I am sharing my letter for our DNA projects on my blog because many people are asking what to think, and then what to do about it. Here are some ideas.
Hello I am Cherie, one of your DNA for genealogy project administrators
Many changes have taken place and I am supporting the new guidelines for information. Your DNA results are not affected in any way.
This is a good time to review all your settings and information. From your ancestry and genealogy information, to privacy, to notifications, to sharing, and project participation there are many enhancements in available settings and many we have always had and should review.
To see your settings and read more – sign into your results pages and look for your name at the top right of your ftDNA main Dashboard page. Run your cursor over your name and in the pop-up window see – Privacy and Sharing –
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Here – In these settings you will also find setting options for all your tests and results – matching, origins, family tree, project participation, and if you have mt-DNA testing, coding region.
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You will see I have set myself at: ‘matching’ at ‘All Levels’ (for all three tests if all taken); I have ‘opted in’ for ‘Origins’; for ‘Family Tree’ sharing I am setting to ‘My Matches’; Projects profile I am ‘opting in’; and for the ‘coding region’ this is for mt-DNA and I am ‘opting in’. And don’t forget to ‘save’. These and all settings can easily be changed at anytime you wish.
Next you can click the tab at the top to – Project Preferences –
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– and then one by one – Edit – each one as you wish to participate. Most settings will now be set at a level which removes most participation. I am setting most to ‘Limited Access”.
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Notifications has some great changes – clicking the tab at the top – Email Notifications – at the top you can decide which matches you would like to be notified about. For instance: You will be able to remove notifications for 12 markers matches and still receive the higher numbers matches. But I caution, everyone should regularly check their 12 marker matches because sometimes people might have only tested 12 and you might miss the possibility of research for a new match that is important, who just needs to add a few more markers.
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Check your genealogy page from the tab at the top and make sure it has all the information updated.
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While updating I am also making sure I have ‘Surnames’ listed of my immediate first 4 to 5 generations of ancestral surnames added to my surname list. I believe less is more for this feature. And certainly check you account information.
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I am also making sure my family tree on ftDNA is up-to-date for my au-DNA – this is included in your testing with Family Tree DNA for au-DNA and if you have near relatives who have also tested, your and their results can be linked and both of you can benefit by having your matches highlighted as being paternal or maternal relatives for some of your matches, if the initial relative is near enough this is a wonderful feature, making sure your tree is shared with ‘my matches’.
I have invited relatives to test and we all benefit from ‘matching in common’.
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A few steps to take and we will all implement these new guidelines and still all continue to benefit from our DNA for genealogy results and research.
I am always open to suggestions and happy to make corrections. – Please forgive the countless typos.
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