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From: Wayne Kauffman <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder Projects
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 2010 04:21:45 -0800 (PST)
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Right now at FTDNA there are the Swiss Anabaptist and the Mennonite projects. The projects are administered by different individuals with a focus on different communities. At 23andMe we lumped both communities into a single effort to jump start the autosomal effort. The issue is more how we reorganize and administer the existing efforts to reflect the change in paradigm from pure maternal or maternal lineage to one of having information from multiple ancestors.

Importing of data into FTDNA - I would assume that FTDNA will scrub the medical SNPs from our imported information. As a scientist I see that as throwing away useful data. The scrubbed results may impact the definition of IBD segments of interest that we are tracking. I understand the legal situation which FTDNA operates under and we will work with/around that. Within our targeted project communities inherited trait information is another piece of the genealogical puzzle if we elect to investigate and utilize that data.

- Wayne

From: mtDNA H Project <>
Sent: Mon, March 1, 2010 6:16:49 AM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder Projects


Why do you plan to start a separate Mennonite FF project? Is your
project currently exclusively Y-DNA based and classified as a Surname

Merging the 23andMe Relative Finder data will be relatively simple
once Family Tree DNA opens up the database to 3rd party imports.

On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 5:42 PM, Wayne Kauffman <> wrote:
> Since we have a couple of orders in the FF queue discussions are underway for how we will approach creating FF project(s) to manage the data from the separate Mennonite and Swiss Anabaptist projects at FTDNA. The intention is to leverage and merge the FF and RF data results. How we handle individuals - those with meaningful single segment matches from the 18th century - who are not core project members within the FF environment is a big unknown. We will have to see what capabilities FTDNA provides and work on filling in the sample management & analysis gaps.
> - Wayne

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