DNA Ethics and Privacy

Is GEDmatch Safe?

Is GEDmatch Safe?

Is GEDmatch safe? I get that question a lot. With your DNA, privacy, security and trust matter. So, what has happened to GEDmatch? Is your data digitally protected? Here are some answers--and alternatives to GEDmatch. I have been here since the beginning of the genetic genealogy world and I have...

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DNA Mystery Match? How to Respond

DNA Mystery Match? How to Respond

“A mystery DNA match messaged me! What do I do now?” Read this great advice on responding to unexpected DNA connections such as unknown birth relatives, written by genetic counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick.

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Racism and DNA

Racism and DNA

Here’s how DNA can help combat racist thinking—along with my thoughts on my family’s journey out of racism and why trying to be “colorblind” doesn’t help.

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Finding Sperm Donor Dads

Finding Sperm Donor Dads

Discovering sperm donor dads through DNA testing is increasingly common—but anonymity was supposed to be part of the deal for donors. It’s one of the complicated possibilities when it comes to discovering DNA relationships.

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Handling Unexpected DNA Connections

Handling Unexpected DNA Connections

Unexpected DNA connections increasingly pop up in DNA match lists in genetic genealogy databases. Here are 3 tips for respecting family privacy while also respecting those searching for biological roots.

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Creating Unique AncestryDNA Accounts

Creating Unique AncestryDNA Accounts

AncestryDNA now requires every test-taker to have an account. For those managing relatives’ DNA tests, it sounds like a pain and maybe a deal-breaker. Here’s why you shouldn’t panic.

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Should a Child Take a DNA Test?

Should a Child Take a DNA Test?

Having your children (or grandchildren) take DNA tests may spark their interest in family history. Just think it through, protect their privacy—and get permission when you’re not the parent.

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