"A group of individuals, including genealogists, genetic genealogists, and scientists, have been working for the past year to develop a draft of genetic genealogy standards. The document is intended to provide ethical and usage standards for the genealogical community to follow when purchasing, recommending, sharing, or writing about the results of DNA testing for ancestry.
To ensure that this document accurately reflects the standards embraced by the community, we made the document available for a period of public comment (from May 12, 2014 through June 15, 2014). We received more than 75 comments during the comment period, and have revised the document to incorporate those that we felt strengthened the standards.
On January 10, 2015, the Genetic Genealogy Standards were presented during the First Annual SLIG (Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy) Colloquium in Salt Lake City, Utah."From the introduction to the Standards:
"These Standards are intentionally directed to genealogists, not to genetic genealogy testing companies. As used in the Standards, the term “genealogist” includes anyone who takes a genetic genealogy test, as well as anyone who advises a client, family member, or other individual regarding genetic genealogy testing. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of those taking a genetic genealogy test (“tester”) to understand and consider these standards before ordering or agreeing to take any genetic genealogy test."You can download a copy of the Standards here.
Currently standards and guidelines for Y-DNA and mtDNA testing are being worked on and will be available at Genetic Genealogy Standards when completed.
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