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Genetic testing for your ancestors, but is it safe.

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by clearconscience, Apr 9, 2016.

  1. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    I've always wanted to do a DNA test to see where my family and lineage came from. I don't have much family info since my family isn't close.
    I thought about using ancestry.com, but I've always been worried about the use of that info getting into the gestopos hands when the country turns.

    And this article proves it may not be all that secure.

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ancestry-com-caught-sharing-dna-information-police-warrant/


    Any one know of a more secure option?
     
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  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    o_OGet more homies - better then long lost family;).

    Honestly I don't really think anything you post on the net is safe so run from it or embrace it but there are no 100% safe ways to secure your information.

    Edit: If you have blue eyes then we share relatives at some point upstream supposedly.
     
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  3. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Well I was just thinking I had to do some genetic testing through Kaiser since my mom tested positive for a cancer causing gene.

    So I guess I'm already in the database anyway.
     
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    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  5. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Anything you share with somebody else is no longer private - especially not from the government.

    The best way to keep a secret, is to tell nobody.

    So if you don't want the gov. to have your DNA, don't give it to anybody.
     
  6. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    Very often you don't need any kind of genetic-based test to establish your ancestry - up to a point. A few years back, TCD was researching the most common family names in the two non-Irish-named counties of Waterford and Wexford, and adjacent Co. Cork, where there are LOTs of Foleys. The name is a modern version of 'foghláda' - raider or plunderer. Seems that 90% of our genetic make-up comes from Southern Scandinavia...the blue eyes, large frame, fair hair and generally nordic appearance of most all the Foleys that I know tends to offer support in that respect. Some sneaky Finnish female must have submitted to the wiles of one of my ancestors, as I'm a former redhead, with sticky-out cheeks and green eyes, but that is another story.

    If you have a name that you think may be of British origin, you might need to check that one out. Fer'instance, most folks in the USA called Johnson are actually Johansson... It's true that most who have retained their Germanic names are Germanic in origin, but then, so are most of us who are Caucasian. The same goes for French, Spanish and Italian. Very few immigrants came from Uzbekistan or Tibet.

    No cheatin' with a 'Mayflower' name, we know everything about THEM.

    tac
     
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  7. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    MUCH more likely then that theory is that long about the 800's the Vikings started sweeping through the British Isles and doing their thing which of course included banging the locals. SO I would say the woman who was submitted was Irish. Course you could be right the Viking women might have wanted some strange too!
     
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  8. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    There is no BUBBLEGUMMING way I'd (voluntarily) mail in any genetic material for gawd knows who to do gawd knows what with... my attitude is thus:

    ANYONE can be a "sperm donor" or a "schvanse garage" (the mentally challenged do it all the time), but "family" are the ones who were/are there for you when things were tough in life and not just when things were easy. o_O
     
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  9. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Most of my ancestry comes from the British Isles (Ireland and England - documented Mayflower boy here) as well as Scandinavia. I'm fortunate to still have family in Sweden that I'm in contact with, and one is a genealogist. It's interesting you mention Scandinavians in the British Isles because she has fully documented our Swedish family line back at least 1,000 years, and that includes a man by the name of Sygtrygg Silkbeard Olafsson, a regional leader/king in Ireland (Dublin), and who himself was Nordic/Scandinavian in heritage. He was a contemporary of Brian Boru, and married one of his daughters. I'm still waiting for her to someday try and get that information translated to English so I can incorporate it into our family tree here.
     
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  10. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    Hey, that's my Grandmotherx23 you are talking about there, pal!

    A bit more respect for an older lady, right?

    tac
     
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  11. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    BRAWL IN THE PUB!! :eek:
     
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    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    That guy on TV might wish someday that he hadn't been so quick to trade his lederhosen for a kilt.
     
  13. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    If it weren't for the Vikings, we'd all have brown eyes.

    LOL!
     
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  14. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Methinks you may be correct!
     
  15. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Speaking for my Nordic ancestors....you're welcome ;)
     
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  16. Martini_Up

    Martini_Up NW USA Well-Known Member

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    ... and if it weren't for the Vikings, we would all have round heads (instead of square) LOL!!
     
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  17. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Don't be a BB head and forget the SQUARE JAWLINE!! o_O





    :D
     
  18. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I don't give a dang which great, great, great, great, great grandpappy tapped which barmaid in 1746!

    If the government wants my dna, they'll have to come and use a blotter. I'm not sending it to anyone!
     
  19. tac

    tac UK, Oregon and Ontario. Well-Known Member

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    Want MY DNA?

    μολὼν λαβέ

    tac
     
  20. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    I come from a long and noble line of Rednecks and Hillbilly's.
    As for looking into the family tree , I'm a little worried it might just look like a palm tree ...
    Little to no branches. LOL
    Just kidding.
    Andy
     
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