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...

2018 DNA summer sales

Summer sales underway It’s Christmas in August again, with presents from the DNA testing companies. Yep. It’s summer sale time again, and the offerings are pretty darned good. For the basic autosomal tests — the tests that look at the kind of DNA we...

The rules of DNA testing

…and the ethical need to follow them Only someone who’s been living in the north woods without electricity or cellphone service can be unaware at this point in 2018 that law enforcement is intensely interested in using our genealogical DNA test results as...

Ethicists and others weigh in

And raise questions that need answers The disclosure earlier this year that a DNA database used almost exclusively by genealogists to help answer family history questions had been used by law enforcement to solve a cold murder case has sparked a continuing — and...

One more day to be heard

DNA standards comment period ends tomorrow Tomorrow, the 23rd of July 2018, is the deadline. And it’s important that your voice be heard. What deadline, you ask? The deadline for comments on proposed DNA standards under consideration for adoption by the Board...

Calling all (documented) Faures!

Need a documented male from Manakin Town The Legal Genealogist can’t resist trying this one more time. After all, I’m right here in South Carolina, just down the road from where my third great grandfather Jesse Fore enlisted in the South Carolina Militia...