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From: "Evalena Erzinger" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] "Newbie" Resources
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 19:35:11 -0500
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Hello David,
I agree with you. I don't even know the questions to ask. It's too far
from my understanding. This is the first time I have sent a message on this
list. Thanks.

Evalena Erzinger
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Faux" <>
To: <>
Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 3:38 PM
Subject: [DNA] "Newbie" Resources

> I posted something about this matter a little while ago, but it seems to
have provoked little interest. However, consistently newcomers to this
List, who are often newcomers to the whole field of DNA - genetics, continue
to (rightfully so) ask very basic questions. There is nothing wrong with
that, and people on the List are very kind in providing helpful information
and suggestions. My point is that each person new to the field should be
given a set of resources that will give them an overview of the terminology,
concepts etc. at the primary level so they at least know what, for example,
mtDNA can and cannot do toward answering their genealogical and ancient
ancestry questions. I have a medical and science background, I can only
guess at how someone who has not taken a course in Genetics 101 or
equivalent must feel when we throw around terms like Alu or Single
Nucleotide Polymorphism or whatever. There is a learning curve involved
here. There is no reason why a person!
> of any
> background cannot eventually have an excellent grasp of all this stuff -
if they receive guidence.
> I guess Ann, as Listmaster, the question is, if we develop a list of
resource URLs (which will act as a library of resource material), since it
can easily fit on one page, can it be sent automatically by Rootsweb when a
person subscribes? I suspect that there are some already signed up who
would like to have such a list so could we post it by the regular means
also, then it would end up in the Archives. If Rootsweb cannot offer the
automated procedure I have noted, then surely at least people could be given
a URL which would tie into a posting in the Archives.
> If all this makes sense, why don't we "oldtimers" chime in with a
suggested reading (like Kevin Duerinck's site) until we have the 10 or so
"most useful" sites for newcomers? We should ensure that at least some of
the resources include a description of the "big three" DNA tests. I can then
post the compiled list which will hopefully be useful to those already
subscribed and those yet to take the plunge - and it will rest expectantly
in the Archives for even the generations unborn (ok, I exaggerate) to
> Should we really want to get fancy, we can ultimately have a separate list
of all mtDNA databases, and another for Y-DNA databases.
> Thoughts or contributions please.
> David F.
> Dr. David K. Faux, P.O. Box 192, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, USA
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