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From: John <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] A Major Challenge for Surname Projects
Date: Fri, 5 Jan 2007 06:29:30 -0800 (PST)
Actually, the Blair DNA Project far from being restrictive, as evidenced by the 120 participants who have joined the project.
The Blair DNA Project is a Y-DNA (STR) SURNAME project. The goal of this project is to further the genealogical research of the surname Blair. The objectives of the project are to connect participants to others in the project, connect Blair lines that have reached a dead end, and to help direct participants in their research.
In order to meet this goal and these objectives I have certain requirements that participants must meet before they join the project. First they must be a male with a direct male line of descent from a male Blair. Second they must submit a pedigree chart back to their oldest known Blair ancestor. Third, they must agree to let me publish their kit number, test results and oldest known Blair ancestor on the Blair DNA Project website.
Participants (particularly those who match others) are encouraged (but not required) to provide contact information and allow me to post their pedigree chart (minus living people) on the Blair DNA website.
These requirements are to make sure that those who join the project are Blair descendants and they are truly interested in genealogy and willing to share at least minimum information with others in the project.
The Blair DNA website (http://blairgenealogy.com/dna/) is open to the public and has all the test results posted. These results are color-coded into groups and the groups are posted individually with analysis of each group.
I don't consider the Blair DNA Project "as private property" but rather the property of those genealogists who descend from the surname Blair. As the Project Administrator my job is to see that the goals and objectives of the Project met and that the participants get the maximum amount of information available.
I think you would find yourself very glad to be in I project I administer once you saw what you received by joining.
Scottish DNA - Better than Life Insurance
John A. Blair
BLAIR DNA Project Coordinator
Eric Olson <> wrote:
I am certainly glad you are not the administrator of any surname project I may join. These administrators who treat their surname projects as private property are missing the boat. Free an easy access should be the goal, not restrictive rules.... Next they might be charging money to join...
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