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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] anonymity (was call to...)
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 20:47:39 -0500
At FTDNA, at least, there's no reason not to join a project just because an NPE
seems likely or even because someone is totally paranoid about being tested.
I have one project member whom I had to persuade to be tested and could only do
so by making him *totally* anonymous -- and by paying for the test. The kit was
mailed to me, so the contact information is mine. I signed the release and then
mailed the kit to him. His surname in the database is correct, but his given
name is "Anonymous." His earliest ancestor is in the database, his lineage
from his grandfather back is given on the web site, and we have his test
results, so he's still a valuable addition to the project.
>From the standpoint of researchers visiting the project web site, he doesn't
appear any different than any of the other project members because none of the
test subjects are identified. The only difference is that FTDNA doesn't know
who he is.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Robert Stafford
> Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 4:45 PM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] anonymity (was call to...)
> I advise potential members of our surname project at
> Ancestry to test as an individual and join the project
> after they receive their results and do a database search.
> If an NPE seems likely, they have the option not to join