I’ve had more than one “cousin” grow tired of genealogy. We met through the Internet and exchanged months of information back and forth, sometimes going late into the night. After a while, they were done with it. Either they didn’t like what they found or grew tired of never finding it. I certainly can’t blame them. It’s time consuming and often unfruitful.
If we’re looking for an identity, believe it or not, dead ancestors can help us understand who we are and from whence we came. But if we’re looking for a final determination, we’ll be disappointed. What the DNA testing companies are telling us is where our ancestors were, based on large populations of others who were there too. Genealogy is not simple. If we’re putting labels on our ancestors, better to make them temporary. It’s not about where they’re from, it’s where they’ve been. We pay good money to have our DNA tested, hoping to find answers. Instead, we find a plethora of ethnicities to sort through. Our “ancestry” is more like a modern-day vacation itinerary than a final label.
Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors, Secret Genealogy III – From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians, Secret Genealogy IV – Native Americans Hidden in Our Family Trees, Secret Genealogy V– Black, White and Hamite; Ancestors of Color in Our Family Trees and Secret Genealogy VI – Freemasons, Jewish Conquistadors and the Holy Family, Secret Genealogy VII – DNA, Jumping Into the Gene Pool. A High Tech Gathering of the Tribes, Available here:
Secret Genealogy: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0965114082
Secret Genealogy II: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484053222
Secret Genealogy III: http://www.amazon.com/dp/148407579X
Secret Genealogy IV: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1500756105
Secret Genealogy V: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01HJ622DU
Secret Genealogy VI: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY35VCP
Secret Genealogy VII: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078X5F7YP