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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...

Reprise: TNSTAAFL

Genealogically speaking… The Legal Genealogist can usually get through 18 months to two years before the issue heats up to boiling again. But it’s boiling over in some online discussion groups so … once more into the breach… You know what the...

Change at Find A Grave

Not perfect, but it’s a start Find A Grave yesterday announced a new system for the posting of memorials for the “recently deceased” (defined as anyone who has died within the past year) in an effort to give the families some greater opportunity than they have...

About that reunion book…

Our duty to the living It’s family reunion season — apparently big time here in 2021, if The Legal Genealogist’s email is any indicator. We’ve all been locked down for 18 months now, those of us with functioning brain cells are fully vaccinated...

DNA Day 2021

And a new law on forensic DNA Today, April 25, is National DNA Day here in the United States. It’s a day to celebrate “the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953,”1 credited to Cambridge...

Now more than ever

A waiting period, please… It absolutely breaks The Legal Genealogist’s heart. Of all the aspects of this bitter pandemic, the one that hurts the most is the inability to properly grieve those we are losing. We cannot be with them at the end to hold their...

TNSTAAFL

Genealogically speaking… It’s a subject that keeps coming up, over and over, throughout the genealogical community. It’s one that The Legal Genealogist has addressed, more than once, in the past.1 It starts with someone posting an inquiry somewhere...

Giving it away

The law and ethics of donating family materials Two reader questions have just hit The Legal Genealogist’s emailbox presenting opposite sides of the issue when it comes to donating family materials and photos to libraries, archives or other repositories. Reader...

Free webinar: DNA ethics

All day Monday Note: this was supposed to post yesterday. Apologies for the late notice! Legacy Family Tree Webinars is continuing its one-free-webinar-a-day program through the month of May and tomorrow, Monday, May 18th (sigh: today, now, Monday, May 18th), the...

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...