I’d appreciate some help constructing a citation for the results of a pair of autosomal DNA tests undertaken to prove or disprove whether two living individuals are related to each other. The tests were conducted by FamilyTreeDNA, which has informed me that it does not have a recommended citation format.
I’ve studied the QuickCheck models for Professional Reports Genetic Testing, EE p. 171 (2007 edition) and Corporate Records Online Database, p. 165, and the examples in Section 4.10, Genetic Databases (Corporate Sponsored), pp. 183-184. The QuickCheck Genetic Testing model is for a single autosomal test but is in the form of an individual (paper?) report; the examples in Section 4.10 are for non-autosomal tests whose results were accessed via an online database. It seems advisable to me to follow the Section 4.10 examples generally, making whatever changes are appropriate due to the different type of test involved.
In the case I need help with, there are two autosomal DNA tests involved and the results are accessible only online, initially via a “match list” and then via a spreadsheet and a graphic presentation, the latter two of which show the two parties’ matching segments of DNA on each autosomal chromosome. (While neither test alone provides evidence of one party’s relationship to the other, the results of both tests are accessible through either one’s account.) There are no haplotypes or haplogroups to report.
I’ve identified the following citation elements, to which I’ve added my questions and comments, if any:
Corporate creator/author: FamilyTreeDNA
Web site title: (It’s no longer Mitosearch but rather the same as the corporate creator, so it’s not necessary to include the repetitious title.)
Database: (The web site now has more than one database, the relevant one in this case being “Family Finder.” It includes the match list, spreadsheet and graphic mentioned above. Should I cite this as “‘Family Finder’ database” or as “‘Family Finder – Matches’ database and match list” and/or “‘Family Finder – Chromosome Browser’ database and graphic?)
URL/digital location: http://www.FamilyTreeDNA.com
Date: accessed 17 July 2012 (or could I move some of the information from the Database section here by saying “‘Matches’ and ‘Chromosome Browser’ downloaded 17 July 2012”?)
Item of interest: (What should I put here? Records are accessed by the kit number or user name plus the password of one of the individuals tested. However, the company cautions against sharing one’s kit number and password. And if I use the above “‘Matches’ and ‘Chromosome Browser’ downloaded 17 July 2012” option, could I include the Item of Interest details with that information rather than putting them here, separately?)
Based on the above, my tentative proposal for the first reference note is:
FamilyTreeDNA, “Family Finder” database, (http://www.FamilyTreeDNA.com : “Matches” and “Chromosome Browser” for [one party’s user name, which is her real name] downloaded 17 July 2012.)
I apologize for the length of this question, but I thought it would be more efficient to voice all of my major concerns at once. Thanks very much for any suggestions.