Genealogy Etiquette


WELCOME BACK. HAVE YOU DONE A DNA TEST KIT? SO MANY PEOPLE HAVE SEEN THE ADS AND YOU MAY HAVE DONE THEM. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU GET YOUR RESULTS BACK? SOME PEOPLE HAVE DISCOVERED UNKNOWN RELATIVES, POLICE HAVE DISCOVERED CRIMINAL SUSPECTS ALL CONNECTED THROUGH THEIR DNA. AND IT TURNS OUT THERE’S AN ETIQUETTE TO CONTACTING SOMEONE YOU LEARN IS RELATED TO YOU. BLAINE IS HERE TO TELL US WHAT THAT IS ALONG WITH RICH WHO HAS BEEN WITH US BEFORE FROM THE NORTH HILLS GENEALOGY GIST WHO HELPED ME TRACE MY ROOTS AFTER MY TEST RESULTS CAME BACK SO GOOD TO HAVE YOU BOTH HERE WITH US. THANKS FOR HAVING US. THERE IS SO MUCH GOING ON WITH DNA, WHAT IT’S BEING USED FOR, FUTURE IMPLICATIONS. THERE’S SO MANY QUESTIONS. IT’S AN EXCITING TIME. YES. BUT ALSO UNCERTAIN. SO BLAINE IS IN TOWN THIS WEEKEND FOR OUR ANNUAL CONFERENCE. WE ARE GOING TO BE TALKING TWO DAYS ABOUT DNA, WHAT TO DO, HOW TO UTILIZE IT AND ALSO SOME OF THESE THINGS ABOUT THE BEST THINGS TO DO THE ETIQUETTE IN TERMS OF MATCHES. IT IS SOLD OUT FOR THE WEEKEND BUT GOES TO SHOW HOW POPULAR AND INTERESTED PEOPLE ARE IN DNA THESE DAYS. ABSOLUTELY. SO THE CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT BUT WE HAVE BLAINE HERE SO WE’RE GOING TO TAP YOUR KNOWLEDGE. ALL RIGHT. YOU GET ONE OF THESE DNA TEST KITS AND YOU GET THE RESULTS. WHAT SHOULD DO WITH THE RESULTS. WHAT I RECOMMEND IS FIRST OF ALL YOU GET AN ETHNICITY ESTIMATE. DON’T PUT TOO MUCH FAITH IN THE ESTIMATE. IT’S A HIGH LEVEL ROUGH ESTIMATE BUT GIVE IT A GLANCE. IT CAN TELL YOU MAYBE THERE ARE SURPRISES IN THERE. FOR THE MOST PART WHAT I REALLY LIKE ABOUT THIS DNA TESTING IS CONNECTING WITH YOUR RELATIVES SO EVERY TEST WILL SHOW YOU A LIST OF YOUR GENETIC MATCHES PEOPLE WHO SHARE DNA WITH YOU AND SOMETIMES THERE MIGHT BE CLOSE PEOPLE OR DISTANT MATCHES BUT ONCE YOU HAVE THIS CONNECTION, WHAT YOU CAN DO THEN IS REACH OUT TO THESE RELATIVES AND PERHAPS FIGURE OUT HOW YOU MIGHT BE RELATED. THERE MIGHT BE PEOPLE IN YOUR MATCH LIST YOU ALREADY RECOGNIZE BUT PROBABLY FOR THE MOST PART THESE ARE ALL GOING TO BE STRANGERS YOU HAVE TO REACH OUT TO. SO WE’RE TALKING ABOUT MAYBE A BROTHER OR SISTER? WE’VE SEEN SOMETHING LIKE THAT BEFORE? MAYBE IT TURNS OUT YOUR PARENTS AREN’T WHO YOU THOUGHT THEY WERE. WOW. THERE ARE THINGS THAT ARE HUGE. HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT CONTACTING RELATIVES WHO MAY NOT KNOW YOU EXIST EITHER. IF IT’S A CLOSE SCENARIO A NEW HALF SIBLING FOR EXAMPLE OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT YOU NEED TO REACH OUT KELL DATELY BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY KNOW SO WHEN YOU REACH OUT FIRST TRY TO MAKE INITIAL CONTACT. SAY FIRST LOOKS LIKE WE ARE RELATED AND KNOWING THEY ARE LOOKING FOR FAMILY. BUT THEY ALSO MIGHT TAKE THIS TEST THINKING THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHO THEIR FAMILY IS AND THEY’RE GETTING A SURPRISE SO REACH OUT VERY CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY AT FIRST. INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND THEN START TO MAKE CONNECTION BEFORE YOU JUMP OUT AND SAY YOU’RE MY HALF BROTHER. GREAT TO MEET YOU. RIGHT. IT REALLY IS A DELICATE THING BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT TO COME OFF CREEPY AND SCARE SOMEONE AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW THEY’RE GOING TO RECEIVE THE NEWS BECAUSE THEY MAY NOT BE WELCOME TO THIS. THAT’S RIGHT AND IF THEY DON’T RESPOND IT’S IMPORTANT TO RESPECT THEIR WISHES AND PRIVACY AS WELL. THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE GOING TO GET THIS NEWS BACK AND NOT RESPOND BECAUSE THEY DON’T IT WELL. SO BLAINE, I KNOW WE SPOKE ABOUT THIS ON THE NEW SIDE OF KDKA BEFORE ABOUT FUTURE IMPLICATIONS. I KNOW THERE’S SOME QUESTION OUT THERE ABOUT FINDING OUT HEALTH RISKS AND HOW THAT COULD IMPACT FUTURE HEALTHCARE AND INSURANCE AND THAT SORT OF THING. ALSO WE’RE SEEING HOW DNA IS USED FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS. HOW DO YOU PROTECT THAT DNA ONCE YOU’VE SEND IT TO A COMPANY. YEAH SO IF YOU HAVE SENT IT OUT ALREADY THIS IS A CONVERSATION AND ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN DO IS EVERY TESTING COMPANY YOU CAN ACTUALLY OPT OUT OF MATCHING. OH SO YOU’RE ALLOWED TO SAY NO. NO MATCHES JUST MY ETHNICITY. THAT’S ONE WAY. ANOTHER WAY IS TO USE A SUED ANYMORE OR SOME OTHER NAME. NOW THAT’S NOT PERFECT PROTECTION BECAUSE OFTEN TIME WE CAN FIGURE OUT WHO THE PERSON IS THROUGH DNA. BECAUSE THEY HAVE IT. RIGHT. BUT I RECOMMEND OPT OUT OF MATCHING IF YOU ARE REALLY THAT CONCERNED ABOUT IT AND EVERYONE HAS A RIGHT TO THEIR OWN LEVEL OF PRIVACY AND WE HAVE TO RESPECT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WANT TO DO. THERE’S NO HIDDEN LANGUAGE SMALL PRINT THAT SAYS THIS WILL BE STORED FOR X NUMBER OF YEARS. ALWAYS READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE. I DON’T ALWAYS DO A GREAT JOB OF THAT MYSELF BUT READ THE TERMS OF SERVICE. IF YOU ARE OPTED OUT OF MATCHING A LOT OF THOSE CONCERNS ARE ALLEVIATED AT THIS POINT. AS A GENEALOGY GIST HOW OFTEN DO YOU USE DNA? ON A CASE BY CASE BASIS. IT DEPENDS ON WHAT THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT IS. THERE ARE L MORE EXPERIENCED IN THIS FIELD SO I OFTEN WOULDN’T TAKE ON A CASE OF SOMEBODY THAT’S AN I&xt: ADOPTIE OR HAS UNKNOWN PATERNITY. I DO USE IT IN ADDITION TO PAPER DOCUMENTS. I’M WORKING WITH A CLIENT RIGHT NOW WHO BELIEVES HIS GRANDFATHER CHANGED HIS NAME AND UTILIZING HIS DNA AND MATCHES WHO HAVEN’T OPTED OUT TO FIGURE OUT HOW HE FITS INTO THEIR FAMILY AND HOW DETERMINE WHO THIS MAN ORIGINALLY WAS BEFORE HE CHANGED HIS NAME. THAT’S WHAT YOU HELPED ME WITH. ONCE WE KNEW THE BACKGROUND WE WERE ABLE TO PIN POINT CERTAIN AREAS IN THE PAST. THAT ETHNICITY WITH THE PEOPLE AND SAW THAT IT MADE SENSE WITH THE FOLKS THAT WERE IN YOUR TREE. INTERESTING. IT’S FASCINATING STUFF. THANK YOU BOTH FOR JOINING US TODAY. THANKS FOR HAVING US. LEARN MORE ABOUT TRACING YOUR ROOTS. LOOK FOR MORE DETAILS ON THE

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