The coordinators of the Starr-Stair-Stoehr DNA surname study group
responded to my request and prefer we start our own study group.
This is not the news I hoped to bring!
So... we are in need of volunteer(s) to coordinate the DNA Surname
I cannot undertake coordinating the entire Steer DNA Project. My Mom
has started hospice and things are a bit unpredictable in my life.
The ideal Group Administrator would be our own Jack Steer, but his
health won't permit it at this time.
WHY JOIN a SURNAME PROJECT?
To get the most out of a DNA study, it is best to belong to a surname
-- Save money: there is a discount if one is part of a group.
-- Even better reason: Greater chance of making a connection:
depending on the lab, there is a database for comparisons. You have
access to the other participants' results (if they have chosen to
-- The group study attracts others to join and the more participants,
the more that is learned.
WHAT DOES A COORDINATOR DO?
From what I gather - and I urge potential volunteers to check for
themselves -- being a Surname Project Manager/Coordinator/
Administrator (various terms are used), you need to have a couple
hours a week available for mostly communicating -- and this all
depends on the number of participants who contact you. I would think
a willingness to learn about the DNA process would help.
I have looked mostly at FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA)-- by far the largest
company doing genealogical DNA testing -- bigger than all the others
*combined.* The credentials of the lab appear to be the highest
order. This is the lab chosen for the National Geographic (Society)'s
Genographic Project, which you may have read about:
An advantage of going with a large lab with established credentials
is that small labs could go out of business or get swallowed up. For
instance, Relative Genetics in the last few days announced it is
being taken over by Ancestry.com
and there is some confusion as to
what happens with their surname projects, etc.
STARTING A PROJECT:
From the FTDNA website (http://www.ftdna.com/surname.aspx
Here are the elements necessary to start a project:
We understand that there are situations when a project could and
should be started with any number of members, and we are flexible to
accommodate those situations. You are welcome to e-mail us with your
questions about starting a Project with any number of participants.
Choose a Group Administrator who will handle the data management of
your Project. The Group Administrator will be Family Tree DNA's
direct link to your project.
The Group Administrator will have access to a secure page where your
project's status is updated daily. Family Tree DNA will distribute
legal release forms allowing for the sharing of the test results with
the Group Administrator. Test kits and payments may be submitted
individually or as a group to FTDNA for processing.
Test results will be returned to the Group Administrator as they are
received by the office. Each participant will also receive a
certificate and report containing their personal test results. The
staff of FTDNA will help you interpret the meaning of your test results.
FTDNA will consult with you on the minimum number of test takers you
will need to reconstruct your family tree depending upon how many
branches of your family will participate in the project.
To receive more information about how to start your own Surname or
Lineage project or a Geographical based Project, please e-mail to DNA
MORE DETAILS re GROUP ADMINISTRATOR DUTIES :
I found a page telling a Group Administrator what to do once they
sign onto their GAP (Group Administrator Page), so this gives one an
idea of the 'maintenance' duties as a liaison with the lab :
Item 6 on the following page particularly impressed me:
How far will the company go in helping me understand my results?
So.... are there any volunteers to create the Steer DNA Project?
Co-Administrators are possible.... In fact, co-administrators would
probably be preferable.