Getting started with genetic genealogy is easy: Get a kit, send off your sample, and await the results. But those results can have huge surprises, not only for you, but also for your matches. Judy Russell, the Legal Genealogist, shares some things we need to consider around the ethics of genetic genealogy.
You can watch our interview here:
- We genealogists are much better at dealing with people who have been dead 300 years than we are the living.
- DNA is full of surprises; we must proceed with informed consent.
- One reason people might not respond is that they are reeling from what they have discovered. (I've discussed other reasons why people don't respond to your AncestryDNA messages.)
- There are standards around genetic genealogy. You can find them at GeneticGenealogyStandards.com.
You can find Judy at her website LegalGenealogist.com. Make sure you check out her posts.
If you have taken a DNA test, I suggest watching my interview with Blaine Bettinger, who explained what to do when you first get your results back.