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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #99 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:40 GMT (UK) »
I suppose you are aware that DNA testing is one type of evidence which is being used by an individual challenging his cousin's claim to an English title at the moment?

There are many cases written up in the scientific press that show that contamination is a problem, you may find out where the person doing the testing of your sample came from, but not your own origins.

I wouldn't trust any DNA test which wasn't taken professionally, and even then I'm not sure I'd be 100% certain, so many mistakes have been shown to have happened in the past.

My DNA was taken professionally as part of a medical university study as I carry a rare disease, but the professor still wants as many birth death and marriage records as possible as part of the study. DNA is not being used in isolation.

I would not spend money to have my DNA tested solely for the purposes of family research.

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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #100 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:44 GMT (UK) »
I started a thread on the DNA Forum some while ago.
It was titled "DNA Testing - Bunkum?"
(Or something similar - can't remember now)

Unfortunately, some people got rather heated over this discussion, and the whole thread was deleted!
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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #101 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:46 GMT (UK) »
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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #102 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:47 GMT (UK) »
Having a Welsh surname I don't need to be told about my ethnicity. Having tracked down and met quite a few relatives from wider family, many have Welsh skulls. Mind you, none of them live in Wales or want to know anything about it.

Beyond that, there is someone on here, and we keep in contact, whose ancestor could well have been brother to my greatgreatgrandfather. Neither of us have the readies at this time to have a DNA test done.

What's a Welsh skull?  :o

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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #103 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:49 GMT (UK) »
I started a thread on the DNA Forum some while ago.
It was titled "DNA Testing - Bunkum?"
(Or something similar - can't remember now)

Unfortunately, some people got rather heated over this discussion, and the whole thread was deleted!

I think it got deleted because some people were not prepared to accept that other people had a different view to them and made some unpleasant comments. This was sad as there were some good observations if only people were prepared to go beyond their prejudices
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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #104 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:54 GMT (UK) »


I know I'm a mongrel of many nations, as most of us are........ Nordic/Viking, Italian/Roman, Germanic, Celt, Irish, Scottish, French/Norman/Nordic.........you name a country, and we are part of it, basically.  Historically it's true, but I have no interest at all of finding out, let alone share it with a Newspaper, who can never guarantee our DNA security 100%, if that was our wish.

So no thank you, I'm happy to stay 'ignorant'.

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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #105 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 14:58 GMT (UK) »
I started a thread on the DNA Forum some while ago.
It was titled "DNA Testing - Bunkum?"
(Or something similar - can't remember now)

Unfortunately, some people got rather heated over this discussion, and the whole thread was deleted!

I think it got deleted because some people were not prepared to accept that other people had a different view to them and made some unpleasant comments. This was sad as there were some good observations if only people were prepared to go beyond their prejudices

That's a pity, what's controversial about family history. I got quite excited at the suggestion for DNA'ing the whole population for police purposes. As long as FH related queries were allowed.

Trouble is, in my experience, most people are neither interested nor curious. Family is back to grandparents, period. I've had quite a few in my efforts to contact living family members. 
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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #106 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 15:04 GMT (UK) »
Mark...I think you should have included a "Poll" on this topic too.."For" "Against" "Undecided" the statistics would have been interesting to see. People can vote anonymously that way too.
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Re: The Times wants your views: DNA ethnicity results
« Reply #107 on: Wednesday 03 February 16 15:14 GMT (UK) »
I wouldn't mind having my DNA testing done if it could prove more recent origins. I have relatives on Rootschat so perhaps we could have the tests done with that knowledge already known? Don't know if this makes sense or not?

What is a Welsh skull? I know you can recognise Irish folk from their head shape and eyes and hair colouring too.

My OH and I have just finished watching the whole series of The Vikings. We both have red curly hair and blue eyes in previous generations so maybe I will go and get a horned helmet as well. We both have Irish and Scottish ancestors apparently.

I'm not really that bloodthirsty though.

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