The DNA Linking project – An Update

The DNA Linking service was launched in December 2013, with the goal of making it easier for researchers to find others with a shared interest in DNA research.

Sadly, since then, we have not processed a single request from researchers seeking to make contact with OXSIL users interested in cooperating on a DNA project.

In consequence, we have decided to amend the conditions for inclusion in our DNA Linking scheme to require membership of the Oxfordshire Family History Society’s “Geographical Dual DNA project”, in the hope this will make DNA Linking more relevant and encourage OXSIL users with DNA results to join the Geographical project.

If you are an OXSIL user with an FTDNA account but not a member of the Geographical project, we urge you to join. You can learn more about the project on the FamilyTreeDNA website. If you decide you would like to apply to join, you can do so from your FTDNA profile page. If you have not yet registered your surname interests on OXSIL, you are welcome to do so here.

If you do not have an FTDNA account, you can transfer your autosomal DNA data to FTNDA at no cost and then apply to join the Geographical project. Once you have transferred your data, you will receive a list of your autosomal matches from the FTDNA database and you will also have access to their “Family Finder Matrix”, which allows you to select and compare the autosomal DNA relationship between up to ten of your matches at one time. To do more, you can unlock all Family Finder features for a small fee ($19).

If you have questions, please get in touch using the Contact form or add a comment below.

Best regards

Paul Brazell, Wendy Archer and Bill Seary
OXSIL co-admins

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