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Vive la difference!

Not sharing all the same DNA A reader of The Legal Genealogist was a bit confused on finding an unexpected DNA result. No, not that kind of unexpected result. The kind of unexpected result that just needs a bit of explaining. Because it’s the kind of unexpected...

The dos and don’ts of DNA

Which services do and don’t allow police access So the multi-day multi-session multi-national megaconference RootsTech drew to a close yesterday afternoon (US eastern time), leaving many of us panting with the sprint to the finish. The Legal Genealogist was...

Bearing with the DNA news

DNA doesn’t lie There is so much bad news that’s bearing down on everyone these days. So, here on DNA Sunday, The Legal Genealogist insists that you bear down for just a few seconds to absorb what is perhaps a little different take on the news. Because...

Opposite … and not equal

The privacy fight rages on Laws proposed on opposite sides of the country take opposite approaches to law enforcement access to genealogical DNA testing databases. The different proposals point out how genealogical consumers — and even genealogical testing...

Why they’re only clues

… and not carved in stone So in The Legal Genealogist’s abundant spare time this weekend (koff koff), the focus has been on Dorothy (Wiseman) Baker. There are three reasons for this: • First, she was born exactly 257 years ago yesterday, on 5 February...

How far we’ve come

In not quite 12 years It’s hard to believe, sometimes, how short a time it’s been that the genealogical community — The Legal Genealogist included — has had autosomal DNA in our genealogical bag of tricks. It’s such a mainstay of our...

An adage for DNA too

Think basics, not exotics The Legal Genealogist emphasized this basic concept for every-day genealogical research in a post last year. It’s one of the most basic tenets of medicine. When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras. Often ascribed to Dr. Theodore...

A DNA whyne

No, that’s not exactly misspelled… So last week The Legal Genealogist set DNA research goals for 2022: to identify the four closest yet-unidentified autosomal DNA matches, one at each of the four major testing companies. Clocking in at 125 centiMorgans...

The 2022 DNA goals

One identification per company What a difference in just a few short years… It was just 24 years ago — barely one generation in genealogical time — that one of America’s foremost genealogists sadly noted that “DNA testing… is not...

Milestones, 2022

Looking back to 2021, forward to 2022 The very best part of falling headlong into family history research is the stories. Stories in The Legal Genealogist’s family take us back a long way in America on the maternal side and in Germany on the paternal side. Stories...