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KEEP THIS MESSAGE IN A SAFE PLACE! It contains resources, guidelines, and instructions that will smooth your way in the future.
The GENEALOGY-DNA mailing list is for anyone with DNA (in short, anyone!) who would like to discuss methods and share results of DNA testing as applied to genealogical research.
It is a violation of GDPR and the FTDNA Rules of Conduct to publish the name of a LIVING PERSON along with their KIT NUMBER and / or their TEST RESULTS.
FTDNA publishes kit numbers and yDNA test results in their public results tables, but not the name of the person who provided the test specimen. For Family Finder and mtDNA the kit numbers are not provided on the semi-public results page. The project administrator does have access to the name / kit number information, but it would be a violation of GDPR and FTDNA's Rules of Conduct to publish the information in any form. This would leave the publisher, in this case the individual, the list admin, RootsWeb, and FTDNA legally liable under GDPR.
For this reason, anyone who publishes the above named private information on the Genealogy-DNA mail list, from any testing company, after the posting of this message to the list, will be removed from the list and permanently banned from the list.
You may publish the ancestral surname along with the kit # and yDNA test results, but not the name of the LIVING PERSON who provided the specimen for the test. For Family Finder and mtDNA testing you are not allowed to publish the name of the LIVING PERSON.
GENEALOGY-DNA is a busy list, typically running over 2,000 messages per month. As a courtesy to all list members, please keep these tips in mind. They are all just good netiquette, but especially important with a high volume list.
1) KEEP YOUR MESSAGES RELEVANT TO GENEALOGY AND ANCESTRY. DNA testing has many other applications in medicine and forensics, to name just a couple of fields. Brief queries or notices of interesting genetic developments in other areas are welcome. However, there are often newsgroups and mailing lists for these topics, and subscribers may be encouraged to move EXTENDED discussions off-list. Likewise, messages with purely genealogical content are best handled on mailing lists dedicated to the surname once you've made the initial contact.
2) MAKE YOUR SUBJECT LINE DESCRIPTIVE, and change it if you change the topic. Many people only have time to scan subject lines and will bypass your message if the subject line doesn't grab them. The more specific the subject line, the better (see item #5 about search techniques).
3) DECIDE WHETHER YOUR REPLY SHOULD GO TO THE WHOLE LIST or the individual poster -- and check if your mailer is sending it where you intend! By default, replies will go to the whole list, but not every e-mail program works the same way. Simple thank-yous should go to the poster, but if you add comments of interest to all, they can go to the whole mailing list.
4) LIMIT QUOTING TO A FEW LINES -- just enough to set the context for your reply. Some e-mail software automatically quotes the entire message below your response, so scroll down and delete as much as possible. Messages are archived, and you can go back and view the entire thread if you wish. In fact, you might wish to browse some old messages in archives right now to get a flavor of the topics we cover:
5) YOU CAN SEARCH THE ARCHIVES to see if a topic has already been covered.
By now, the archives are overflowing with messages, and you may receive a huge number of hits on some keywords. The RootsWeb Review newsletter published an article on search techniques which may help focus your results.
In particular, note the advanced search techniques that limit the number of messages to words which appear in specific fields. For example:
The * is a wild card, and will retrieve messages with surname or surnames. The search yields 137 messages for the year 2003 if limited to the subject field, but 628 messages without the limit. The messages with the words in the subject line should be more targeted to a frequently asked question about what DNA matches with different surnames mean.
This search technique reinforces the value of good subject lines.
6) *YOU* SHAPE THE LIST BY YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. If you have a question, you can be sure there's a lurker who is glad that somebody else spoke up. If no one is discussing your favorite topic, start a new thread.
7) IF YOU HAVE ANY COMPLAINTS about other list members or the way the list is managed, address them to me, Marleen Van Horne, your list administrator. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or GENEALOGY-DNAemail@example.com (the general format for reaching the administrator of any RootsWeb mailing list).
8) ROOTSWEB IS THE HOST, and we as guests should follow the house rules, found at http://www.rootsweb.com/rootsweb/aup.html. One guideline is sometimes the subject of debate: "Content submitted for the purpose of commercial use, advertising or fee for service is prohibited."
Some list administrators interpret this rule to prohibit any mention of companies or commercial products. However, I feel that the GENEALOGY-DNA membership is best served by open discussion of the range of commercial products available. Thus posts ABOUT companies are permitted, with one restriction imposed by RootsWeb: prices should not be mentioned. However, posts BY members with monetary interests are subject to additional guidelines, which I will supply upon request.
9) YOU ARE WRITING FOR POSTERITY. All messages are stored in the archives. This doesn't mean you have to submit polished and eloquent messages, but don't send a missive you might regret after you cool down. Don't post derogatory comments about other list members. You can make your points in a courteous fashion.
10) Last but not least, WE ARE ALL COUSINS.
DNA testing is a new and fascinating but complex field. We are all learning as we go. The list began in October of 2000, so even the old-timers aren't all that old, but when you drop in for the first time, you may blink when you encounter all the jargon.
For a quick overview, take a look at
Charles Kerchner has also prepared an introduction and glossary, along with links to sites of special interest:
The International Society of Genetic Genealogy maintains a list especially aimed at beginners and newcomers:
The free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, has an article on genetic genealogy with links to related topics:
For vocabulary questions, the consolidated dictionary site http://onelook.com is often useful, as well as the Google search for web sites with glossaries, using the operator "define:", for example
define: y chromosome
Also see item #5 above, with tips on search techniques for the mailing list archives.
For in-depth coverage of the topic, there are a number of items listed in the "Books and Videos" section at http://www.genetealogy.com. This site also has links to websites of testing companies and other resources.