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...

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…and the ethical need to follow them NOTE: This blog’s recommendation at any time of GEDmatch has been withdrawn due to privacy issues.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)....