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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Re : Genographic Project
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2010 14:24:16 -0500
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I totally agree, William. Over 1/3 of my Danish Demes members came from the
Genographic Project, and those amount to the majority of the native Danes.

Also, I think we need to recognize how much the public likes the NGS-GP web site
and, more importantly, how much the public trusts the National Geographic
Society. For most of us, the NGS, its magazine, and its TV shows have been a
"friend" since childhood. I've no doubt there are many tested there who would
never have been tested, anywhere, if the NGS hadn't "broken the ice" for them.

Those of us who are deeply into the technical side of testing need to appreciate
how totally unappealing most of our web sites appear, even to most genealogists,
much less the general public. *Somebody* has to get people interested, and that
role goes to the NGS-Genographic Project -- and Oprah and "Faces of America" and
"Who do you think you are?" and hopefully more such programs down the road...


> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of William Hurst
> Sent: Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:02 PM
> To: Genealogy DNA
> Subject: Re: [DNA] Re : Genographic Project
> Hi Vince and Al and Didier and all,
> Perhaps the greatest benefits from the Genographic Project
> are from those who copied their results to FTDNA and then
> upgraded. We have 187 members of the K Project who started at
> the Genographic Project who have ordered the full-sequence
> mtDNA test. Just think how many more might copy their results
> if Genographic would encourage them to do so or even provide
> more of a hint that it's possible than the "Learn More" link.
> Bill Hurst
> > But the samples are only valuable if someone does something useful
> > with them.
> >
> > So far, both the quantity and quality of analysis coming from
> > Genographic has been decidedly poor.
> >
> > I'm a Genographic public participant, so I am sympathetic
> > to the goals of the project. The implementation has been
> > unimpressive, so far.
> >
> > VV

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