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Old 18th February 2013, 11:22 AM
ToddH ToddH is offline
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Defunct surname project?

I can't find an FAQ for what to do in case of a surname project which has been abandoned. I wrote to FTDNA over a week ago and have had no reply. It is not for my surname, but for one of my other lines, and I went looking there for clues. In the surname list it says there are 9 members, but the link to the website is broken. When I go to the website directly, it shows results for only 2 people. The person who used to administer it said she retired from it but could find no replacement.

Has anyone else experienced this?
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Old 18th February 2013, 12:16 PM
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I can't find an FAQ for what to do in case of a surname project which has been abandoned. I wrote to FTDNA over a week ago and have had no reply. It is not for my surname, but for one of my other lines, and I went looking there for clues. In the surname list it says there are 9 members, but the link to the website is broken. When I go to the website directly, it shows results for only 2 people. The person who used to administer it said she retired from it but could find no replacement.

Has anyone else experienced this?

If that is the case you can volunteer to take over as Admin.
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Old 19th February 2013, 11:30 AM
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If that is the case you can volunteer to take over as Admin.
Someone from FTDNA did write back today and said it did look abandoned, and they would love to appoint anyone as admin. I have no experience with that. Is it worth the trouble? What can one expect as an admin for a small project of 9 people? If it is the only way I can access the member data then I will probably volunteer.
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Old 19th February 2013, 01:31 PM
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For a project with 9 members I canít see it being a lot of work.

That said is this a rare surname? Are you interested in the surname or just your own ancestral connections to that surname? Are you interested in helping non-connected project members discover their own roots? Are you interested in tracing the historical development of the surname?
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Old 19th February 2013, 02:49 PM
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Yes it could be worth it to the people that join. We started the J1 L-1253 Project with 2 members and it has grown some. It was important to us and that was enough reason to take the responsibility for the project. It will not be very time consuming and you will learn as you go. Enjoy!
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Old 19th February 2013, 04:18 PM
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Yes it could be worth it to the people that join. We started the J1 L-1253 Project with 2 members and it has grown some. It was important to us and that was enough reason to take the responsibility for the project. It will not be very time consuming and you will learn as you go. Enjoy!
We now have 13 members tested positive for the J1-L1253 SNP that have joined our project.
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Old 19th February 2013, 08:26 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I am hearing from some others though that there can be problem members who send emails and complaints every day.

I have asked FTDNA about accessing the data while the project is headless. The FAQ states that FTDNA takes over a project until someone is found who will take it on. I'm hoping they will.

The name is not especially rare.
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Old 19th February 2013, 09:11 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I am hearing from some others though that there can be problem members who send emails and complaints every day.

I have asked FTDNA about accessing the data while the project is headless. The FAQ states that FTDNA takes over a project until someone is found who will take it on. I'm hoping they will.

The name is not especially rare.
Todd, I took over a project of just over 100 people about 1.5 years ago (now up to 130), and it's been a good experience. In all that time, I had one person with a little bit of a gripe, but we quickly resolved the issue which ended up being just a miscommunication. If you're really interested in keeping this project going and you have the time, I'd give it a try - you can always change your mind like others have done and stop if you need to.
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Old 20th February 2013, 08:02 PM
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How would one go about volunteering to take over a project that appears to have been abandoned?
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Old 20th February 2013, 08:28 PM
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How would one go about volunteering to take over a project that appears to have been abandoned?
E-mail or call the office.
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