Thursday, September 22, 2016
DNA AND GENEALOGY - What is real? What is truthful?
In order to confirm DNA matching, a scientist requires live dna. This can be from saliva, bone marrow, the pulp of teeth, - L I V E tissue. So do you find it confusing when someone lists
Smith, John (DNA PROVEN!)
Born 3-16-1532 Northumberland,
England Died 12-1-1600 Massachusetts
How is it possible unless they went to Massachusetts and dug up his grave only to find dust and very brittle, non viable pulp in the marrow? Can they add water and reconstitute it like hot cocoa? Well actually they CAN - but they don't. They pay it forward, So when I am wrong, I admit it. At Roots Tech today I learned that basically what they do is take the paper genealogies of those people who claim lineage to someone famous, for example. Then they do DNA tests on them. When they find a chain leading back 10 generations of Y haplo groups, apparently that is all that is needed. It's getting to be a more amazing world each day. I hope I always learn something new every day of my life - especially with Family History.
However, I still stand firm that it is inappropriate to label your ancestor with (DNA PROVEN!) or use anything other than a first name or last name in the appropriate fields. If you feel the need to add this note. You can, in Ancestry add an EVENT - and choose other - then write how it was proven. In Family Search, you can add a Story - and document how you personally know that DNA has been proven.
Karen Meyer - updated 2-8-2017
LiveScience.com says "Several companies now claim that for as little as $100 and a swab of the inner cheek, they can reveal a person's family tree and ancestral homeland.
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