REMINDER: In these difficult times, when we are all being reminded of our mortality, it is also a time when we each should check our personal settings on our FTDNA accounts. Please make sure that the Beneficiary information has been properly completed, and the designated person is aware of their responsibilities. Each year we loose several members through death, and if the beneficiary information has not been completed, access to their kit is frozen. In some cases, these people have done significant testing and other genealogical work that is then lost. Please make sure that does not happen to you.
March 4, 2018 @ 7:37am
August 22, 2018 @ 7:25am
Dear Project Members,
Family Tree DNA changed some of the privacy settings on kits, and your setting may have been downgraded. That’s easy to change. Please check to see if your Project Preferences are set to at least “Limited,” and if not, please change them. This article by blogger and long-time group project administrator Roberta Estes details the changes and provides step-by-step instructions on how to view and change your settings.
Without at least Limited access, assisting you with your results and correlating your information with that of the rest of the project is nearly impossible.
2. Please also be sure that you’ve opted in to project sharing so that your Y-DNA and mtDNA results can be shown in the public-facing portion of the project. (There is currently no public interface for Family Finder tests.) No contact information is displayed: just your kit number and your Earliest Known Ancestor.
Genetic genealogy is about collaboration and sharing, and projects function as “cousin bait,” encouraging people to test. More testers mean more potential matches. Instructions for opting in to public sharing are in the same article.
If you have already set the privacy levels to “Limited” or “Advanced” for the administrators of the groups in which you are enrolled, and you have opted to share your DNA results then no need to respond to this email. Please take a few minutes to log on and confirm the settings are correct and if you need assistance, let your us know or contact the Group Projects team at FamilyTreeDNA by choosing the "Group" option on the Contact Form.