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...

Tree charts for all

Available on DNA Painter to non-subscribers Okay, okay, so The Legal Genealogist jumped the gun a little. Back in July, I wrote about a cool new tool from DNA Painter that allows us to create a family tree — including by way of uploading a GEDCOM file —...

The gift

That keeps on giving… A family member The Legal Genealogist will call DFC first provided a YDNA sample in 2008, and had his autosomal DNA tested for the first time in 2010 when the test first became available. Since the 9th of July 2019, he has had 106 matches...

Equal opportunity DNA criticism

Don’t take ThruLines as gospel either So a couple of weeks ago The Legal Genealogist focused on the dangers of uncritical acceptance of the automated systems at the DNA testing companies that link us to possible/proposed ancestors by showing how one suggested...

Filling in the blanks

Measuring tree completeness One of the single most important factors in determining the likelihood that somebody we match as a DNA cousin matches us in a particular way is tree completeness. That’s the degree to which we — and our match — have...