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From: "David M. Lawrence" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Macro vs. Micro View of Genetic Genealogy
Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2005 14:40:51 -0400
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I wasn't the one whining about the traffic on the list. You were the
one whining, so don't preach to me about what I should or should not do
with delete keys or digests -- I take responsibility for my own e-mail
volume rather than insist the world conform to my standards.
You seem to want a free discussion of genealogy and DNA -- as long as
only people with a narrow interest like yours contribute. I have an
open mind, and would rather let people contribute along a broad range of
topics. I happily pick and chose what I read (or not).
If people like you have left the list because no one does what they want
us to do, too bad. It's their own fault. No one stopped them from
starting a thread that they would be interested in.
Gary Rea wrote:
> I do exactly that. This means, of course, that I wind up not reading
> them at all, like I said. It's simple. Get it?
> The only problem here is that anyone with an interest in genetic
> genealogy (you know, finding historical ancestors via DNA) have already
> left this list because people like you have driven them off with your
> insistence that this list be about general population studies, large
> scale prehistoric migrations and the technical aspects of DNA research.
> In other words, a lot of people, not liking your way, have already taken
> to the highway.
> Actually, I subscribe in digest form. I've never understood why people
> would want to receive hundreds of individual emails, most of which
> aren't addressed to them, instead of a few compilations that can be
> easily and quickly scanned by subject to see if there is anything worth
> reading. If you're too busy to deal with "hundreds of email a day," then
> subscribe in digest mode like I did and cut down on some of it. It's not
> my fault you're getting what you asked for.
> "Selfishness" already HAS ruined this list. As I said, it's been taken
> over by people who think genetic genealogy is only about large scale
> paleolithic migration studies. All I'm asking for is a BALANCE between
> the two, not one or the other.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "David M. Lawrence" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Monday, June 27, 2005 10:15 AM
> Subject: Re: [DNA] Macro vs. Micro View of Genetic Genealogy
>> It's simple. Read the messages you're interested in and ignore the
>> rest. I do it all the time.
>> There's no need to split the list. The only problem here are people
>> insisting "my way or the highway."
>> I've seen lists split by people who cannot see beyond their own nose.
>> What happens is that people end up subscribing to both lists for
>> awhile, getting twice the number of messages that they used to as
>> people legitimately cross-post to both lists. Eventually the new list
>> withers as the bombthrower who started it inevitably loses control of
>> his "vision" and in turn loses interest in the list that he founded.
>> I am an extrememly busy person who gets hundreds of e-mails each day.
>> I take responsibility for my e-mail "workload" and trim it down as
>> necessary with that magical delete button.
>> Those of you who run surname studies can learn alot from the
>> big-picture people, and they, in turn, can learn a lot from you. It
>> would be a shame to see selfishness -- that is what it is -- destroy a
>> wonderful vehicle for communication among everyone interested in the
>> various aspects of genetic genealogy.
>> Gary Rea wrote:
>>> I don't know about you, but it seems evident to me that this list has
>>> been completely taken over by those whose focus is entirely upon the
>>> very broad-brush picture of ancestry provided by MtDNA studies, as
>>> opposed to the reason most of us got into genetic genealogy in the
>>> first place; i.e., to use Y-DNA data in conjunction with our "paper
>>> trail" research to find specific ancestors with known names. Whatever
>>> happened to that?
>>> Endless discussions of the technical details of haplotypes that
>>> include half the people of Europe and endless speculations over which
>>> band of nameless, faceless paleolithic ancestors migrated to where
>>> from where have just left me so numb I don't even bother to read the
>>> posts on this list anymore. How about getting back to the root
>>> purpose of surname studies; i.e., breaking down brickwalls in
>>> conventional research and finding connections to specific, known
>>> individuals? After you know you're an R1B and your ancestors migrated
>>> out of Africa and across the Eurasian continent, what else is there
>>> to know about them? Will I ever know their names? No. Will I ever
>>> know anything about how they lived their individual lives? Only to
>>> the extent that archaeology can provide any evidence of specific
>>> settlements. Am I the only one who feels the need for a separate list
>>> for those of us who run surname studies, or participate in them, and
>>> whose focus is upon establishing links between ancestors who lived in
>>> historical times?
>>> Search the US Census Collection. Over 140 million records added in the
>>> last 12 months. Largest online collection in the world. Learn more:
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>> - ----------------------------------------------------
>> "We have met the enemy and he is us." -- Pogo
>> "No trespassing
>> 4/17 of a haiku" -- Richard Brautigan
> Search the US Census Collection. Over 140 million records added in the
> last 12 months. Largest online collection in the world. Learn more:
David M. Lawrence | Home: (804) 559-9786
7471 Brook Way Court | Fax: (804) 559-9787
Mechanicsville, VA 23111 | Email:
USA | http: http://fuzzo.com
"We have met the enemy and he is us." -- Pogo
4/17 of a haiku" -- Richard Brautigan
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