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Re: Which test is which?
In Response To: Re: Which test is which? ()

I understand the concept of what you are saying.

However-----those of us who are genealogists, always have the additional question to ask. Who? From where? When?

We could also simply say also that our ancestors were slaves. As genealogists we know that much of this can be learned, in terms of who they were, where they were enslaved, and when they were enslaved and by whom. And, as persons who treasure family, we want to embrace those persons----with names, and to be able to call their names. That is what drives many of us to ask the next question.

All genealogists know the joy of breaking through a research barrier and learning the name of an ancestor previously unknown. What joy!! At the same time, there is the proverbial next question----so who were his parents?

Foolish? Some might say yes, but----we are genealogists---and that is what we do.

Since there is technology available to partially answer the very difficult---question---"from where?", another part of the psyche of some genealogists choose, is to explore this option and to see where it takes us in our own personal knowledge. Also having a geographic reference does indeed give us another dimension to our sense of self.

Simply embracing the whole of Africa---is a geographically generous gesture, but quite un-African. People (African and otherwise) are interested in knowing who their people are. The motherless child wants to know his/her mother, not just embrace all women as mother. We research to fill this void And if there is something that gives one satisfaction it is knowing who one's people are.

So, like others----I shall plan to go for the specifics and will be scraping my inside cheek as well.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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