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Term of the day: haplogroup

Term of the day Back on the road: tomorrow sounds the opening bell for the 2017 Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy — and a whole mess of lectures and presentations in five days. But The Legal Genealogist can’t allow her faithful readers to suffer the pangs...

DNA basics for a sound foundation

Building a sturdy genetic genealogy house If we want to build a sturdy house, we have to have a sound foundation. It’s that sound foundation on which everything else is built: the walls, the floors, the roof all depend on having a sound foundation. So when we...

DNA testing for adoptees: 2017

Fish in all the ponds There isn’t a week that goes by that the question doesn’t come in to The Legal Genealogist. “I am adopted,” the question begins. Or, perhaps, “I don’t know who one of my parents is.” And, the question continues, “can DNA testing...

DNA resolutions for 2017

Starting the New Year off right So here we are on the first Sunday — and first day! — of 2017, and it’s time again for The Legal Genealogist to stop for a minute and take stock on the DNA side of genealogy. It’s the perfect time to stop, and...

2016 top posts: DNA

2016 DNA retrospective Here we are, in the last days of 2016, 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...

Two must-read posts

A look at DNA through other eyes This Sunday blog is where The Legal Genealogist shares thoughts about using the cool tool of DNA in genealogical research. This year, for example, I’ve shared my thoughts about those ethnicity percentages, and why you can’t...

Read the fine print

Read the fine print What do we give up in DNA privacy? There isn’t a day that goes by at The Legal Genealogist without at least one person asking about DNA testing: “What test should I take?” “What’s the best test for…?” “Which test if I wanted to...

Before you gift

Think DNA ethics ‘Tis the season to be jolly… and to give gifts to family members and friends. For those who, like The Legal Genealogist, are fans of genetic genealogy, that may mean thinking about buying and giving DNA test kits to kith and kin this...

And more DNA doings

New tools and another sale There are more and faster developments in the DNA world than ever before, these days. It seems like hardly a day goes by — and certainly never a week that goes by — without some new tool or concept or both being available to help...

That other health option

Using Promethease There isn’t a week that goes by that The Legal Genealogist doesn’t get the question from a reader somewhere. It’s usually someone dealing with an unknown parentage situation, but not always. And the question is very simple: “how do...