Our DNA project host, FTDNA has
recently instituted a number of data privacy changes. That means
project administrators now have limited information on our project
members - which of course, greatly impedes DNA research in genealogy.
Worse, DNA participants are now
able to hide their public results while having their results
still appear to project administrators (This is why you now see
zero results for some categories on our DNA results page at FTDNA).
Again, inexplicable for operating a DNA project for genealogy
purposes. You researchers need to see the vast array of DNA results.
It doesn't help when certain (sometimes critical) results are
We have always hidden the names
of DNA participants (the test takers) in our public presentation
at FTDNA, and only indicate generally where they "fit"
on our Shirley branch pages at ShirleyAssociation.com - usually
2 generations removed (at minimum)
I do not know what to do about
these new changes. I may ban participants from the project if
they do not "toggle" and choose to disseminate their
results publically. But banning results is not a great solution.
Every result has the potential to solve a family riddle - that's
why we do DNA in the first place!
Of the last 27
DNA participants in the Shirley surname project, 85% have now
chosen to hide their results from public view. (Again, no names
are ever shown publicly)
Why should those
who selfishly hide their Shirley results be able to benefit from
those DNA participants who publicly disclose their Shirley marker
Should I shut
the whole project down?