We continue our look at using DNA to support our “documentary tree” by making sure our citations are informative and to standards.
Disclaimer: This is only an example of how I would incorporate the evidence offered by DNA if I had to do my portfolio over. I have no idea if my “solution” would be acceptable or not. Guidance on the topic is slim, but I am using the website to guide my DNA documentation, because it is all I have at the time of writing. Also, this field is changing so rapidly that this post will be “old news” in a very short period of time, but may still provide the future reader with a perspective and help them formulate questions they might not have thought of.
Here is a list of the parts and the links to the previous posts:
- Part 1: Problem identification
- Part 2: Understanding the rubrics and the Genealogy Standards.
- Part 3: Identifying possible matches
- Part 4: Crafting citations
- Part 5: Analysis and Correlation
- Part 6: Entering the data into my RootMagic database
- Part 7: Writing it up!
If I was citing the whole Ancestry DNA results page for me. The first reference note might look like this:
“DNA Results Summary: Jill Morelli,” database report, Ancestry(http://www.ancestry.com/dna: accessed 31 October 2018); a non-public online database.
If I was citing the DNA Circle:
“Jan Middents Cornelius Bode DNA Circle,” AncestryDNA(http://www.ancestry.com/dna: accessed 30 October 2018), non-public circle for Jill Morelli, showing Bode1 as a “good confidence” match, and Jan Middents Cornelius Bode as most recent common ancestor . Jill Morelli’s tree provides sound evidence of each assertion. Bode1 provides no documentation: all his lines and assertions need to be verified.
If I was citing the match itself:
“AncestryDNA Results for Jill Morelli,” database report, AncestryDNA(http://www.ancestry.com/dna: accessed 30 October 2018), predicting 4th to 6th cousin genetic match with user “Bode1.” “Bode1” identifies his great great great grandfather as John Middents Cornelius Bode ; no kinship to Bode1 or Jan has been proven.
The reference note is clear that there is nothing proven about this relationship yet.
Next: Part 5: Analysis, and correlation of the match.