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From: "Orin R. Wells" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] matching site
Date: Sun, 04 Nov 2001 09:20:32 -0800
At 11:30 AM 11/4/01 -0500, wrote:
>A web site could get pretty elaborate if it included genealogical databases
>with dates and locations, which would be desirable in the long run. But in
>the short run, a simple "guestbook" method might be sufficient, allowing
>people to make connections on their own and compare their genealogical charts.
In the long run I think a guest book type of methodology would probably be
ineffective. Actually, it would be best if the users could enter their DNA
patterns directly on the website which would relieve the overseer of the
website of the task of having to re-enter the data for display. A database
into which the marker information would be entered and then easily searched
for matches would be best. Currently the best we can do is run around to
the different websites we know about or can find to see what we can find
one site/sample at a time.
I own and control a web server which has a database and am a software
engineer with all the necessary Web development tools so I could easily set
something like this up if there was enough interest in doing so. I may
have to do this anyway for the Wells study where we will eventually
possibly have hundreds of samples, all focused on Wells of course.
What I envision is a web page that allows you to search for patterns and
view the relevant information including a contact e-mail address to allow
visitors to contact anyone of interest. This may be the individual or it
may be a project coordinator. Another option would bring up a form into
which you would enter the marker information from your report. I would
include all known sampling DNA Loci being used by the various labs,
possibly organized by lab, and you would enter in the ones you have data
for. The surname, geographical location, an e-mail contact, sample code
number from the laboratory, and the sampling laboratory would be required.
The e-mail contact would be used to confirm that the person had indeed
entered the information to prevent some nut case from shoving a bunch of
junk into the database. In the event one does not have an e-mail address,
a second form could come up and require them to enter contact infomation
that would not be available on the website. This might be important anyway
as people tend to change e-mail addresses so often it is difficult to keep
a database of valid e-mail addresses.
If anyone thinks it would be of general interest to do this, please let me
know. If there is enough interest, I will go ahead and do it. I would be
interested in suggestions on other items to add to the site. I should
think links to existing sites that provide content would be preferrable
over duplicating existing work. I am also willing to work with anyone else
who would like to collaborate on such a project, especially someone who can
do graphics <g>.
Let me hear from you.
Orin R. Wells
Wells Family Research Association
P. O. Box 5427
Kent, Washington 98064-5427
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