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From: "David Stedman" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] GENEALOGY-DNA Digest, Vol 5, Issue 260
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 14:22:39 -0000
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You will have to excuse a slight level of merth from this side of the pond regarding
this thread.

Being a Brit who has spent the last year trying to track down Americans willing to
get involved with DNA testing to help explain how my line ended up over there, and
posibly knocking down a few 'long linerages' allong the way, I can assure you this is
not just a problem with Brits.

BTW if anybody out there knows of a WV Stedman/Steadman who may be willing to
partisipate in DNA testing let me know.

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> Date: Sun, 14 Mar 2010 15:01:07 EDT
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> 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
> 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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