Some details about the project:
The purpose is compile and analyze autosomal and Y-DNA test results for the purposes of finding evidence of connections among the early (pre-1850) residents of the Valcartier area of Quebec (Valcartier, Ste-Catherine, Stoneham, etc.).
Responses to this survey will be added to a regularly updated collection of Y-DNA and autosomal DNA (at-DNA) test results of descendants of early Valcartier-area residents, which will be available to participants. This will allow for a comparison of results of those who have taken (or plan to take) a painless, commercially available autosomal DNA test, with an eye toward identifying connections among those early residents, their ancestors, and their descendants.
Participants in this project will be encouraged to do a free upload/transfer of their autosomal DNA test results from one of the three major testing companies (Family Tree DNA's "Family Finder" test, 23andMe's only test, and AncestryDNA's only test) to a third-party free site called GEDmatch. It is possible to complete this upload anonymously. All GEDmatch members are assigned a kit number. Members of the project will have access to a compiled list of kit numbers and be able to do comparisons with other project members for the purpose of identifying connections. Support/guidance will be available from project administrator.
Group participants can be men or women of any age who have completed an autosomal or Y-DNA test at one of the three major US-based testing companies (Family Tree DNA, 23andMe, or AncestryDNA), which cost approximately $99.00. Feel free to contact Craig Tafel (email@example.com) if you would like to discuss pros/cons of each testing company.
Responses will be added to a private collection of member information, shared only with other members of the group via email. Note that items that you mark with a "double-asterisk" (**) in your responses will only be shared with project administrators (currently Craig Tafel and Patricia Balkcom) and not made available to other members of the group without your permission.
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