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Show-and-tell for DNA info If there’s one thing people complain about, over and over, it’s that figuring out how to really use DNA testing in genealogy is hard. And they’re right. The Legal Genealogist agrees 100%. It is hard. And … Continue reading

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Paternal DNA Once again, it’s Father’s Day and DNA Sunday here at The Legal Genealogist … so how better to celebrate the day than to give the men in my direct paternal line the gift of more information on their … Continue reading

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DNA samples will be destroyed Last week, Ancestry announced that it was discontinuing two types of DNA tests — the YDNA test (the male line testing of the DNA passed from father to son to son and so on) and … Continue reading

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Preserving the evidence “Family history is in our DNA,” reads the ad at AncestryDNA’s website. “What’s in yours?” Anyone who has paid attention to the DNA offerings at in recent months couldn’t have been surprised by the announcement this … Continue reading

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The genetic one, that is… One of the very best things about genealogy is having a genealogy buddy: someone who shares the passion and — if you’re very very lucky — an awful lot of your genes. The Legal Genealogist … Continue reading

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DNA education It’s probably the one thing The Legal Genealogist hears most often about DNA testing and its use in genealogy. The frustrated wails. “It’s too complicated.” “I’m not a scientist.” “I don’t understand.” All of which I do understand. … Continue reading

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And maybe never The Legal Genealogist wants everyone who’s ever taken a DNA test that provides a set of ethnicity or admixture estimate percentages to repeat after me: “It’s not soup yet.”1 And it may never be. So… while I … Continue reading

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DNA and ethical standards In December 2013, co-editors Thomas W. Jones and Melinde Lutz Byrne of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly lamented in an editorial that: When genealogists began to apply DNA test results to family history, they had the … Continue reading

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Don’t forget the sales Mitochondrial DNA is on The Legal Genealogist‘s mind this morning. Because sitting across the coffee table from me is a representative of my mitochondrial line — my brother, who shares the same mtDNA that our mother … Continue reading

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Now get your testing done Exactly 61 years ago today, Cambridge University scientists James D. Watson and Frances H.C. Crick announced they were sure that the structure of DNA was the double helix — an event “considered by many to … Continue reading

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