GENEALOGY-DNA-L ArchivesArchiver > GENEALOGY-DNA > 2006-02 > 1139240849
From: "William Hurst" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Databases
Date: Mon, 6 Feb 2006 10:47:29 -0500
References: <000001c62ab5$0fe79440$4201a8c0@BigMem2> <000801c62ab9$f2c87e60$bec79045@Ken1> <43E764CD.firstname.lastname@example.org> <000601c62b31$c18e05e0$bec79045@Ken1>
> Actually, I believe no haplogroup tag is better than Ysearch's
> self-estimated or company-estimated haplogroup tags which are just another
> error source to get in the way.
Ken, FTDNA and other companies don't estimate haplogroups for the benefit of
or detriment to your excellent data-mining work. They do the estimates for
the benefit of their customers. They are usually right. All the information
in hand-entered Ysearch and mitosearch entries are subject to errors, not
just haplogroups. Would you rather that non-FTDNA customers, who have to
enter data by hand, be prohibited from adding to these databases?
Would you really rather have everybody on Ysearch under Unknown unless they
have paid for a SNP test? I've mentioned before that one company does not
assign mtDNA haplogroups, so they do all show up in mitosearch under
Unknown. When I do my K surveys, I have been ignoring them.