Category Archives: DNA

Overreaction It was probably inevitable the moment the very first headline appeared online, inaccurately accusing Ancestry of handing over DNA data without a court order. That never happened, but the mere accusation that it did was enough. And the entire … Continue reading

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No words needed This is, by far, The Legal Genealogist‘s favorite photograph, ever. My mother and her granddaughter Hannah. Since it’s DNA Sunday, the subtitle can be “my mitochondrial DNA…” Happy Mother’s Day.

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Reporting DNA issues accurately In genealogy, we get this point: facts matter. In genealogy, the point shouldn’t have to be repeated: facts matter. And in genetic genealogy, the point really shouldn’t have to be repeated: facts matter. Particularly when the … Continue reading

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Now get your testing done Exactly 62 years ago yesterday, 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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DNA as mainstream genealogy Is there any possibility — any chance at all — that DNA is not mainstream genealogy these days? Um… No. It’s here, it’s here to stay, and it’s here in force. And if you had any … Continue reading

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Not yet… AncestryDNA launched its new feature, New Ancestor Discoveries, this week, and the pixels had barely started showing up on our screens before the outcry began. The theory here is that AncestryDNA can take your DNA and compare it … Continue reading

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Why David and not Dorothy? AncestryDNA has taken the position from the very beginning that individual users of its DNA product don’t need certain information. We don’t, it contends, need to know what segments of DNA we might share with … Continue reading

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Case shows limits of familial DNA At first blush, it seems alarming: DNA contributed as part of a genetic genealogy program being used by the police to track down a murder suspect. Hardly the use we expect when we do … Continue reading

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What DNA can tell us Every so often, even those of us who work with DNA test results on a regular basis are just astounded, not just by what DNA can do … but even more by what stories it … Continue reading

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Those dratted ethnicity percentages It’s a question that just won’t go away. No matter how many times The Legal Genealogist warns — and most others interested in genetic genealogy agree — that the ethnicity estimates provided by DNA testing companies … Continue reading

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