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Understanding genetic distances One of the joys of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see relationships in different ways. One of the downsides of using DNA as a tool for genealogy is having multiple tests available to see...

DNA on sale 2020

For DNA Day and more It’s that time of year again, when folks in the DNA testing community look towards National DNA Day — celebrating two of the most important milestones in the history of human genomic research. April 25 — next Saturday — is...

A follow-up note…

On using today’s technology… Almost as soon as The Legal Genealogist pushed “publish” on yesterday’s blog post, in came The Question. “The Question” in capital letters because it’s the one that should have been anticipated and answered…...

DNA in a time of crisis

Name a DNA beneficiary These are tough times, no doubt about it. And so The Legal Genealogist has to raise a tough question: are you ready if the worst happens with respect to any DNA test you’ve taken or where you manage the results? Do you — and your...

A lesson in numbers

…for the DNA folks Anyone who knows The Legal Genealogist knows that the term “utterly-math-averse” applies, in spades. But the lesson we all have to learn, no matter how hard it is to wrap our heads around it, is that we need to play the odds when we’re...

Opportunity knocking

Time on our hands It’s a strange — even eerie — feeling to be waking up without deadlines. No handouts that urgently need to be finished and sent. No PowerPoints to fine tune. No airports to head towards for this week’s trip to or from a...

Setting the clock

If we could choose the time Here on this day in March 2020 when the United States wreaks havoc with the circadian rhythms of its citizens by setting the clocks forward an hour, the question arose on Facebook: to what time would we set the clocks if we could set them...

All the facts…

…and just the facts For nearly two years, the genealogical community has been rocked by news that the DNA testing databases we use to find cousins and (sigh…) consider if we want to trade our lederhosen for kilts have sometimes been used by law enforcement...

2020 alphabet soup: D is for …

GEDmatch is not opting in the dead The Legal Genealogist doesn’t usually write about DNA except on Sundays, but a quick post is needed today despite the pressures of RootsTech prep. Here it is: GEDmatch is not opting the kits of deceased persons into that part...

What DNA can’t tell us

How families are made It’s a common problem posed to anyone who works with DNA. A test result arrives and the results are a surprise. It turns out that the surname we treasure and are so proud of was very different back just a few generations. Or a man we knew...