GEDmatch reverses course

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their DNA results...

Withdrawing a recommendation

GEDmatch can no longer be trusted The Legal Genealogist’s love for the third-party DNA tools site GEDmatch has always been clear. Just in the last year, I’ve written about its cool tool to create superkits1 and the switchover from the old platform to the...

Happy mtDNA Day!

Mother’s Day 2019 It is and will forever remain one of The Legal Genealogist’s favorite photographs. Six women — a mother and five daughters — who all share my mitochondrial line. From left to right, my aunt Marianne, my aunt Trisha, my...

Keeping that DNA resolution

A research plan for Margaret’s mother Everybody needs a research goal to work towards, and many of us set them in our annual resolutions. And you may recall that The Legal Genealogist’s DNA resolution for 2019 was to finally determine — if it’s...

Superkit Sunday

When kits are combined So The Legal Genealogist finally got a chance to play with a new GEDmatch Genesis tool called the Superkit. And yes, in fact, there are differences between the match lists you get with a Superkit and the match lists you get from an individual...

When you’re not you

The joys of living on the DNA cutting edge It’s a bit disconcerting when your DNA tells you you’re … um … not you. At least, The Legal Genealogist found it to be so this morning. There’s a new Tier 1 utility, you see, at GEDmatch Genesis,...

Opt-out is not informed consent

Outing the unwitting There’s an old adage that may date back — if internet sources are to be believed — as far as Roman times. “It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt.” That’s a lesson that the genealogical community may end up...

New DNA book now available

An advanced guide for DNA researchers And it’s out. Available now on Amazon is a new DNA book edited by Debbie Parker Wayne, CG, CGL, and pulling together a wide variety of authors and subjects focused on advanced DNA issues and techniques. The brand new volume,...

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

From one who isn’t Irish No amount of finagling on behalf of a cousin who dearly wants to be Irish is going to change the facts: The Legal Genealogist isn’t Irish. Scots-Irish, yes. Irish Irish, no. There is not so much as a hint in our family’s...

A good start by FTDNA

An opt-out system for police matching It’s never easy to step back, take a deep breath, and admit you’ve made a mistake. So The Legal Genealogist will give Family Tree DNA full credit for taking the first big move towards stepping up to the plate and doing...