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Re: CHAVIS, John
In Response To: Re: CHAVIS, John ()

B. Johnson,

You asked:

"Thanks for the reply emails! I wanted to ask you both: do you view yourself differently since having received your results? What have you chosen to do with that information? "

My answer:

I had already been doing standard genealogical research off and on for nearly twenty years. DNA helped settle some nagging questions and also allowed me to see some documents in a different light.

I have a 2nd great-grandfather who was listed as a mulatto in the census and he is said to have identified with the remnant Native communities in his region. AncestrybyDNA has given me an additonal reason to accept the oral history and view the ambiguous census description as just that.

The more you learn about your genealogy, whether it be through classical methodology or genetic means, the fuller picture you have of yourself as a node on the family tree and your ancestors' place in history. So my answer to the first question is 'yes.'

As with all my genealogical findings I have shared the information with family and other interested parties such as you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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