Thanks to the FHL

… and you can join in Every year, around the time of its Board of Trustees meeting in Salt Lake City in October, the Board for Certification of Genealogists does something special. It says “thank you” to the Family History Library and its staff for everything...

Put the cellphone down!

Listen to the speaker instead It happened again last week at the New York State Family History Conference. The rules of the conference were crystal clear: no photographing the slides without the express consent of the speaker (note: and this post intends no criticism...

The rules of DNA testing

…and the ethical need to follow them NOTE: This blog’s recommendation at any time of GEDmatch has been withdrawn due to privacy issues. See “Withdrawing a recommendation,” The Legal Genealogist (https://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog : posted 15 May 2019)....

Ethicists and others weigh in

And raise questions that need answers The disclosure earlier this year that a DNA database used almost exclusively by genealogists to help answer family history questions had been used by law enforcement to solve a cold murder case has sparked a continuing — and...

It’s not for us to choose

When the DNA results are not what was expected… The question came in again this past week, as it has so many times in recent years. A genealogist had asked others in the family to test to further the genealogist’s own research. When the results came in,...

Robbing from the dead

Ask, don’t just take It was one of those obituaries that a genealogist just loves to read. “I was born,” it began. “I blinked and it was over.” Beautifully written by Emily DeBrayda Fisher Phillips, who died in Florida in 2015 just 28 days after being diagnosed...

When you ask…

Testing others’ DNA The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will say it again… and again… and again… The hallmark of ethical genealogy is the utmost respect for the privacy of living people and the disclosure of information about living...

The bull in the DNA china shop

Initial thoughts on the Golden State Killer case The past few days have been tough ones for those genealogists who — like The Legal Genealogist — love the ability to integrate DNA results into family history. It’s been even tougher for those of us...

Sometimes it gets it right

New AncestryDNA privacy setting Every time AncestryDNA changes something, the naysayers come out in force. Every. Single. Time. If it changes the way it reports something. If it changes its ethnicity results. If it changes its terms of service. And, now, that...