To prove their lineage, Mayflower descendants must be tenacious

  • Article by: ANN FARMER , New York Times
  • Updated: November 28, 2013 - 5:00 PM

 

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DufferHNov. 28, 1310:04 PM

I have been doing my family genealogy for several years and have traced it back several hundred years. But people in stories like this make me laugh. I genealogy you don't start with a famous person and work your way forward. That guarantees you'll take shortcuts and end up with faulty linkage. In real genealogy you start with yourself and see who you come up with. I have to laugh at people getting all excited over those who they claim in their heritage. They forget that we have no control over who our ancestors were. These people are missing out of most of the fun in genealogy.

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farcicalNov. 29, 1312:09 AM

Genealogy from a historical sense is a true historical study of one's origins. From a scientific angle, genetic testing could also open some fascinating relationships. Regardless, if you go back far enough, we're ALL related to one-another, since we're all mutts anyway.

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mariezzNov. 30, 1311:57 AM

Membership in a Mayflower Society confirms you're an IMMIGRANT - nothing more, no better or worse than any other immigrant.

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