RE: [genpcncfir] NYTimes.com: Stalking Strangers' DNA to Fill in theFamily Tree
- Dear Brer Bob,
The next time you are in town for an upcoming PCFR
meeting, do give me a holler. I would be as happy as a
child who had just run into the Easter Bunny.
To have come to Judy's do, which I learned about
late because like you I have too many fish in the
fryer, would have run me very short on time and even
shorter on sleep. Therefore, I did not chance it and
thus missed a golden opportunity to meet people who
have contributed so much to all our researches.
I agree with you about the DNA. Fortunately, some
kind soul included my great grandfather's name on my
grandmother's marriage certificate. Because of him, I
learned that William Kinsey McGowan was my great
I have no record of his marriage to his first
cousin Jacky Ann McGowan with whom he had daughter
Jenny Secession McGowan. All records except for the
Death Certificate of Jacky Ann McGowan list her as
Whatever the circumstances of the birth, like you,
I wanted to know where I came from and what made me
who I am. The circumstances don't really change me.
My great grandparents weren't the first couple to
have an out-of-wedlock child [if that is what
happened] and I doubt seriously that they will be the
last. Out of concern for us the six grandchildren,
though, I wish with all my heart that people had seen
things differently and had told us the truth from the
get-go, whatever that truth was.
Not having done so, left us thinking that something
was wrong with us. Children, especially, try to live
down their family histories if they are not trying to
live up to them.
We need more people like you in the world.
Thanks for speaking up, Carol
> Dear "jcbunc" -- My apologies for not remembering
> your name if you stated
> it before on this list, but I wanted to thank you
> for providing the link to
> that very interesting NY Times articles on genetic
> DNA testing. I've been a
> proponent of DNA testing as a genealogical research
> aid for some 5 yrs now,
> since I learned about it by volunteering for a
> Scottish DNA research
> project. I continue to be amazed and dismayed by
> all the misunderstandings
> engendered about it, but I'll say it once again --
> DNA typing has become an
> essential tool for anyone who's more than half
> serious about digging up
> their roots. To claim you're serious about
> genealogy while at the same
> time denouncing the value of DNA in that quest is
> kind of like proclaiming
> that the sun only comes out at night... they are
> irreconcilable statements
> in my opinion.
> Research your roots far enough back and we find
> we're all related to rogues
> as well as royalty. The majority of us likely have
> some 'non-paternal
> events' somewhere back in our past. I suspect the
> latter is the #1 reason
> why many folks decline to have their DNA tested. I
> like Mr. Grieve's quote
> in the article on that subject: "I don't put any
> blame on anybody... it
> would just be nice to know where I came from."
> The article was really well written in kind of
> tongue-in-cheek fashion (DNA
> pun intended I guess!), in that it brought out the
> dark side of some
> genealogical researchers... but in fact, just about
> everyone is overzealous
> in some pursuit or another.
> Which reminds me I need to get back to work... life
> has been very hectic
> lately but I'm glad to have run into a few of you at
> the PCFR meeting where
> I showed up late a couple weeks back... but was well
> worth it just converse
> with a few and enjoy some of Judy Lewis's
> pimento-cheese sandwiches. I've
> got emails from several of you running back to Jan.
> that I intend to answer
> sometime after taxes or the next project deadline or
> whenever I can come up
> for air...
> Y'all have a good week!
> Bob Forbes
> Original Message:
> From: jcbunc@...
> Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2007 07:54:24 -0700
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> Subject: [genpcncfir] NYTimes.com: Stalking
> Strangers' DNA to Fill in
> theFamily Tree
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> NATIONAL | April 2, 2007
> The DNA Age: Stalking Strangers' DNA to Fill in the
> Family Tree
> By AMY HARMON
> Inexpensive genetic testing is turning the
> once-staid pursuit of genealogy
> into an extreme sport.
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- Great article. Can anyone tell me where I can get this test done for $99? The cheapest I saw on the link in the article was $149. The article said it could be done for $99. Thanks, Diane---