When there’s a DNA test surprise, you may become the bearer of unexpected news about birth relatives, misattributed parentage, or the like. Read this advice from genetic counselor Brianne Kirkpatrick.
DNA ethics and privacy
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.
DNA Testing and Privacy | Ancestry, 23andMe and More
DNA testing privacy concerns at AncestryDNA, 23andMe, FTDNA, MyHeritage, Living DNA and GEDmatch are real. Here’s what’s at stake and how each company handles your genetic data.
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.
DNA Testing, Law Enforcement Access and Privacy
Can law enforcement access AncestryDNA, Family Tree DNA, Living DNA and MyHeritage DNA test results? Here’s where each company stands on law enforcement matching for forensic samples.
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.
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.
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.
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.