Frequently asked questions
|What is this website about?|
|Do I need to Register to use this website?|
|What about Privacy?|
|How do I contact you?|
|Why test my DNA?|
This website lists details the details (gathered so far!) from several inter-related family trees by a small group of distantly-related geneaolgists, researching their own extended families.
Please note that we are not professional researchers and, alas, do not have the time to undertake research on your behalf. We have no connection to any of the churches & institutions mentioned on the web pages and - as a general rule - cannot offer any information about their connections to people not already mentioned here.
The site is divided into six sections but, since the family trees are interlinked, a few people are listed in more than one part of the site; but the 'search' facility (the magnifying glass icon on the menu bar will let you search any combination of sections at once, by ticking the appropriate boxes.
Basically no. Casual visitors can see almost all there is to see (and everything most guests will need to see) without going through the Registration process. The only things that are hidden from guests are:
- Any details there may be (which usually isn't much, beyond names) for people who are still living or - if we're not sure - people who are of an age such that they might still be alive.
- Certain research tools that will only really be of use to 'family' who are helping compile the information on this website.
So Registration is only really an advantage to you if you are 'family'. That is, if you are a blood relative of one of the people already listed on the website. In fact, to protect the privacy of those who are still alive, Registration will only be approved for those who can prove that they are indeed 'family'.
If you're not sure if you are 'family', you can always get in-touch with us using the link at the bottom of each page (the one that says 'For help with genealogy questions contact Fred Blogs'). That will let you send an email message to the lead-researcher for that part of the website.
We take protecting the privacy of those still alive very seriously. In the context of this website, there are two sorts of privacy issues:
- Details about people still living.
- Contact details of Registered site users.
Details About Living People
In general there is very little information (beyond names and a few dates) about most people who are (or might be) still alive. However a few (a very few) people have added some medical history, with a view to enabling people to know about possible inherited disorders. A few people have also submitted general information such as occupations, etc.. For reason, the website is set-up such that....
- Only Registered (and logged-in) site visitors can view any details about people who are (or might be) still alive.
- Registration is only approved for those who can show that they are 'family'. That is, a blood relative of those already listed on the website.
- Even then, logged-in registered users can only see details of living people in the section (or sections) of the website in which they actually have blood relatives.
Despite that, if you want to know what information is listed about you, then ask and we will tell you. In the (unlikely) event that you are not happy with any information that there is about you; then just tell us (use the link at the bottom of the page) and we'll remove that right away.
Contact Details of Registered Site Users
As part of the registration process, the website does ask you for your email address; which is part of the process for ensuring that you are who you say you are. Your email address is stored in the database, but can only be seen by the website Administrator. Please note:
- Your registered email address cannot be seen by any other users of this website.
- We definitely will not pass-on your email address to anyone at all, unless you specifically say we should (for example, if you want to get in-touch with another registered site user).
- We will only contact you if we need to in connection with this website or your family genealogy.
There is a link at the bottom of each web page which will enable you to send an email to us. We'll endeavour to reply to you as soon as we can; but please be patient as we all lead busy lives too!
Please Note that many of the web pages show two contact links: one for technical questions, and one for genealogy-related questions. That second link will put you in-touch with the lead-researcher for that particular part of the website.
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There are actually three types of DNA, but the one most commonly tested (as it has the most useful results for most people) is known as 'autosomal' DNA. You inherit your own autosomal DNA from your parents (half from each of them), which they in-turn inherited from their own parents (your Grandparents), and so on. So half of your own DNA will match half of the DNA of each of your parents, and (roughly) one quarter of your DNA will be inherited from (i.e. match) part of the DNA of each of your four Grandparents.
If you think about it, that means that all of your other blood-relatives (aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.) will ALSO 'match' you, on those parts of your DNA that you BOTH inherited from your common Grandparent; though the amount of DNA you have in-common will get smaller the more-distant that relative is to you. If your blood relatives share some DNA with you, then it follows that IF other people (that you don't know) also match your DNA, then you MUST be some sort of relative of theirs.
So what the DNA-testing companies do is test your DNA, and then compare it to all of the other people who've tested with them. They then give you a list of WHO 'matches' you, by how much they match (indicating how distant a relative they are) and a means of contacting them. Usually they give you a means of seeing each other's Family Tree and/or a list of the surnames you're interested in.
The idea is that you look at your matches and, between you, work out exactly how your Trees are linked. This not only expands your Tree but, by sharing information, hopefully gets you past whatever 'Brick Walls' you have on your Tree.