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Black Friday DNA sales

Act fast for these deals There’s a whole host of Black Friday DNA sales going on today and — in some cases –for the next few days. So if you’re even thinking about diving in or adding onto your cousin pool this year, consider these — and...

Fall 2020 DNA sales

Everybody has a deal Once again, the DNA testing companies are giving us — and our cousins — a reason to go ahead and get that DNA test done. Yes, it’s sale time again, with sales for the American Thanksgiving holiday offered by all the major DNA...

Emphasizing consent

Consent is still consent There seems to be a wee bit of confusion about a line in an announcement by the Board for Certification of Genealogists about a key change in its DNA standards adopted at the Board’s October 2020 meeting. And, of course, since The Legal...

BCG modifies DNA privacy rules

Standard 57 & ethics code amended One of the big issues genealogists have faced in recent years is applying ethical considerations to using DNA in family history. It’s not that ethical issues are anything new: doing family history research has always posed...

Enough with the percentages

FamilyTreeDNA starts rolling out MyOrigins v.3 It’s admixture estimate update time again. And The Legal Genealogist is so relieved. Not because the results are any better than we’ve gotten any other time from any other company. But rather because...

In 2020, still not soup…

Estimates! They’re only estimates! Yes, The Legal Genealogist got the same update in the admixture estimates at Ancestry as everyone else this week. Yes, my estimates changed. No, I’m not going to lose my mind over the fact that I now have no Swedish,...

Eye of newt, and toe of frog

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing,– For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.”...

DNA round-up

A delay and a sale It’s been a busy few days in the DNA world, with an announced delay of a delay in one change at Chilling with AncestryDNA and the launch of a summer sale at Family Tree DNA. The Family Tree DNA sale Meanwhile, over at Family Tree DNA, the...

GEDmatch security breach

Without further comment… From the GEDmatch.com Facebook page: Text of the above image: “On the morning of July 19, GEDmatch experienced a security breach orchestrated through a sophisticated attack on one of our servers via an existing user account. We became...

Chilling with AncestryDNA

Yes, The Legal Genealogist is aware of the upcoming change at AncestryDNA to eliminate the smallest of our small-segment matches. Yes, I’m aware this will mean potentially thousands of matches not showing up any more. And I have some advice about this: Chill....