Re: Blood Groups ?..
- From: Doug McDonald <mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2007 11:15:37 -0600
Brian Pears wrote:
can spot the flaws in ... the misleading PR of certain so-called
academics with a vested interest in the field of DNA testing/
yes, there is that
They may well be able to spout knowledgeably about the routes taken
by their prehistoric forebears across Europe and Asia -
well, yes, sort of
However, great progress is being made in that area, especially
within Europe, by the "amateurs" on the Rootsweb genealogy-dna list.
Of course, as you point out , this is anthropology and not genealogy.
It only makes a general suggestion as to where your all-male
or all-female line ancestor came from. There is also progress
being made in using autosomes as general indicators of average
ancestral location or locations. Again, this is even less
(i.e. zero) help in doing genealogy.
We see such nonsense written about the benefits of DNA testing. One
poster on a DNA newsgroup recently posted something along the lines
of - my surname is LUMLEY but when I had a yDNA test my results
matched someone called BROWN, and, lo and behold, on the 1851 census
there was a family called BROWN living just two doors away from
my LUMLEYs - so obviously Mr BROWN must have fathered my gt gt
Well, if his DNA is a perfect match to a paper-proven
descendant of that Mr. Brown, then yes, I do believe he
is onto something about Mr. Brown's and Mrs. Lumley!
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