Why Your DNA Matches Aren’t Responding

DNA has unlocked countless genealogical mysteries. Whether it’s a woman learning she has two half sisters or finding a match that helps break down a brick wall, the potential of DNA as a genealogical tool cannot be overstated. So why is it that when we take an AncestryDNA test, our matches don’t respond when we reach out to them?

Why Your DNA Matches Aren't Responding
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The Ethics of Genetic Genealogy: Tips from Judy Russell

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. 

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Let’s Stop Hand Wringing About DNA and Genealogy

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It seems that whenever there is an announcement about a milestone in DNA testing or a news article comes out about a “surprising find” using DNA (or Ancestry starts re-running the “lederhosen and kilt” commercial), there’s a commotion on social media.

To my fellow professionals in the genealogy field, can we please stop wringing our hands about newcomers using DNA?
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