Re: The Power of (McDowell) DNA
If "The McDowell Project IS open to all Male and Female McDowell Descendants," why have you not accepted me into the McDowell Project with discussions between us that go back over at least 5 years now? Unless things have changed in the last couple of years when we last corresponded, your statement is simply*not*accurate. You told me specifically that I was not entitled to join the McDowell DNA Project UNLESS I came up with a DNA donor from my own line.
That said, my goal is not to bicker, it is to make progress in McDowell research for ALL comers... therefore, I feel hopeful that you will *finally* begin getting those permissions from your "inner circle" and post the genealogies and DNA results for those lines online(sounds like you do not recall I shared the same suggestion with you last we communicated).
As I offered before, I would be happy to assist in this effort; coding and setting up an indexed website similar to what we offer in the Dewhi/urst DNA Project with the same simple rules: 1) nothing is posted without permission of the submittor of the research, 2) no info on living generations is ever posted, 3) while links out of the McDowell line to other websites can be used, the charts are stopped where a female leaves the line, 4) it is up to the researcher to choose to have a link to their email posted on the website or not. If they do not want their email posted, I act as an intermediary where requests come in.
The McDowell DNA Project has only to gain by opening itself up! I have a hunch that as you begin to get more permissions, the floodgates of more permissions will come in - that is what happened to me in the Dewhi/urst Project.
And, by the way, please differentiate between *frustration* and "anger." As genealogists committed to filling out our family trees, I share in the "frustration" that Mike, Barbara and others feel w/o any anger, just sadness that a few folks seem to feel so afraid. We are all evolving in this internet world and we are talking about folks who have passed.
Descendants of McDowell daughters are probably all quite nice people who can add lots to the conversation where others are willing to include us.