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Subject: [APG] Myths and Misconceptions
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2008 19:49:38 -0500
Recently someone on the Legacy Family Tree user group made a comment that the upcoming cruise to Europe was going to be better than the last one, which went to the Caribbean because people doing family history have more in common with Europe. Of course I responded that there was a lot of interaction between the West Indies and New England in particular to which she responded that there wasnt much of a connection beyond business. I didnt even bother to respond because she clearly has her mind made up confirming the things that you spoke about in your article, Ethnicity and the Southern Genealogist: Myths and Misconceptions, Resources and Opportunities, which I just read yesterday.
Speaking of myths and misconceptions I think it would be interesting to conduct a non-scientific survey of the members here amongst the members to know how they view themselves in terms of race/ethnicity as well as what they think about the boxes that we are supposed to fit within.
Speaking of volunteering I volunteered for two events that my friend Dr. Kittles did collecting peoples DNA and helping them to fill out the forms. One of the questions was to write down what you thought you knew about your racial make up. Needless to say the myths and misconceptions start to come to the surface when people start getting their results back.