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From: Patrick Tagert <>
Subject: RE: [DNA] Holiday Greetings from DKWF
Date: Sun, 25 Dec 2005 12:40:02 -0800
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays, David, & all of the DNA-L family!
It has been a big year for all of us, & last Christmas seems a long
time ago. We have made such progress & taken it in stride to such a
degree that it seems like our recent discoveries are old news now.
Such is the pace of this research. We are rocketing into the past.
My own major breakthroughs came in the first months of this year & I
spent the rest of the year absorbing it & plotting strategies. I
haven't made any major new discoveries since proving a 6-7 generation
Y-chromosome surname relationship, but that proof has had a
significant influence on our traditional genealogy research, in the
same fashion that others have reported. Like the story of the fishes
& loaves of bread at the sermon on the mount, the meager trickle of
documents became flood once we had the confidence of scientific
evidence of our relationship. This increase in documentation has led
us to previously unopened doors which now look very promising in our
quest to find our immigrant ancestor. The paper trail is now leading
us towards some very unlikely history, & a story we would never have
imagined without the evidence that is emerging. Truth is indeed
sometimes stranger than fiction. (You know I can never resist an
quip :-) So I am back to the microfilm viewers this year, hoping for
that document which will tie it all together beyond the shadow of
doubt, & find our jumping off point in the British Isles. I vacillate
between Scotland & Ulster, but the latest evidence is suggesting that
Scotland is the more likely origin. When we have that, we will know
where to go with our next round of DNA tests.
Good luck to us all, & God bless us every one! Merry Christmas, Pat