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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....

Finding sisters

Tests and ethics Reader Andrea and her sister have discovered that their father left at least one other daughter by another relationship. They’d like to know for sure, and wonder what test they should take and what ethical considerations they might want to...

Maybe in our genes???

A genetic link to a virus susceptibility? Oy. Just what we needed. If the facts about COVID-19 weren’t bad enough, we now discover some of the risk factors may be in our genes. Yes, indeedy, if you’ve taken a DNA test for genealogy, you too may be able to...

Free webinar: DNA ethics

All day Monday Note: this was supposed to post yesterday. Apologies for the late notice! Legacy Family Tree Webinars is continuing its one-free-webinar-a-day program through the month of May and tomorrow, Monday, May 18th (sigh: today, now, Monday, May 18th), the...

Happy mtDNA Day 2020!

Mother’s Day 2020 Every last one of the people in this photo shares mitochondrial DNA with The Legal Genealogist: Front row (L-R): my aunt Cladyne; my mother Hazel, called Totsy; my grandmother, called Mama Clay; my aunt Carol; my aunt Marianne; and my aunt Trisha....