

A gift from Mom… Raised by the women who are stronger than you know A patchwork quilt of memory only women could have sewn The threads were stitched by family hands, protected from the moth By your mother and her mother, the weavers of your cloth. — Mary Chapin...

Vive la difference!

Not sharing all the same DNA A reader of The Legal Genealogist was a bit confused on finding an unexpected DNA result. No, not that kind of unexpected result. The kind of unexpected result that just needs a bit of explaining. Because it’s the kind of unexpected...

The dos and don’ts of DNA

Which services do and don’t allow police access So the multi-day multi-session multi-national megaconference RootsTech drew to a close yesterday afternoon (US eastern time), leaving many of us panting with the sprint to the finish. The Legal Genealogist was...