Into the ring

The language of the law. Part Latin, part Anglo-Saxon, all confusing. It’s mid-way through the GRIP week, and The Legal Genealogist is exhilarated… and tired. I’m a student this week, at least mostly, back in the classroom at the Genealogical...

Advocating genetic data privacy

New Coalition for Genetic Data Protection formed A new coalition of genetic testing companies has been formed focusing on advocacy for genetic data protection. As first reported this past week by The Hill, “Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best...

GEDmatch reverses course

Law enforcement matching now opt-in only Informed consent is the essential underpinning of ethical DNA testing and results-sharing. All persons who test have the right to make their own individual choices about testing and about the uses to which their DNA results...

Withdrawing a recommendation

GEDmatch can no longer be trusted The Legal Genealogist’s love for the third-party DNA tools site GEDmatch has always been clear. Just in the last year, I’ve written about its cool tool to create superkits1 and the switchover from the old platform to the...

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...

Out of the comfort zone

Learn something new in 2019 For anyone who missed the breaking news part of yesterday’s post about Legacy Family Tree Webinars, let The Legal Genealogist repeat it: BREAKING NEWS: And just as this post was getting ready to go out by email, Legacy announced the...

As we write the rules…

For the criminal case sandbox Contacting a family member for assistance in a criminal investigation isn’t a game. People’s lives are changed, potentially for all time, when they learn that a family member — however distant — may be a suspect in...

The rights of the living

Genealogical privacy issues Reader Nanci is thinking about starting a blog about her family history and, as she thought about it, she had a question: “My main question for you is about privacy and the use of names,” she wrote. “I’m not sure if I should just put my...

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...