>> Sunday, June 28, 2015
Several years ago, a handful of us took on the responsibility of supporting the Adoption Community through forums, tools and education. We carefully put a support structure in place including:
- DNAadoption Yahoo Group - where we actively support people trying to analyze DNA results as well as provide community support for the technical and emotional issues that a group like this has.
- http://DNAadoption.com - which provides many how-to documents and resources that range from getting started to advanced search topics
- Technical Support - mostly through Karin Corbeil who provides support answers for third party software as it applies to our group and for DNAgedcom.com utilities as well as our computing resources.
- Educational Resources - We have held the first classes on Autosomal DNA analysis and have continued to grow the scope of the classes to include Beginning, Basic and Advanced Autosomal classes, Y classes and classes to help people learn the ins and outs of working with different vendors. We have had 925 students to date, many taking more than one class.
- Advocacy for the Adoptee - through participation in many online groups
- A growing Support Resource for Genealogists' Education in DNA analysis
- A greatly expanded tool set and utilities to facilitate data gathering and analysis mostly by Rob Warthen through DNAGedcom. com including:
- Download capabilities for FTDNA data through an established API.
- This includes Chromosome browser files, ICW files, Family Finder matches and the
- new ability to download FTDNA tree data to Gworks on DNAGedcom
- Download capabilities for several 23andme files
- The ability to process these files for triangulation and ICW status.
- A utility to accept data from Gedmatch Triangulation Tier 1 utility and the Segment matcher and prepare it so that it can be processed by our triangulation utilities and compared with data from other sources.
- The Gworks utility to search data from the matches and to compare it.
- Providing ADSA utility by Don Worth
- Providing Jworks by Juan Pizarro
- Providing Kworks by Kitty Munson Cooper,
- The ability to compare results from different vendors
Earlier this year, DNAGedcom split into two parts to better support education through a non-profit entity (DNAdoption) and DNAGedcom remained for tools development and support.
This is all supported by monies from classes as well as donations.
So what am I getting to? This is a Pet Peeve of mine. People have taken to opening FaceBook pages to support Adoptees. Unfortunately most of these lack:
- Support infra structure
- Support personnel
- A file structure to adequately support case research.