Ethics in a time of change

DNA rights and wrongs It’s never easy living in a time of change. Even when we’re convinced, as The Legal Genealogist is convinced, that we’ll come out on the other side stronger and more secure for the experience, going through the minefield of...

DNA resolutions for 2019

Resolved: finding Margaret’s mother No, The Legal Genealogist isn’t giving up on the DNA resolutions of years past. I’m still committed to getting my paper trail in order, not accepting ethnicity estimates as anything more than just estimates, and...

2018 top posts: DNA

2018 DNA retrospective Here we are, in the last days of 2018, so it’s time to stop for a moment, and reflect as part of a year-end review. As has been true in other recent years, this has been a pretty amazing year for DNA testing and its use in genealogy. Not...

Genesis at GEDmatch

System change on the way Batten down the hatches. Change is coming. A big enough change to be called Genesis. And like any big change — any rebirth in fact — there are going to be birthing pains. And it may not be pretty at all. GEDmatch — the...

Read before use!

Stop. Evaluate. Consider. Almost every day, it seems, there are new toys — er, new tools — available to help us understand, analyze and use our DNA results. DNA Painter with its wonderful ability to help visualize segment data. Genetic Affairs with its...

As we write the rules…

For the criminal case sandbox Contacting a family member for assistance in a criminal investigation isn’t a game. People’s lives are changed, potentially for all time, when they learn that a family member — however distant — may be a suspect in...

Forty-eight hours or less…

Clock ticking to deadlines Do you remember the television public service announcements where the announcer sternly inquired: “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are?” Typically, they ran before the nightly news, and Wikipedia informs us that they were...

Thanksgiving DNA sales 2018

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 sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA companies....

Artifact testing on its way

MyHeritage to begin testing It’s the Next Big Thing in DNA testing: the ability to extract DNA from artifacts like envelopes and stamps with saliva from relatives who’ve been gone for decades, and extend our DNA research farther into the past than we can...

BCG adopts new DNA standards

To be published & effective in 2019 Without further ado or comment, the following press release comes from the Board for Certification of Genealogists: Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence On 21 October 2018, the Board for the...