Artifact testing on its way

MyHeritage to begin testing It’s the Next Big Thing in DNA testing: the ability to extract DNA from artifacts like envelopes and stamps with saliva from relatives who’ve been gone for decades, and extend our DNA research farther into the past than we can...

BCG adopts new DNA standards

To be published & effective in 2019 Without further ado or comment, the following press release comes from the Board for Certification of Genealogists: Board for Certification of Genealogists Adopts Standards for DNA Evidence On 21 October 2018, the Board for the...

Is one clue too much to ask?

Just one hint to Ann’s parents… One of the reasons why The Legal Genealogist is such a fan of DNA testing is the sheer number of “who the heck are the parents of…” open questions in the family tree. It’s bad enough having one-half of my...

Half or full…

Yes, DNA can usually tell the difference It’s one of the most common questions people have about DNA testing. Just this past week two different people wrote in to The Legal Genealogist with some variation on the theme. Can a basic genealogical DNA test tell the...

Tangled DNA threads

Battles and Battles and Shew and Shew and… You have to love it when a new cousin pops up in your DNA results. And then get frustrated as you see the twists and turns that make it impossible to separate out the shared DNA. Case in point: a new cousin appeared in...

New features at DNA Painter

Some are subscription only Jonny Perl’s DNA Painter has proved to be one of the neatest new entries to the DNA toolbox. Grand Prize winner of this year’s RootsTech Innovation Contest, it’s a tool that’s easy. That’s intuitive. And — best of all — that doesn’t...

MyHeritage DNA changes — and deadline

Free uploads to change as of December 1 MyHeritage DNA has announced two changes in its system allowing free uploads of data from other testing companies: it’s accepting data from more tests and there’s a deadline for uploading data and also getting all of...

AncestryDNA ethnicity estimates updated

New percentages rolling out for 10 million customers At 11:59.59 a.m. PDT today, The Legal Genealogist was 49% British, 31% Scandinavian and 20% miscellaneous “low confidence regions.” At noon, I was 66% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe, 19% Germanic Europe,...

Shining a light on the darkness

Busy busy busy The Legal Genealogist hates leaving this space dark and empty as much as loyal readers hate having this space go dark. But sometimes things just get really really busy. Like last week. When I was speaking at the 2018 Federation of Genealogical Societies...

DNA in the mainstream

… and in the livestream At the annual conference of the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) in Fort Wayne five years ago, there were four — count ’em, four — presentations focusing on DNA. Bob McLaren spoke about the basic of DNA testing...