FamilyTreeDNA Encouraging Transfers to Catch Criminals

Recently the genealogical community has been upset by FamilyTreeDNA changing its terms of service, without alerting its customers, to allow law enforcement searches.  The company is now encouraging transfers to its database to catch criminals. The Atlantic and other news outlets have been writing about this new strategy: A DNA Company Wants You to Help… Continue reading FamilyTreeDNA Encouraging Transfers to Catch Criminals

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Insight from Interviewer Terry Gross

Genealogists should interview their relatives to learn more about the past.  Terry Gross is a professional interviewer for NPR's Fresh Air.  Recently she was interviewed by The New York Times.  The article How to Talk to People, According to Terry Gross includes tips about interviewing and general conversation.  I wish it were longer, but it is… Continue reading Insight from Interviewer Terry Gross

New Opt-Out Option for FamilyTreeDNA Law Enforcement Matching

FamilyTreeDNA has made a detailed announcement about the option for customers to opt-out of law enforcement matching, which follows.  To see the option for a kit you manage, log in, click "Manage Personal Information," and click "Privacy & Sharing."  The default for individuals in the United States: Click the slider if you would like to… Continue reading New Opt-Out Option for FamilyTreeDNA Law Enforcement Matching

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Review: The Stranger in My Genes, by Bill Griffeth

This weekend I had the privilege to attend a lecture by Bill Griffeth; CNBC financial journalist, genealogy enthusiast, and author of The Stranger in My Genes; as part of the Silicon Valley Reads events series.  His book describes his journey taking a Y-DNA test that led to the discovery that the father who raised him was… Continue reading Review: The Stranger in My Genes, by Bill Griffeth

RootsTech Recorded Sessions 2019

Many sessions from RootsTech 2019 are now online.  There are 23 sessions on the RootsTech website here.  (I found it non-obvious to navigate to them from the main page, so I'm glad I found the link.)  There are DNA and non-DNA sessions.  Topics include: Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence, by Blaine Bettinger What's New on… Continue reading RootsTech Recorded Sessions 2019