GEDmatch E-mail Update September 16, 2019

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I am not an attorney and any comments I post are not intended, nor should they be construed, as legal advice. If you need legal advice, please consult a legal expert who is familiar with the area of legal expertise you need.

I have not received the e-mail from GEDmatch, but from numerous people who recently received the e-mail, it sounds like it is more likely to turn people off from opting into Law Enforcement than it is to encourage them to opt-in. I don’t have the specific details of the e-mail and I checked my e-mail before typing this post. From what I read on social media, it seems to imply that you should opt-in unless you have something to hide. I am hoping  to receive an e-mail, but it may take a few days. I stayed opted out and switched my kits to Research only after reading

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “The choice that really isn’t,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 22 May 2019).

I have nothing to hide. After seeing too many innocent people in jail because of contaminated DNA DNA evidence and miscarriages of justice – ScienceDirect; original link:, plus the lack of knowledge about DNA from law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges does not instill confidence in the system. It doesn’t matter if it’s a bad, corrupt, incompetent, lazy, apathetic, or overzealous law enforcement or prosecutor that gets you wrongly convicted based on contaminated DNA. I am not a fan of fishing expeditions and I doubt our Founding Fathers would have been had they known the concept when they wrote the Constitution.

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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