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From: "ernest hurst" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] "Newbie" Resources
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2003 06:24:41 -0500


On one of the lists I'm subscribed to, I used to get a message, about the
first of every month, describing general resources and recommended reading
(list archives, links to surname sites, etc) for anybody researching that
surname. In this case it was kinda overkill, since the maximum monthly
postings, ever, was about 100. Postings are way down now - maybe that's why
I haven't seen that message in a while. I think that would be an ideal
solution here, since the number of people on this list is growing, and will
continue to do so. I don't know if the list administrator "automated"
sending of the information message at the beginning of the month, but, if
not, it shouldn't be too hard to send same message once a month. If that
could happen, nobody would be on the list more than about 30 days before
they got that message, referring them to "recommended reading". I believe
the key here is repetition of the message, easy access to archives (which
some "newbies" don't seem to know how to access), and access to the
valuable surname & commercial sites.

I know, from my own experience, that a person who has "zero knowledge" of
genetics, statistics, etc. needs some base to work from, to understand most
of the messages posted here. I also know that there's no one site that will
answer every question a person might have. However, with the monthly
quantity of postings here, reading carefully through the last month or two
of postings, along with some of the websites, surname and commercial
(FTDNA, AncestrybyDNA, etc.) should really help a person "get their feet
wet". Of course, this wouldn't help the person whose idea of genealogy is
copying a bunch of gedcoms off the net, but I doubt if we have many of them
on this list.

Ernie Hurst

> [Original Message]
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Date: 11/20/2003 10:48:58 PM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] "Newbie" Resources
> In a message dated 11/20/03 12:40:31 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> > 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
> > subscribes?
> I can certainly edit the Welcome message, but I think it would be best to
> have a single URL. If someone would like to volunteer to organize and
host a list
> of resources, that would be great. Here's one which I haven't mentioned
in a
> while:
> I will paste the text of a message which I posted once and repeat
> periodically. I still think that studying surname websites is an
invaluable way to learn
> about DNA. Lots of them provide links to other sites that they've found
> helpful, too, so once you start your journey, who knows where you'll end
up! But
> it's getting to the point where there are so many project sites that you
> even know where to begin. I'll give three for starters -- Jordan, Mumma,
> Lindsay -- but you could start almost anywhere and learn something. The
URLs will
> be found on Duerinck's page, listed below.
> -----
> Most of the traffic on the mailing list is about the Y chromosome used
> surname projects, so I'll assume that's your interest, too. Other topics
> mitochondrial DNA and a new technique for assessing percentages of your
> ancestry
> which come from various "BioGeographical" regions (Europe, Asia, Africa,
> Native American
> I think the very best way to learn about DNA testing for genealogy is to
> study the web sites for various surname projects. The project
> have
> all gone through the same learning curve, and they all have different
ways of
> presenting the background science. Sometimes one way of wording things
> click with you (maybe on the second go-around, after you've read some
> material on
> another web site!)
> For a concise starting point, take a look at the "DNA 101" section on the
> BLAIR web site.
> Then explore some of the hundreds of projects listed at Kevin Duerinck's
> site, along with many links to background material and a glossary. Chris
> Pomery's
> "DNA Portal" is another good centralized place with lots of links. But
> stop at the ones I've mentioned -- there are many, many good web sites
> illustrate ways of tackling different genealogical puzzles using DNA.
> A general genetics book probably wouldn't be too useful, since DNA
> for genealogy is quite specialized. But there's a web site called "DNA
> the
> Beginning" which covers the general background:
> Nancy Custer has assembled some basic biology background which is more
> targeted toward the testing techniques used for genealogy projects.
> Finally, don't forget that our archives are a repository of information,
> It would take a long time to plow through them, but you can browse the
> subject lines month by month, or search for keywords year by year.
> Ann Turner - GENEALOGY-DNA List Administrator
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