GEDmatch acquired by forensic firm

DNA database bought by genomics firm linked to law enforcement No, the calendar hasn’t suddenly stopped — or advanced. No, it’s not Sunday, when DNA is the usual topic around The Legal Genealogist. It’s just that there’s major news on the...

Before we buy that kit…

Think about the ethical rules It’s holiday sale time at the DNA companies, with price breaks on DNA testing kits already underway or soon to begin at most of the testing companies. And with the substantial dropoff in the rate of growth of DNA testing in the...

The end is coming

At the Genographic Project The National Geographic Genographic Project is coming to an end. Fifteen years after it launched as a research project to get the first clear scientific view of human biodiversity, the public part of the project is closing down. And that...

More on that warrant…

Some questions answered So last week The Legal Genealogist wrote about the search warrant issued by a local judge in the State of Florida for access to the GEDmatch database in a criminal case. And, at that time, basically all that was known was that a warrant had...

About that warrant…

Why its implications are unclear The genetic genealogy community has been in a tizzy since the disclosure by the New York Times on Tuesday that a Florida judge had issued a search warrant for the GEDmatch DNA database. That warrant — disclosed by a police...

Fall 2019 DNA sales

Saving money on test kits Everybody loves a sale — and genealogists particularly love sales on DNA kits. And the fall sale season is underway for DNA test kits just about everywhere. The sale that ends the soonest is the Halloween sale launched by MyHeritage DNA...

Justice Department issues DNA guidelines

New guidelines emphasize informed consent, notice In an effort to balance the desire to solve crimes with the need to protect individual privacy, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) this week issued interim guidelines to govern — and in some respects...

Not one in a million

… but 96 in a thousand … so far … Doing genealogy right, and particularly integrating DNA into our genealogical research, requires education. The Legal Genealogist insists: this isn’t optional. If we’re to have a prayer of properly using...

MyHeritage expands DNA health holdings

Acquiring Promethease and SNPedia The company name is River Road Bio. It’s a Utah-based company that few genealogists will ever have heard of. And, yesterday, at its conference in Amsterdam, MyHeritage announced it had acquired that company.1 Does The Legal...

Three more days

FTDNA sale extended It’s a three-day weekend, there are ancestors to be found … and The Legal Genealogist has snacks. To say I’ve fallen down the Graumüllers-in-Rüdersdorf rabbit hole is an understatement and a half. Which kind of explains why...