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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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How to begin with DNA testing Reader Elizabeth and her half-brother share a mystery parent: a father who was absent from their lives and about whom they know next to nothing. And when Elizabeth finally found that birth father as … Continue reading

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One step closer Let there be no question about one fundamental fact: The Legal Genealogist loves cousins. First, second, third, fourth, doesn’t matter one bit, as long as (a) they are willing to donate just a little tiny bit of … Continue reading

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Making the most of your 2014 DNA testing dollars In 2012, The Legal Genealogist led off a Sunday DNA blog by asking “how do you get the most bang for the DNA buck?”1 And then followed that up last year … Continue reading

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Questions and answers about mitochondrial DNA Q. So why an mtDNA Q&A today anyway? A. Because there’s a major sale going on — a March Madness sale — at Family Tree DNA that ends at 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, … Continue reading

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Limited time mtDNA sale No, it isn’t Sunday. Really, it’s not. And, yes, The Legal Genealogist usually only writes about DNA on Sundays. But there have to be exceptions in exceptional cases. Such as when there’s a huge sale that … Continue reading

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The Wright Battles connection Poor little mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). The red-headed foster stepchild of the DNA testing world. Nowhere near as easy and obvious a genealogical tool as YDNA. Nowhere near as glamorous and enthusiasm-gathering as autosomal DNA. So often … Continue reading

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