Looking at the alternatives

DNA companies take a stand on police access The news that Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) had allowed law enforcement to submit crime scene samples into its testing database to search for the identities of suspects without a court order has rocked the genealogical community....

The logical fallacy

In response to FTDNA The Legal Genealogist doesn’t usually write about DNA day after day. But I surely will when the issue remains hot — and there are reasons to do so. Today, there are two reasons to do so, both stemming from the disclosure late last week...

A letter from Bennett Greenspan

Read it for yourself: https://mailchi.mp/familytreedna/letter-to-customers Here’s my take: Family Tree is still allowing law enforcement use of its DNA matching services (which provides access to data on thousands of matching customers’ names, emails,...

One little change

Enable us, Family Tree DNA! The furor over the unilateral decision of the genealogical DNA testing company Family Tree DNA to change its terms of service and open its customer database to law enforcement for use in criminal investigations comes down in the final...

Opening the DNA floodgates

FTDNA database now wide open to law enforcement The Legal Genealogist has long been one of the biggest fans of the DNA testing company, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), part of the Gene by Gene companies of Houston, Texas. A company established by genealogists for...

And still not soup…

Ethnicity estimates are still just estimates There’s been a bit of a buzz recently as the DNA testing company 23andMe has updated its ethnicity estimates. For most people — The Legal Genealogist included — the estimates seem to be a bit closer...

Ethics in a time of change

DNA rights and wrongs It’s never easy living in a time of change. Even when we’re convinced, as The Legal Genealogist is convinced, that we’ll come out on the other side stronger and more secure for the experience, going through the minefield of...

DNA resolutions for 2019

Resolved: finding Margaret’s mother No, The Legal Genealogist isn’t giving up on the DNA resolutions of years past. I’m still committed to getting my paper trail in order, not accepting ethnicity estimates as anything more than just estimates, and...

2018 top posts: DNA

2018 DNA retrospective Here we are, in the last days of 2018, so it’s time to stop for a moment, and reflect as part of a year-end review. As has been true in other recent years, this has been a pretty amazing year for DNA testing and its use in genealogy. Not...

Genesis at GEDmatch

System change on the way Batten down the hatches. Change is coming. A big enough change to be called Genesis. And like any big change — any rebirth in fact — there are going to be birthing pains. And it may not be pretty at all. GEDmatch — the...