Archiver > GENEALOGY-DNA > 2002-12 > 1040362149

From: "Bailey" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Why have test privacy
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 23:30:48 -0600
In-Reply-To: <006c01c2a7da$2b9bdfe0$0100a8c0@OLDMARTIN>


I agree with you...and do post my genealogy files of my ancestors online at
Roots Web
worldconnect but living folks have no first names and their personal vitae
is not displayed.. I also believe that free sites with free access are
the only way to go....and that is why we use ROOTS WEB.

And that if we all join forces together and request Roots Web to set up a
database to enter your Y chromosome markers or mtDNA information keyed by
surname and/or location and/or lineage, then I think that this information
will become "public" for everyone on the internet.. I think we should push
for this database to be setup in the Roots Web public domain... And I
to be one of the first folks to enter our LOWE DNA markers there.


Bill Bailey, San Antonio, Texas, 78258

-----Original Message-----
From: Kay Martin [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 9:45 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Why have test privacy

Oh but Bill! :-)

Do you really want someone else "protecting" you from information about your
family? I sure don't! If it's out there and someone else has that
information, I do hope they will share it with me! About anything.
Admittedly, I like the horse thieves the best, but way beyond that, it's MY
information. It's not up to anybody else to protect me from it.

When I was active with the Melungeon group a librarian told us about a
situation she had once. A professional genealogist was doing research for
someone and found African American ancestry. She assumed that they would not
want to know that and so told the people that all the records had been
destroyed and she nor anyone else could ever trace their family. What a
terrible disservice to those people! They will never know about their
ancestors because of that "professional" and her judgment call. Isn't an
unknown adoption the same thing? To not tell someone... a descendant of the
adopted person (I would never tell an adoptee themselves, altho I'd sure
encourage their parents to do so)... that's robbing them of their ancestors

Off the soap box. Happy Holidays!


----- Original Message -----
From: Bailey
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:47 PM
Subject: RE: [DNA] Why have test privacy


Years ago my wife called a Stephens cousin on the phone....This lady
had no knowledge that her grandmother was a Stephens as the grandmother
had been adopted out at 2-3 years of age in eastern Kansas... My wife
thought her parents had told her about her Stephens
imagine the lady's consternation at my wife's phone call.... When she
learned the truth, then they visited back and forth... Note that Kansas
still has these adoptions records locked up after almost 100 years and
tell us only a judge can open these records......

Many times, it is wise to keep DNA results private in cases of adoption
until that person has seen the results and understands that their
DNA is different because of an parent or grandparent adoption....


-----Original Message-----
From: Mark and Gary [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 8:26 PM
Subject: [DNA] Why have test privacy

Nameless DNA test results are posted on many web sites without saying how
that DNA links to certain ancestors.

Why do people want privacy? What is the downside? Why keep DNA tested
families private. Isn't the purpose of DNA is to see who links to whom.
Why the charade on so many web sites.

I can see why some companies might want to control the DNA test so they
become a fee-for-looking database, but why should we, who are tested, care
to keep our DNA tests private?


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