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From: "Cleland" <>
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] DeMarce Review and the Ritchies
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2002 11:07:01 -0400
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For everones information, DNA doesn't really prove as much as some wants to
think it does.
A prime example is mtDNA. Dna was done on a female relative, to her mother,
to her mother, to her mother, to her mother, etc. The
Great-Great-Grandmother is listed as "FPC" . DNA shows her as Northern
European. (Helena) with no mutations. She could very well be 3\4 Indian or
Black or Chinese and you would never know by DNA.
One also must consider when doing DNA on the father's line, "Mother's baby,
father's maybe".
DNA is a helpful tool but without documentation, it doesn't prove much.
Cleland
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dennis Maggard" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, October 04, 2002 9:27 AM
Subject: Re: [Melungeon] DeMarce Review and the Ritchies


> From: "Celia Millington-Wyckoff" <>
>
> > Well, Dennis, you're doing better than I am--I'm an *editor*, yet I'm
> > so tired (Friday, the END of the week!!) that I would not have
> > noticed your mistake without your pointing it out to me.... :-)
> >
> > And, I agree with your contention--DeMarce is a superb genealogist,
> > but DNA does prove her wrong about Kennedy's "northern European"
> > ancestry.
> >
> > Celia in PA
> >
> > P.S. That's wholly, not wholely <grin>
>
> Celia, you got me!!!! *G*
>
> DNA does trump genealogy, which I suppose is why some genealogists seem to
> be afraid of it, though they should see it as a tool to confirm or deny
> their paper trails and to help point them in the right directions.
>
> Dennis
>
>
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