10 Year Pioneers Recognized by Family Tree DNA

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Family Tree DNA awarded plaques to their project administrators who have surpassed the 10 year mark.  Bennett mentioned that this group is a testament to citizen science.  I’m very pleased to be included, of course.  We’ve all been in this foxhole together for a decade now.  Thank you to Family Tree DNA for recognizing these folks.  The group is shown here and the list of individuals are:

  • Leo Baca
  • Mic Barnette
  • Janet Baker Burks
  • Roberta Estes
  • Robert Noles
  • Dyann Hersey Noles
  • Nora Probasco
  • Whitney Keen
  • Jim Barnett
  • Michael DeWitt McCown
  • James Rader
  • Steven Perkins
  • Ken Graves
  • Linda Magellan
  • Allan Grant
  • Katherine Hope Borges
  • Phillip Crow
  • George Valko
  • Therese Bucker
  • Nancy Custer
  • Peter Roberts
  • Louise Rorer Rosett
  • Jerry Cole

Of course, Max and Bennett are with us, Max on the far left and Bennett on the far right.  I think that Bennett is officially the first project administrator!

Here’s to another wonderful decade!!!



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11 thoughts on “10 Year Pioneers Recognized by Family Tree DNA

  1. Roberta, Congratulations !!!!! I should break down and go ahead and attend one of the FTDNA conferences. I bet you could have introduced me to most of these people. I might even have been included in your 10 year group photograph since I started the Maxwell group in 2002 and am kit 3204. If you get a moment go look at the new Maxwell DNA webpage http://www.maxwell-dna.com I hope you dont mind that I used a hyperlink to your work at DNAeXplaned? I had to start completely over (because my webmaster left me with no access to the passwords etc) and have a lot of work yet to do. Ive learned my lesson and now own the account, domain name etc.

    Best Wishes !!!!! Keep up the great work at DNAeXplained!!!!


    Donald P. Maxwell, Jr., M.D. 18700 Wolf Creek Drive Edmond, Okla. 73012

    NEW (as of Oct 2013) Maxwell DNA webpage address: http://www.maxwell-dna.com

    James Maxwell m Ann Cunningham Worldconnect Webpage: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=dmaxwelljr&id=I06185and http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=dmaxwelljr

    Date: Sun, 10 Nov 2013 19:40:38 +0000 To: dmaxwelljr@hotmail.com

    • Hi Don,

      I’m more than happy for you to link to anything I’ve written. That’s why I write:) I would love to meet you in person, and yes, you would have been among our group at the conference.


  2. Good for you! You make me wish that I were in Houston this weekend but your blog is the next best thing. Looking forward to reading about the highlights of this year’s conference once you get a chance to sort it all out. May then next ten years be as exciting as the last ten in genetic genealogy to blog about.

  3. Roberta and Don Maxwell, Newcomers like me are so grateful “old timers” like you two are willing to share what you’ve learned. I connected with Warren Power (http://www.familytreedna.com/public/POWER_et_al). He established the Power et al DNA page in Australia in 2002. I tested with SMGF in 2000 but didn’t learn the results until 2007 when I finally got them. I dare anyone else to beat waiting 7 years for their results! I probably hold the record. After I tested with FTDNA this year I joined the Vincent DNA Project. Even though I still don’t understand as much as I’d like, I couldn’t refuse when Terry Barton asked if I’d like to become a co-administrator. The previous administrator was stepping down because of poor health. I rely heavily on you guys with all the experience. You deserve so much more than plaques for your 100s of volunteer hours and selfless service. On behalf of us all who are new at this, thanks.

  4. Congratulations to all of you. Thank you for all you hard work and for what you teach all of us.
    You are all wonderful. I have learned a lot from your hard work and I am grateful for all of you.

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  6. Thank you, all. Wow, this is a great testament to commitment and fortitude to work through a decade of project administration. I can only imagine the nature of the tools in the early days and the need for empathy, hand holding and coaching.

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