Members' Privacy & Rights
This page describes what, and how, the project will disclose information
about you and
your rights as concerns your DNA.
Taylor Family Genes takes your privacy and other rights seriously. We do not want to publish
anything on this site or elsewhere that would jeopardize either your privacy or security.
Nor, do we want to take away any of your rights.
On the other hand, we have learned that genealogy -- and especially
genetic genealogy -- is best accomplished as a cooperative enterprise
through the mutual efforts of several or many persons. "Solo genealogy" is a
lonely and expensive undertaking, often with less achievement than
cooperation. A major goal of the project and this
website is to help project members get in touch with those with whom they
Acceptance & agreement
Membership in the Taylor Family Genes project is wholly voluntary. By joining the Taylor Family Genes project, you agree that the project's administrative team
may access your FTDNA information and you agree to our policies stated
below. We encourage you to read this policy before joining.
order to address presently unanticipated issues. Those changes will be
posted here and you are advised to check regularly.
Changes will take effect immediately on posting unless otherwise stated.
Rights & Terminology
You have rights:
- You have the right not to join the project. It is your choice, not a
requirement, to join.
- You have the right to leave the project at any time for any reason
or for no reason at all.
- If you leave, you have the right to request that
the project delete all information (published or unpublished) about you.
We will abide by your request, though we may not be able to get other
parties to do so. A request to delete all your information will be taken
as a request to be dropped from project membership because we can not
our responsibilities without information.
- You own your DNA; you retain the rights to it. See DNA Rights below. .
- You have the right to request correction of any erroneous
information about you. Such requests will be carefully and promptly considered.
- You have the right not to submit additional information to the
project, although this may defeat your purpose for joining.
- You have the right to bring a violation of this policy to the
attention of our project administration team. We will, to the best of
our ability, correct the violation.
- You have the right to request changes to this, or any, project policy be
considered by project administration. If you do, we will consider and
inform you of our decision.
Rights you do not have:
- You do not have the right to violate others' privacy. You should
treat it with the same respect you expect from others. Do not give out
others' DNA test results publicly or in a general forum; do not publicly
associate others' names with kit numbers or test results.
- This does not prevent you from discussing your results and
others you match within your own family group.
- You do not have the right to censor or otherwise change others'
information. It is theirs, not yours.
- You do not have the right to specific decisions by project
administration. These decisions will be based on our knowledge and best
judgment, taking into account the best interests of all members.
- "You" or "your" means the person managing the account with
the testing company. This may or may not
be the sample donor.
- "Us", "we", "our" or "project" refers to the Taylor Family Genes project, a
surname DNA project sponsored by Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), and its
volunteer administrative team consisting of a project administrator and
- "Kit owner" or "kit manager" means the person who manages the account with the
testing company and has the right to make decisions regarding storage
and testing of a DNA sample; he or she is not necessarily the
sample (kit) donor.
- "Kit donor" means the person who provides a DNA sample for testing;
he or she is not necessarily the kit owner.
- "Member" usually means a kit owner who has joined the Taylor Family
Genes project. In context, it may mean, more specifically, a person
belonging to a particular genetic Taylor family.
- "Publish" means to make information publicly available.
- "Share" means to disclose information to a select group
- "Genetic family" means a group of persons determined through genetic
information to share a common biological ancestor or ancestors. Also see
- "Patriline" means a genetic family with a common direct paternal
ancestor or ancestors. Also see the glossary.
What we do publish or share
We publish some information on our public website and share some
information with other project members you match.
We publish a limited amount of information about each member who has
given his or her permission to Family Tree DNA or to the Project
specifically. That publicly-available information includes:
- The kit number assigned to your sample by FTDNA;
- Your account surname and, with your permission, your full name,
- With your permission, your e-mail address by which you may be contacted. It will be modified so as to protect it from automated "harvesting" by spammers.
You may request that it not be published.
- If you request it, a "Do not contact." or a "No further
information available" statement.
- If you are placed in a Taylor genetic family (also known as a group
or patriline), we may publish:
- The kit numbers, surnames and earliest known (most distant)
ancestors of those placed in the group.
- The group's yDNA modal values Your values may differ slightly from
the modal values.
- The group's yDNA haplogroup designation. All members of a genetic
family -- if we have done our work properly -- will be of the same
- We may publish information about the genetic family, either submitted
by members or from other sources.
- We may publish analyses of genetic information to assist
- We may
also publish genetic network diagrams to illustrate how group members
are differentiated. This information can be used to determine branches
of a family.
- If not in a Taylor genetic family, we may publish your yDNA haplogroup designation;
In the family trees section of the project website:
- This is a wholly voluntary service to project members. None are
required to participate but many find it beneficial in making
connections with their Taylor cousins,.
- If submitted by you, a family tree or Taylor lineage information,
- If you submit a Taylor lineage tree to us, we will interpret submission
as permission to publish unless you specify otherwise. By
submitting, you grant the right to publish to
Taylor Family Genes. If you
do not want it published, do not submit without so specifying.
- We will delete and not publish names of persons suspected to be living. We
will delete and not publish mothers' maiden names for living persons.
- We will edit your tree to our standard format to facilitate
searching for common ancestors.
- We will not censor the information you submit, though we may ask
you to correct errors (such as a father born after his son) which we
- We may, at our discretion, decline to publish your tree.
- We will not vouch for accuracy of information you submit.
- If submitted, the migration pattern (state to state or country to
country) for your family;
- If submitted; other significant surnames in your family, and
- Comments or notes which you may append to your family tree.
- We may publish haplotrees showing how project members are related or
not related. It may be possible, under some circumstances, for your
identity to be discovered from this information; however, we will seek
to avoid your identification.
- To facilitate attainment of project goals and maintain
accountability to our project members, we will publish project summary statistics
with no identification of any specific members.
- To advance genetic genealogy in general and Taylor genealogy
specifically, we may, from time to time, conduct and publish studies based in part on your
information. However, you and your information will not be individually
- As an educational service to our project members and the public, we
will publish genetic genealogy information (not specific to you) about
genealogy and genetic genealogy pertinent to the Taylor surname.
Prior to publication, submitted information may be edited to fit our standardized format or for other
What we share
When we find genealogically-significant genetic matches between project
members, we will send you a "Your yDNA Report" with copies to the
project members you
match. We copy them because the same data affects them too and the copies
facilitate necessary information exchange among family members.
These reports will typically contain the following information:
- Your name and e-mail address.
- Your haplogroup designation as determined by FTDNA, a statement
about the genealogical meaning of your haplogroup and the
percentage of Taylors in your macro-haplogroup.
- General information, if applicable, about your haplotype, e.g., a "WAMH
badge" and its meaning to you.
- Your ySTR matches as reported by FTDNA, both the total number in the FTDNA database and the
number within the Taylor Family Genes project, along with a statement as
to their genealogical significance.
- At 12 markers -- These matches usually not considered as
genealogically significant In the event they are deemed
significant, information about project members you match will be
given as for 37 markers below.
- At 25 markers -- These matches are usually of dubious genealogical
significance; some may be significant but we prefer to evaluate at
- At 37 markers -- These matches are at the lowest resolution for
which we begin to have reasonable confidence. We will list the names
of project members you match, with a link to e-mail them, and a
statement as to TMRCA probabilities.
- At 67 markers -- These matches add precision and confidence.
Information about project members you match will be given as for 37.
- At 111 markers -- These matches have the most precision and
confidence presently available in ySTR. Information about project
members you match will be given as for 37.
Our sharing is with your family members. Project membership plus a significant DNA match
establishes a presumption of relatedness, membership in the same
- To the extent that ySNP results are relevant to your genealogy, we
may share them.
- We share with, and give names and contact information of, only
project members with whom you have DNA matches. We will not share
with, or give names of, project members you do not match.
- If you have no significant matches within the project, we will not
give matches' full names nor contact information. We may give surnames
if deemed relevant,
- A conclusion as to the genealogical meaning of your matches and
whether you are assigned to a Taylor genetic family.
- Other information which we believe important to your understanding of
your DNA results.
- An invitation to contact us if you have questions and a thank-you for
The above reports contain only information that recipients (main addressee or
copied) could obtain for themselves by other means. However, we believe
that the reports provide context for the information, make it more easily
understood and facilitate communication.
Administration team members have access to project members' information and
may share it among themselves in order to better serve members. Tem members
exercise discretion in this sharing and do not disseminate more widely..
Account Names, Contacts & Genealogical Information
The name appearing on the testing company's account for the kit (i.e., sample)
is the name the project will use in communications or reports. It need not
be the real name of the kit donor or kit owner and possibly is not.
However, in order for us to help you, we request that contact information for
the kit owner be accurate and current. We also request that genealogical information for deceased ancestors be
accurate. Such accuracy is essential to the project's work in establishing
connections between Taylors.
What Family Tree DNA publishes
Family Tree DNA will publish on its website,
information about you, subject to its policies and practices. The list below
summarizes our understanding of the current publication status.
- For public access, information about your yDNA and/or mtDNA results
- To those you match by yDNA or mtDNA
- Your (kit owner) name;
- Your genetic distance from the matching person;
- Your haplogroup assignment;
- Your earliest known (most distant) paternal &/or maternal ancestor;
- The cumulative probability, by generation, of sharing a common ancestor;
- Your picture and GEDCOM file, if submitted.
- Your e-mail addresses.
- You may elect to keep the above private and not displayed at some
testing levels. However, we discourage the practice for levels above 37
markers because it defeats
the usual purpose of testing.
- To those you match by autosomal DNA (e.g., Family Finder)
- Your name and e-mail address
- Your picture and GEDCOM file, if submitted.
- Your e-mail addresses.
- The degree or amount of matching DNA
- The inferred degree of relationship
- A depiction of chromosomes and DNA blocks on which you match
See also https://www.familytreedna.com/privacy-policy.aspx.
What we do not publish
There is information we do not and will not publish. That includes:
- Names of living persons other than yourself. (Please do not name
living persons in your trees.)
- Birth dates and/or places for living persons, including yourself.
- Your mother's maiden name or maiden names of other living
- Names &/or contact information which the member has requested not to
- Your individual DNA results.
- Your postal or residential address; or
- Your telephone number.
- Your health or health risk information.
There is information we do not want, actively avoid and will delete if
given. We do not want your testing company account password, nor financial
information, nor anything else unrelated to your genealogy.
We do not collect, track or compile personal data from visitors to our websites,
though we may collect anonymous summary statistics.
We do not sell, rent or give personal information about you to other people, companies or organizations unless you have explicitly asked us to do so.
We do not usually share project members' information with other project
members, merely because of project membership. We look, first, for evidence of
If requested by another person to supply information about you, we will forward the request to you
for handling as you choose. By forwarding the request, we simply inform you
of it; we neither endorse
nor discourage your response.
There may be information which falls into neither the "will publish" or
"won't publish", "will share" or "won't share", areas. We MAY publish it or share it in a
limited fashion if deemed of sufficient
genealogical interest and the prospect of benefit outweighs the risk of harm.
However, we will endeavor, as much as possible, to render the information
anonymous so that it is not identifiable to you.
In order to help you better or advance our own understanding, we may
share a limited amount of your anonymized information with outside expert consultants. (We don't
know everything and some situations stump us.) We may share
some of your information with FTDNA in order to resolve problems affecting you.
In any grey area, we will exercise reasonable precautions to protect your privacy and
Studies & Reports
A major goal of Taylor Family Genes is to study Taylor DNA and publish reports
of our findings.
The purpose of these studies and reports is to advance knowledge and
understanding of genetic
genealogy generally and for the Taylor surname specifically. For examples, see
Y-DNA and Surname Association and
Y Haplotype Rarity.
We will conduct studies to explore aspects of genetic genealogy and may
cooperate in studies by others. Your genetic information may be included in
these studies. However:
- Such studies shall be non-profit, without financial motive. We will not,
without your specific consent, conduct, cooperate nor participate in any study
using your information and resulting in
financial gain to any party.
- Your identity will not usually be relevant to these studies. In the
event it becomes relevant, we will obtain your consent before using your
- Your information, if provided for research purposes, will be anonymous
to eliminate or minimize as far as possible any risk of identifying you or others.
We will publish findings and summary statistics of studies we conduct to
learn more about Taylor DNA. Report narratives and summary statistics will
not identify individuals. Raw data tables, if provided for peer review or
independent evaluation of findings, will be anonymized to minimize risk of identifying you
This section states the project's intentions as to ownership of DNA
samples, tests and results. Testing companies and/or applicable laws may establish
different conditions, beyond project control. You are advised to review company policies and laws
Basic Principle: You own your DNA
You own your DNA; you retain the rights to it. Your DNA does not belong
to the project; we merely have access to, and use results of, analytic tests by
the testing company . Your ownership rights vis-à-vis a testing company or other parties
are matters between you and them.
We will not
order tests of your DNA without your specific consent. We will not make decisions concerning disposition of your DNA
The Taylor Family Genes project will follow ISOGG standards as stated
not violate testing company policies nor
applicable laws. If receiving information that we may have violated such a
policy or law, we will endeavor to correct the violation to the best of our
We reserve the right to use results of analytic tests of your DNA to
indicate your genealogy and that of other project members. We reserve the right
to draw genealogical conclusions from those results. We reserve the right to
share our conclusions and their basis with your genetic family. We reserve the
right to publish, without identifying you, information using your results as
part of a whole.
A kit owner may designate a beneficiary to manage a DNA account when or
if the kit owner is no longer able. The project will consider beneficiaries
to be the kit owners, succeeding the prior kit owners.
Kit Owners vs. Kit Donors
Sometimes, a donor will provide a DNA sample but not desire to be
actively engaged in the rest of the process. For example, a woman wishing to
trace her paternal ancestry may collect a DNA sample from a cousin with the
(presumed) same patriline; she may become the kit owner but her cousin is
the kit donor.
Ownership rights between kit owners and kit donors are matters to be decided
by the two parties and not the project. We will not take sides, nor intervene, in disputes between
kit donors and kit owners. We have no standing or authority in such
Our policy is that, unless informed otherwise, the kit owner has the right to
order tests, receive communications about results and matches and consent to
publication of information. If so informed, the project reserves the right to drop
the kit in question from project membership. If
requested by the kit owner, we will also communicate with the kit donor.
See also this policy by FTDNA:
We do have some recommendations for the kit donor and kit owner, if not the same person:
- The kit donor and kit owner should come to agreement on subsequent rights
before the test is ordered or sample provided.
- The kit donor and kit owner should reach agreement on the name and
contact information on the testing company's account, as well as who
is to receive communications about results, matches and related matters.
- The kit donor and kit owner should reach agreement on disclosure of
- The kit donor and kit owner should reach agreement on rights to
order additional tests and upgrades.
The project may, from time to time, sponsor
DNA tests -- that is, pay all or part of a test's cost. Such sponsorship
constitutes an agreement to join the project and for the project to use the
results from the sponsored test and any subsequent tests.
Recipients of project-sponsored tests have the same rights as all other
project members. The project will consider recipients of project-sponsored tests to be the
Project sponsorship does not confer to the project any ownership rights for
the DNA sample. Nor, does it confer to the project the right to order additional tests or upgrades.
Even if project-sponsored, consent of the kit owner (e.g,, sponsorship
recipient) is always required to order a test or upgrade.
See also this policy by FTDNA:
Sometimes, a person (who does not wish to be a kit owner) will pay for
testing by a kit donor. Our policy is that a decision to provide
a DNA sample or not is solely the right of the donor. The project will not
attempt to coerce an unwilling donor.
We recommend that private sponsors pay for a test only after a sample is
received by the testing company. We also recommend that private sponsors get
donor consent prior to additional tests or upgrades.
See also this policy by FTDNA:
Your role in privacy
You, too, should be cautious about disseminating information, especially
on the Internet or social media. Do not give your FTDNA
password to anyone you don't completely trust. We caution about posting your test results
online to unsecured websites.
This isn't because we think there is anything particularly harmful in the
data. FTDNA's tests are designed to minimize information about health risks.
Nor, is someone likely to suffer discrimination for test results few can
make sense of. It's just that it's of a private nature.
Frankly, posting your
DNA results publicly is a fruitless way to find matches. The needed data is
voluminous and complex. Manual comparison of results is tedious and few
will bother to do it on the slim chance there may be a match.
Remember that common courtesy (and sometimes the law) requires you to have
permission before revealing someone else's private information.
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