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From: "ernest hurst" <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Newbie Discouragement
Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 05:59:52 -0400
If you are impatient to the point that you feel that 100 hours spent is
excessive, you should probably unsubscribe from this list & give up
genealogy as a hobby. I have probably spent close to that much time, each
month, on the net for the past four years, not counting 40 or 50 days of
research trips all over the Southeastern USA. I've been on this list for
just under a year and knew absolutely ZERO about DNA when I subscribed. Now
I know just over zero, with tons more to go. I don't think I'll ever be one
tenth as knowledgable as many here, but I'm trying. If you have no
understanding of or interest in a particular topic being discussed, there
is always the delete key. Neither genealogy nor DNA testing is a hobby for
those that want to "finish" their project. I'm sure that many on this list
have been working at genealogy research for 20 or 30 years. Family/surname
DNA projects are tough to get started. The HURST project sat there with
only 2 or 3 participants for months. Now it's up to 8 or 10 & more being
added weekly. The other day I got an e-mail in response to a posting of
over two years ago, on another list, that helped me "fill in some blanks".
If your mail box overflows you could always subscribe in digest mode, or
just read the archives for a while. Be patient, persistent and willing to
learn & you WILL succeed.
> [Original Message]
> From: K Haddad <>
> To: <>
> Date: 6/12/2003 11:17:36 PM
> Subject: [DNA] Newbie Discouragement
> I have been trying to organize DNA testing for my family. While doing
so, I subscribed to this site. Perhaps it is too much of a good thing, but
it has really discouraged me.
> a. I was gone 1-1/2 days, and when I returned tonight there were 125
messages in my mailbox and 99% were from genealogy-DNA. If I'm gone a
week, there's no way my mailbox will be able to handle all those messages.
> b. I do not understand most of what everyone is talking about, so it is
nearly a waste of time for me to read your messages.
> I've almost come to the conclusion that it would be a waste of a lot of
time trying to contact others of my family name on the internet (I've
already spent probably 100 hours doing this) if it is so complicated there
are constant questions and comments and people not sure they agree with
> Do you Yahoo!?
> Free online calendar with sync to Outlook(TM).
> To join Ancestry.com and access our 1.2 billion online genealogy records,
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