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Asking distant cousins for DNA?

I battled with how to approach this when I first set out on my DNA testing 'saga' about two years ago and have learned a few things over now 60 plus completed kits that I manage across multiple family ...
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Asking distant cousins for DNA?

Unless you find a living cousin who shares your interest in family history, and in DNA tracing, your efforts may be wasted. Those who have no particular interest in family history are unlikely to ...
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Is it ethical to perform research on living people's ancestry without their knowledge?

I would say definitely yes, because sometimes this is the only way of establishing how you're related to a DNA match if they have no information on their family tree. Also, the UK birth, marriage and ...
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Is it ethical to perform research on living people's ancestry without their knowledge?

Not only would I say that it is ethical, I would say that it is an essential part of your research. In general, without that research then you cannot know whether the person is living or deceased. In ...
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How to help adoptee find her father without outing him?

You should be very, very, careful with this. My alarm bells are set off, because despite the emphatic denial of your father's second cousin, he is still a strong candidate. He could know and not want ...
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Seeking example of invasion of privacy (PII ) by DNA testers

Since you're asking about foreign governments as opposed to the United States, there's basically three answers as of right now: There isn't any. It may not invade your privacy, but your DNA may allow ...
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Privacy concerns regarding online (web-based) genealogy software

Your instructor has turned things quite around. When a person signs up to an online genealogy website, or any website or social site for that matter, there is an agreement that must be approved, that ...
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Explaining risks when seeking DNA testing by cousin?

One concern to get out of the way up front is how the sample is acquired. Be sure to explain that the test is done using saliva or a cheek swab (depending on the testing company), and not by blood. ...
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Balancing availability and privacy for family stories?

I keep two online trees, a public version that strips all of that type of information, and a private one that includes everything. To access the private tree, users (family members) must login and be ...
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Are there any privacy issues regarding publishing the image of a grave marker online?

I would ask both the cemetery and the family for permission. Find a Grave posted pictures of my family members, in particular a brother and sister, and when my mom discovered this, it brought up a ...
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