How to Manage family DNA tests for cousins who donated DNA but won't join here and want me to show them confirmed DNA

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Cousins gave me DNA samples to manage which I do on gedmatch with my email, they are living but do not desire membership or their email listed here - how do I do DNA confirmation?
in WikiTree Help by Tony Norris G2G4 (4.4k points)

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Hi Tony,

As Dennis said, we no longer allow this, for privacy reasons.

You can still do DNA confirmations based on their tests, though. Just don't use their names in the source citations. We recommend initials, so that you and close family members will know who they are, but others will not.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Lynda Crackett

"We recommend initials..."  An early version of the new DNA Confirmation page did recommend using initials.  Subsequently, the use of initials was removed from the confirmation statements; see the example for Ancestry DNA.  If initials are allowed (and I wish they were), it would be nice to know.

I just use kit numbers, and for Y results include a screen shot of the group. That info is available to public and is anonymous.
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unfortunately, stricter privacy policies have been put into place such that DNA test info has to be managed by separate email login accounts.
by Dennis Wheeler G2G6 Pilot (532k points)
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Only one tester needs to have a Wikitree account.  If the other DNA match is a Wikitreer, you can confirm by DNA.  See

The other option would be to convince your cousins to sign up for a family member account (you can create the account and invite them), add their DNA test, assign you as a profile manager, and then they can unsubscribe from emails.  See Help:Suspending Your Participation. I know...I know.  Easier said than done.

by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (129k points)

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