Just a reminder!

We really would appreciate your answer to our survey concerning whether or not you MIGHT be interested in attending a reunion in 2019. We understand that everyone can’t attend every reunion so don’t hesitate to answer the survey. We also understand that you might have to change your mind as the date draws near, so please answer the survey now even if your answer might change later.

So far about 10 have replied to our Survey

Included in replies were Karen DiPaolo, Deborah DePollo, Judy DePollo, Gary DePollo, Susan McGinn, Bernice McGinn,  Toni DePollo, Virginia Robins Jones, Jaci Emery, Lorretta DePollo James. If your name isn’t here please fill-out and submit the survey again.

(Note; there was a problem with the original survey form and names of the submitter were not collected. This newer survey form was created and the names above did show. Gathering names helps to know if the submitter was  legitimate or not)



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Did you DNA Test?

We would like to hear from anyone who has had a DNA test. There are many different testing services available. The results can vary slightly between the different testing services.

For those seeking to discover genealogical relationships DNA testing is a “tool” for part of their research, but is not a source for hard facts. You need to piece it together with all the research and documented support, family history handed from parent to child and various official records.

All DNA testing is not linked

Unfortunately it seems that if you’ve taken a DNA test from one service it is not shared with results in another service. So, that a problem when you test with Ancestry DNA and other persons known to be related to you take a DNA test with 23&Me. Neither of you will show the other in the results each of you receive from your service. By testing with multiple DNA services you might see previously unknown relationships as well as known ones. In other words you’d have to do your own ‘sharing’ of results. Multiple tests means greater cost so it’s unlikely that most people will do a DNA test with several different companies. We would like to ‘compare’ and link results by seeing the results that family members have gotten from any DNA test they’ve taken.

Some thing to consider. . .

The executive director at the Center for Genetics and Society, said “When you provide your genetic information to a DNA testing company, you are also providing information about those related to you — including distant cousins. When your relatives, including distant ones whom you may not even know, provide their DNA, they are also providing genetic information about you.”

It was also noted that while testing companies stress that DNA data is “de-identified” to protect privacy, data shared with researchers can be re-identified in many cases. DNA testing therefore might connect someone to a crime scene, a domestic issue or an accident. Law enforcement would be one example of requests to use DNA from a testing company without the consent of the submitter, and re-identify it. Its already been done recently!


A 2008 law called the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act forbids discrimination based on genetic information and that would include firing someone because they have a gene that predisposes to an expensive disease. But it would also be hard to prove an employer did that!

DNA testing provides an ‘educated’ assumption of relationships.

Haplogroup is the term scientists use to describe a group of Y-chromosome (or mitochondrial) sequences that are more closely related to one another than to others. One of the major DNA test services recently modified their DNA reporting to re-name the haplogroup subgroup segments with their intent of further refining the reporting they provide. The haplogroup segments apparently aren’t sub-divided and named the same at each DNA testing company.

Most of your genetic relatives will actually fall outside of your haplogroup, because your haplogroup only tells you about direct paternal-line or maternal-line ancestors. Typically, the DNA mutations that define a haplogroup occurred thousands of years ago, so it’s possible that many pairs of people who share a haplogroup are not actually closely related.

DNA test reports can be confusing. To understand them means you need to spend a lot of time studying the explanation that the different services provide. Not all services use the same methods of reporting results. The software the DNA testing service uses may be specific to the particular DNA testing service and the results they report will be based on their particular software capability.

Percent DNA Shared by Relationship

To help in interpreting results, the following summarizes the average percent (%) DNA shared for different types of relationships. You may notice that several relationships share the same average percent (%) DNA.  

RelationshipAverage % DNA SharedRange [1]
Identical Twin100%N/A
Parent / Child
Full Sibling
50%Varies by specific relationship  
Grandparent / Grandchild
Aunt / Uncle
Niece / Nephew
Half Sibling
25%Varies by specific relationship
1st Cousin12.5%7.31% – 13.8%
1st Cousin once removed6.25%3.3% – 8.51%
2nd Cousin3.13%2.85% – 5.04%
2nd Cousin once removed1.5%0.57% – 2.54%
3rd Cousin0.78%0.3% – 2.0%
4th Cousin0.20%0.07% – 0.5%
5th Cousin0.05%Variable
6th Cousin0.01%Variable

You can find a list of the average percent of autosomal DNA shared by close relatives on the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) website

The popularity of DNA testing has grown into an industry with many service providers. A search for the top DNA test providers will provide you with names and user satisfaction ratings for many of these service companies. MyHeritage DNA is rated high, LivingDNA is rated high, Ancestry DNA is rated high, 23&Me is rated high and FamilyTree DNA is rated high. There are many other testing services. Some offer more than just genealogical reports. Higher in cost, but valuable health reports are a service of several testing company’s. Health reports can reveal inherited risks passed from one generation to descendants.

One thing to note is that when these services give you the name of an individual from their database as a possible relative it is because that person has also submitted DNA samples to the DNA service that have similar markers. Further, if that person claims, (through the data they provided) a relationship to what appears to be an ancestor of yours the ‘educated’ assumption is that this is a valid confirmation of your relation to the other DNA submitter. It is not a guarantee of a relationship, but an ‘educated’ assumption.

As we said, we would like to hear from those who have had a DNA test. If you have a report that can be attached to an email we’d appreciate seeing a copy. If your report is not in a format that allows it to be attached right now you might scan the report, or use a digital camera (smartphone) to photograph it.

We have an offer by a descendant of Felix Powell (Feliciano DiPaolo) to pay for DNA tests for direct line male descendants of Joseph DePollo (Guiseppe DiPaolo). This offer is made with the hope of gaining another factor to confirm their relationship as siblings.

Send us a copy of your DNA report

Email the copy of your DNA report to us at;   We will not publish the specifics related to any person’s individual report, but may in the future summarize all reports submitted.

If you (only male direct line descendants of Guiseppe DiPaolo) are interested in the offer to have a DNA test kit provided please send your request to the same email address noted here. We will pass your request along to the Felix Powell descendant who offered to pay for the DNA test.

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Revised 2019 Reunion Survey

A couple problems with the first release of the 2019 Reunion Survey Post resulted in this updated version. There should no longer be an issue with entering your email address. Sorry for the error, Please report any problems and we’ll try to correct it.

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