At the risk of incurring the wroth of both Brian and Deborah followed
by ex-communication might I suggest that at some stage the role of
genetics in local genealogical research will have to be addressed and a
policy upon its inclusion evolved. The subject has arisen on other
lists, which appear to be treating the issue on a case by case
There is a list which deals with the subject:
genealogy-dna(a)rootsweb.com However, the list is about genetic
genealogy. Whilst it is science based, the non-geneticist can glean
much from this list. There are family groups which are researching
their genetic makeup and there are several databases which can be
searched by family name.
As research progresses and more is learnt about population movement,
then I suggest that genetic genealogy will become more relevant to
local lists like the Devon list. Might I, therefore, suggest that the
list administrators might care to consider how the list should adapt to
the changing world of genealogy?
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2006 23:57:10 +0100
From: Brian Randell <Brian.Randell(a)ncl.ac.uk>
Subject: [DEV] [ADMIN] DNA & Geneology
To: "Michelle Zunnurain" <michelle_zunnurain(a)hotmail.com>,
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At 2:04 pm -0500 29/8/06, Michelle Zunnurain wrote:
For what it's worth, I don't think DNA topic is off topic
Geneology and DNA research are both tools by which we attempt to
Deborah has already kindly stepped in and indicated that further
discussion of DNA which is not related to Devon is OFF-TOPIC.
So let me add two things:
- Discussions of what is and what is not off-topic are themselves
OFF-TOPIC, for the obvious reason that they could easily degenerate
into a flame war.
- Anyone who, like the original poster of the message about DNS,
cannot resist sending a message to Devon-L which they admit is
off-topic, should very clearly and firmly indicate that any follow-up
must be by direct email, and not via the list. But, better still,
please resist such temptations.
There are hundreds of genealogy mailing lists out there - Devon-L is
intended only for Devon genealogy.
For a detailed explanation of what is and what is not on-topic for
To find a more suitable list for your off-topic messages, see:
And for a lengthy list of mailing lists related specifically to DNA,
PS It's "Genealogy" not "Geneology" - and most search facilities
don't allow for such misspellings, though Google kindly asks "Did you
mean: genealogy?" :-)
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