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Title: "Genetealogy" Survey Results by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak
Post by: Marilyn Teaff Barton on March 31, 2005, 05:58:22 PM
Ancestry Daily News
3/31/2005 - (Archive)

by Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak

In my ongoing quest to gain a better understanding of the world of genetic genealogy (which I like to condense to ?genetealogy?), I recently conducted a brief survey. A whopping 1,237 people were kind enough to participate and help me satisfy my curiosity, so I thought I would reciprocate by sharing the results.

Survey Summary
The survey asked three multiple-choice questions:

1. How would you describe your participation in genetic genealogy?
(a) Have not done it and am not interested
(b) Am ?getting smart? about it to decide whether to try it
(c) Will likely try it within the next 6 months
(d) Have taken (or sponsored/facilitated) one DNA test
(e) Have taken (or sponsored/facilitated) more than one DNA test
(f) Am an active participant in a DNA project, but do not manage it
(g) Manage a DNA project? ?
2. If you have not participated in genetic genealogy, which of the following explain why?
(a) Don't understand it yet
(b) Not sure it would help my genealogical research
(c) Concerned about privacy
(d) Too expensive
(e) Other? ?
3. If you have participated in genetic genealogy, which kind of test(s) have you taken (or sponsored/facilitated)?
(a) Y-DNA
(b) mtDNA
(c) DNAPrint/BioGeographical
(d) African Ancestry
(e) Native American Ancestry
(f) Other Ethnic (Cohanim, Tribes of Britain, etc.)
(g) Other

Aside from these questions, the only other queries concerned gender and years of experience with genealogy (less than 1 year, 1-5 years, 5-10 years, 10-20 years, more than 20 years), so I could see if either of these seemed to influence the answers to the three main questions.

Participation in Genetic Genealogy
I think it's no secret that I'm a proponent of genetealogy, but I have to admit that even I was surprised at the tale the numbers told:

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