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...

Why chase that mtDNA

Isn’t one perfect match enough? Some of those who’ve been following along with The Legal Genealogist’s quest for a definitive answer to the identity of an elusive fourth great grandmother have had a question. Since there are only two candidates for...

That other DNA

Something else the letters stand for Everyone who reads The Legal Genealogist on a regular basis knows what DNA stands for. It’s deoxyribonucleic acid. One of two types of molecules that encode genetic information.1 But from now on, around here and everywhere...

Finding Margaret’s mother, part 3

Setting up the research tool So The Legal Genealogist is off to put paid to one particular genealogical question this year: who was the mother of Margaret (Battles) Shew? Margaret is my 3rd great grandmother. My line comes down from Margaret’s daughter Martha Louise,...

The choice that really isn’t

GEDmatch opt out is an illusion Dealing with privacy issues when it comes to DNA databases created for genealogical purposes is like trying to nail jello to a tree. Sometimes, just when The Legal Genealogist thinks one thing has been nailed down, something we...

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...