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Promethease promotion

Know before you upload For folks whose primary goal with DNA testing is to get some sort of handle on their overall health situation, Promethease has always been one of the available options and, right now, through the end of the year, it’s offering to provide...

Why is the chair empty?

No autosomal match to YDNA or mtDNA Why oh why doesn’t that YDNA match show up in the list of autosomal matches? And why isn’t that perfect mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) match sitting next to me in the autosomal testing pool? The Legal Genealogist can’t...

The myth of the GD0

Remember the exceptions The issue has just come up again in reader questions about DNA testing for the direct female line and in Facebook threads… so The Legal Genealogist will once again sound the caution: Beware the myth of the mtDNA GD0. That’s a zero...

No excuses!

Test that DNA! Once again the DNA testing companies are giving us — and our cousins — no excuse for not getting that DNA test done. Yes, it’s sale time again, with some brief sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday to start with, and with the...

What’s not in our genes

Celebrating the human condition The message came through loud and clear. Dr. Michael Hammer of the University of Arizona was matter-of-fact in what he said. He didn’t shout. He didn’t even raise his voice. But the message sang out in the conference room at...

Sometimes it gets it right

New AncestryDNA privacy setting Every time AncestryDNA changes something, the naysayers come out in force. Every. Single. Time. If it changes the way it reports something. If it changes its ethnicity results. If it changes its terms of service. And, now, that...

Spread that DNA around

The value of all the databases It’s standard advice no matter what field we’re in. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Whether we’re dealing with investing for retirement, or making other kinds of plans for the future, having all our hopes...

DNA doesn’t lie!

… or does it? It’s one of the most-commonly-repeated statements in genetic genealogy: “DNA doesn’t lie.” It’s usually coupled with: “Families do.” And The Legal Genealogist isn’t going to take on either of those. But — as with...

The 23andMe class action

Opt in or opt out Yes, it really is for real. No, it’s not a scam. Yes, you will need to act to get the maximum benefit from it. “It,” in this case, is the settlement of a class action lawsuit against 23andMe that was handled by way of arbitration through the...

Confirming Isabella

Confirming Isabella Another solid X-match It’s always comforting when the DNA evidence matches the paper trail. Especially when you’ve spent as much time researching a paper trail as The Legal Genealogist has spent on her second great grandmother, Isabella...