10 March 2019

DNA Standards - Part 7

For "DNA Standards - Part 1" see https://debsdelvings.blogspot.com/2019/03/dna-standards-part-1.html. In the first part I paraphrased the standards for using DNA evidence for genealogy into bullet points.

This is the post for "DNA Standards - Part 7."


Prior bullets are discussed in other parts of this series:

In "DNA Standards - Part 7" I further discuss the eighth bullet. The main bullets indicate considerations when using DNA to help answer a research question; sub-items explain what is needed to accomplish the tasks defined in the main bullet:

  • make the DNA data available for verification, as much as possible within the limits of test taker permissions (Standard 54)
    • depending on publication venue this might mean
      • providing login information to an editor to confirm the DNA data (the password can be changed after the editor has completed the review)
      • asking test takers to upload to a public project (such as at FamilyTreeDNA where the test taker gives permission and the administrator sets project options for results to be displayed publicly)
      • asking test takers to upload to a publicly available third-party website (available to any internet user without logging in or requiring a login and password that any person can obtain)
      • providing screenshots of web pages with the DNA or match data
    • if the DNA test results are not publicly shared or confirmed by an unbiased third party there is a risk that the author misinterpreted the DNA test results
    • if one or more test takers choose to remain unidentified the credibility of the conclusion should be evaluated with that person removed or anonymized
    • if one or more test takers choose to remain unidentified the essay may not meet the criteria for some publications nor be the best choice of work sample to demonstrate your analysis and correlation skill
    • just as we have always done with articles and work samples based on documentary sources, we must make judgments on credibility when using DNA sources

Additional bullets will be discussed in other parts of this series:

BCG, Genealogy Standards, 2nd ed. (Nashville: Ancestry, 2019)


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