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From: Gregg Bonner <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] My Heritage
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 23:44:36 -0800 (PST)
In-Reply-To: <>

I appreciate the notion of "the more the merrier". And personally, I don't really care if they "steal" my background page information, etc. But it is hard to imagine that this is beneficial for testing, since you have to sign up for their site to order a kit.
How can adding another barrier to participation be good for recruiting purposes?
I'd like to hear what FTDNA has to say about this "partnership".
I've been seeing them in results to my queries for a while now, and each time it is just another site's information, with their "wrapper" on it. I remember in the past...companies would charge fees for this "service". Then they would be found out to just be giving information that was found free elsewhere online. Then they would close shop and reopen with the exact same m.o. under another name.
This looks to me like more of the same.
It will become a pressing issue for me when I google Bonner Surname DNA Project, and MyHeritage is listed above my own website.

--- On Wed, 2/29/12, Gail Riddell <> wrote:

From: Gail Riddell <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] My Heritage
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 1:13 AM

Please excuse my possible ignorance on this matter but I have a question, please.

If these people (meaning new testers) join the 'MyHeritage' entourage, would the results not be available to our FTDNA projects?
If they are definitely NOT available, then I can totally understand Janet's 'annoyance' .

If they are available and are potential newcomers to our projects, does it matter - apart from the frustration of having others (eg. My Heritage) just 'take' our work and infer that it is their own?  Do they, for example, not even know we exist - should the new testers join with 'My Heritage'?

How can I tell?
I ask because I actually want heaps of RIDDELL and RIDDLE people (as well as their close matches, irrespective of surnames) to join my project.  (My comment re accepting surname variance is because in the 1600s and 1700s, many, many people chose to change their surnames for a wide variety of reasons and since "my" men and their searches are of paramount importance to me, I will happily accept any surnamed person who has a match at the higher levels.  And of course, everyone knows about the unofficial adoptions which took place during those particularly difficult times in that period of history).

Gail Riddell
Volunteer Project admin of RIDDELL Y DNA with FTDNA

On 29/02/2012, at 7:47 PM, Janet Crain wrote:

> <snip>
> I am changing my projects to require authorization.
> Janet
> Janet wrote:
>> What is going on with MyHeritage? They have copied and published my
>> copyrighted (2002 to present) text word for word from my Stinnett DNA
>> Project.

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