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DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy with Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, The Legal Genealogist

December 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0

: The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Washington (JGSGW) will present “DNA and the Golden Rule: The Law and Ethics of Genetic Genealogy”, taking place at Beth El Hebrew Congregation in Alexandria, VA, on December 9, 2018, at 1:30 PM.
Whose permission is needed to test a child or an adult unable to consent? Who owns our DNA? What about the police using the results? What can we disclose about a cousin who has tested? The rules of the road for the ethical challenges facing genealogists interested in using DNA evidence as part of their family history research. Learn how applying the Golden Rule can guide us through many if not most of the situations in which we as genetic genealogists find ourselves.
The Legal Genealogist Judy G. Russell is a genealogist with a law degree who writes and lectures on topics ranging from using court records in family history to understanding DNA testing. On the faculty of numerous genealogy institutes, she is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Board for Certification of Genealogists®, from which she holds credentials as a Certified Genealogist® and Certified Genealogical Lecturer℠. Her award-winning blog is at
JGSGW Guest Attendance Policy
A non-member may attend the monthly JGSGW meeting as a Guest for a $5.00 fee payable at the sign-in table. The $5.00 Guest fee may be applied toward payment of annual JGSGW membership dues if dues are paid at the same meeting at which the guest fee was paid. JGSGW members requiring personal assistance at a meeting due to a health condition or disability may bring someone to assist them free of charge.


December 9, 2018
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm UTC+0


Beth El Hebrew Congregation
3830 Seminary Road
Alexandria, VA 22304 United States
(703) 370-9400
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