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...

Using the work of others

Ask, don’t take Once more into the breach, dear friends: Copying someone else’s work without permission is wrong. The Legal Genealogist has sung this song before, more than once,1 but — like the mole in the whack-a-mole game — the issue keeps...

Before we buy that kit…

Think about the ethical rules It’s holiday sale time at the DNA companies, with price breaks on DNA testing kits already underway or soon to begin at most of the testing companies. And with the substantial dropoff in the rate of growth of DNA testing in the...

Hey, Find A Grave…

… it really is time to take action It was two months ago that The Legal Genealogist added this space’s voice to that of others calling for a moratorium on non-family-members posting memorials for the recently-deceased on Find A Grave for at least some time...

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...