Category Archives: DNA

What test to take It’s a question that packs an emotional punch, no matter how many times The Legal Genealogist hears it. And it came up again yesterday from reader Katie. “Which DNA test do you recommend,” she asked, “if … Continue reading

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DNA holiday sale time! The Legal Genealogist readily admits it. I am a sucker for a DNA sale. Yeah, yeah, yeah, so it’s not Sunday and here I am writing about DNA again. So sue me. It’s a sale, for … Continue reading

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Another Battles match The Legal Genealogist has said it before and will (I devoutly hope) say it again and again: I love cousins. I especially love cousins who are willing to donate just that little bit of themselves that allows … Continue reading

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The good, the bad and the ugly So yesterday was the rollout of the changes in matching systems for folks who’ve had DNA tests at AncestryDNA. And, as usual, there’s good news and bad news in the changes. Enough to … Continue reading

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Y me??? With a second great grandfather like George Washington Cottrell, DNA testing was an obvious choice for The Legal Genealogist. George — my favorite ancestor — is my rogue. My rascal. My family scoundrel.1 And he’s undoubtedly my nemesis. … Continue reading

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Another open letter to my AncestryDNA cousins… Please, please, please, dear cousins. Please share your AncestryDNA autosomal testing data with your cousins. You know. People like me. Yes, I have tested with AncestryDNA. Yes, I know that you and I … Continue reading

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Sometimes we just have to The Legal Genealogist‘s light reading just before setting off for this trip to Oregon for the Genealogical Forum of Oregon’s fall seminar was the current issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly (NGSQ). It’s one … Continue reading

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Linking trees and DNA Big news on the genetic genealogy front today — an announcement from MyHeritage that it has partnered with 23andMe to provide a tie-in between the DNA information of 23andMe and the family trees and matching technology … Continue reading

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Serendipity strikes again So the semi-annual meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® is underway in Salt Lake City and, as is the BCG custom, Board-certified genealogists donated their time yesterday to offer free … Continue reading

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The case of the disappearing “matches” Yes, actually The Legal Genealogist is aware that it isn’t Sunday, so it’s unusual to have a post about DNA appear in this space. But AncestryDNA hosted an informational session with a number of … Continue reading

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