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...

Just a theory

The dangers of uncritical acceptance There are some really cool tools to be used these days to help analyze our DNA results up against our genealogical tree research. But there’s a reason why they have names like Theory of Family Relativity (at MyHeritage) or...

Finding Margaret’s mother, part 5

Why not use autosomal DNA Lots of The Legal Genealogist’s readers are helping out with ideas for the Great 2019 Research Caper: putting paid to the genealogical question of “who was the mother of Margaret (Battles) Shew?” Margaret is my 3rd great grandmother....

Advocating genetic data privacy

New Coalition for Genetic Data Protection formed A new coalition of genetic testing companies has been formed focusing on advocacy for genetic data protection. As first reported this past week by The Hill, “Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best...