Having received "QuickSheet: Citing Genetic Sources for History Research," I am still a bit confused on deciding how to handle citations for comparing multiple atDNA matches. For instance, using GEDmatch, I am comparing various atDNA cousin matches with two specific testers (i.e. "constants"). Do I create a seperate reference note for each comparison with the two constants? Or is there an simpler way to cite multiple comparisons?
For an Ancestry DNA Circle with 10 or more testers, should I create a citation for each match within the Circle, or can I just cite the Circle (which by its nature may be continuously changing)?
Should I bother to cite testers that are within a Circle, but do not fall within the parameters of matching both of the constants to whom I am comparing in order to make my case?
What about privacy issues? As one cannot see Ancestry DNA matches unless they are an account holder within the Circle (and it appears that Private trees may not even show up in the Circle), is the use of their various kit numbers a privacy issue? At what point does the reader just have to take my word for the matches, since few will be able to access this data to see for themselves? In the text of the article, I have used first names only for referring to various testers to preserve anonymity. But if I use kit numbers (for FamilyTree DNA and GEDmatch) or user i.d. (for Ancestry) in the citation, their anonymity is compromised to some degree.
Thanks for helping to untangle this new kind of spiderweb!