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From: Janet Crawford <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] English genealogy
Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 20:21:39 +0000
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Take it one step further. There are MANY people in the US who
gloriously extol their "royal" British ancestry who might get rather
upset to discover they are not "royal" at all, or have someone else
discover that fact. Sure would stop a lot of undue bragging, however.


On Sun, Mar 14, 2010 at 7:01 PM, <> wrote:
> One reason Brits do not want to participate is because  they are afraid DNA
> testing is going to disprove their lineage.  I offered  to pay for a DNA
> test for a Philipps line that I would especially like to  identify and got
> this response yesterday:
> *********************
> Yes, the letter you quoted certainly explains why those with old pedigrees
> they like are unwilling to be tested. I don't know what percentage falls
> into  this category, probably small, but enough to make a big difference when
> one  wants to test a particular line.
> I know of a similar case (in the US) in one branch of my Harrison  family.
> I can't help thinking that an even number of Britons have grave  concerns
> about privacy.  I know one Englishman who runs a private project  at Family
> Tree, probably for this reason.  At one point, I persuaded  him to add his
> haplotype to Y-search, which he did,then suddenly removed it  after several
> months.
> While privacy is less of an issue in the US, another of  my Harrison
> cousins refused my offer of a free test for that  reason.
> If fear of either sort is the underlying cause for the reluctance
> exhibited in the UK, then the best way to get a positive response might be to
> publish the family haplotype in places where British genealogists are likely to
> see it, along with a discussion of the information testing has provided and
> how  that information might be used to trace the family history back many
> more  generations.
> I tend to believe that there are plenty of people on both sides of the
> Atlantic who don't understand what DNA testing can do for them and, because of
> that ignorance,  also have overblown fears of what it might do to  them.
> While this approach  may not help with the problem you  described, it could
> influence some who would never order a test or look at  a database otherwise.
> Lindsey
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