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From: "Diana Gale Matthiesen" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Ancestry.com to FTDNA
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 08:47:42 -0400
IMO, the waste was in getting tested at Ancestry.com, not in getting retested at
FTDNA, because retesting...
1. Makes them comparable on all 37 markers with other members of the project
and allows for an upgrade to 67 markers.
2. Makes available to them the entire stable of FTDNA tests, all but a handful
of which are totally unavailable at Ancestry.
3. Puts their results in the FTDNA database, which means they will get
automatic notification of matches.
4. Allows them to be SNP tested. (I've seen Ancestry make a horrible mistake
in deducing a haplogroup, and I've heard of others.)
5. Allows them to easily and accurately transfer results to Ysearch.
6. Allows them to easily and accurately transfer results to the Genographic
7. There is also an admittedly subjective factor, which is simply that I,
personally, find the Ancestry interface an absolute dog to use.
As for the intelligence of project admins, getting sarcastic doesn't improve
your case. No one suggested a project admin couldn't "handle" bringing an
Ancestry testee into an FTDNA project. In fact, the part of my message you
omitted from your backquote explained how it could be done, with an example of
just such a case in one of my own projects. Also, please note that I said the
*best* avenue, not the *only* avenue.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: On Behalf Of Robert Stafford
> Sent: Monday, March 15, 2010 8:03 AM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] Ancestry.com to FTDNA
> Why have them waste money? Any project manager of
> above-average intelligence should be able to handle
> the situation without wasting money.
> Bob Stafford
> On Mon, Mar 15, 2010 at 6:47 AM, Diana Gale Matthiesen
> > The best avenue would be for this individual to purchase
> > the "conversion kit" and join your FTDNA project "officially,"
> > but it's understandable why people, bespecially people only
> > just tested, balk at the expense of being tested, again. I've
> > sometimes found that, after awhile, such an individual
> > tires of not being a "full-fledged" member, and later purchases
> > the conversion.