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From: Wilcox Lisa <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] British testing
Date: Sat, 13 Mar 2010 16:42:16 -0800
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In my own project, we're just hoping some Brits might be interested in
proving relationship to an American rocket scientist or star of the
silver screen --in the same way (sorta-kinda) that some Americans like
to trace their ancestry to royalty. ;-)


On Mar 13, 2010, at 4:31 PM, wrote:

> There is a major difference in goals between many Americans and
> many from
> the British Isles.
> Unless adopted or with a known NPE, most from say England already
> know their
> English roots (to a sufficient degree) and have no "Pond" to
> cross. There
> may be no perceived need to upload haplotype results to a public
> database
> (often obtained with the motivation of finding out whether they are
> say
> Anglo-Saxon in the male line). Much of the work goes on within
> private
> family groups and I know from experience that the focus is on the
> goals of
> the research, not on ensuring that the public has access to it.
> ***********************
> I agree with you about the difference in goals, although I've always
> thought (or hoped) that the possibility of finding American cousins
> might be a
> draw. I was not aware that many people in the UK were testing in
> private.
> I assumed, perhaps mistakenly, that anyone tested by Family Tree
> would be
> in Family Tree's database, even if the surname was withheld. My
> Britton
> cousin has no matches to any surname close enough to be reported by
> Family
> Tree to the Britton project. I find that unusual, but then we belong
> to a
> rare subgroup of I1.
> My focus is on my research, too. While I'm always glad to help
> someone if
> I can, my family is in the public database for one reason only--
> because we
> hope another Briton family somewhere will contact us.
> But you've given me an idea--instead of trying to attract English
> participants to my project maybe I need to concentrate on
> advertising my family's
> DNA signature in places where the English are more likely to see it.
> Lindsey
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