1. Is Dee Dee King part of the Navy?
A. No. Each of the Military Services contracts with professional genealogists to update case files of "Unaccounted-For" service members associated with World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War, and the Gulf War. In July of 2009, Dee Dee King, Certified Genealogist was selected by the US Navy Casualty POW/MIA Branch to serve as its Contract Professional Genealogist. See Navy authorization letter. Ms. King was awarded a new contract for these services in June, 2014.
2. What private or personal information do you collect about the family?
A. Ms. King's only task is to develop a limited family tree that identifies:
(1) The legal Primary Next of Kin for each family, and
(2) Family members eligible to provide mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) or yDNA Family Reference Samples (FRS). The only additional information that is collected is the name, address, and telephone number of the volunteer donors and family contacts. No one from this office would ever ask for driver license or Social Security numbers or financial information!
3. Why doesn't Navy just contact us?
A. Military personnel files often have limited family contact information. Especially in these older cases, the files may have the contact information for family members who are now deceased or whose whereabouts are now unknown. It is the genealogist's job to identify the currently living relatives and provide that information to Navy so that Navy can contact the family.
4. I am a family member, why wasn't I contacted?
A. Ms. King's task is to identify two FRS donors. Once the first two have been identified, Ms. King's search stops and the report is submitted to Navy.
5. What happens after the report is submitted?
A. A representative of the Navy Casualty POW/MIA Branch contacts the family members identified in the report. Navy arranges for a DNA testing kit to be sent to the donors. Ms. King does not send the kits. Once her report is submitted to Navy, that case file is closed and Ms. King continues work on other Navy cases.
6. Why do you want DNA from the maternal side and the paternal side?
A. The maternal lines pass on mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). mtDNA is very stable over several generations and when remains are in adverse conditions for long periods of time. The addition of yDNA helps to give better test results in identifying remains.
7. What will this cost me?
A. Nothing. Navy furnishes the DNA testing kit and provides a postage-paid envelope to mail the kit to the testing laboratory.
8. What if I have more questions about this process?
A. The Navy person assigned to your case will provide additional information. Ms. King's task is to identify, locate, and report the family members.
9. Which cases are you currently working on?
10. How can I confirm that this is legitimate?
11. Why are you looking for my relatives?
A. The Navy Casualty Department, POW/MIA Branch assigns cases in conjunction with current and future projects of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA).