Your unique test kit number will accompany your collection tube to the testing lab. The computer-generated number and your surname is the only information about you that the testing facility will see. Once your test has been completed the results of the DNA test will be entered in a secure database. A comparison between your specific genetic results and those of others in the database will then be performed.
If a genetic match is found between you and another person in the database and you have each signed the release form you will be informed via email.
If a genetic match is found between you and another individual who enters the library at some time in the future, both will be given the information that a potential match is in the database provided that BOTH of you have signed the release form. Only if both parties agree will contact information concerning the separate parties be made available to the other party. In this way, all persons in the database will have the right to decide if they want to contact their genetic match(es).
Privacy and confidentiality will be strictly maintained.
Family Tree DNA provides the option to participate in one or more group projects. This may help you learn more by working with others who may share similar ancestry. If you choose to participate in a project, the group administrator will be able to view your results and contact information so that he or she may best help members of the project learn about their ancestry. The full mtDNA sequence test contains some genes in the coding region (CR). By default, these results are unavailable to the group administrators. You may choose to allow your group administrators to view your coding region results by using the checkboxes available on the User Preferences page of your personal page.
A public website displaying member results is often created so that members can share information more easily. The free website that Family Tree DNA provides to projects allows results to be listed by kit number or computer generated number. Results tables and maps on the free website may include a participant’s oldest known ancestor, the ancestor’s country of origin, surname, and full name. You may join or leave projects at any time after your results are posted at no charge.