cool – thanks for that! I’ve been skirting lightly around the DNA thing for now because of the strange marketplace-of-DNA testings, hoping it’ll settle down a little [and hoping for CRISPr to cheapen the process or make it a little more DIY] – but yes, this is an awesome resource! One article is really down against genealogy: that was a bit of a turn-off, considering the very DNA results they get are first based *upon* genealogy charts and continue to use them to keep their databases current as more people investigate their family histories. Despite the politics of it, it’s a great site and I’ll definitely be poking through it a lot. That uncle (well, great-uncle) who did all the genealogy work also had some mid 00s DNA testing done, so I have some of the haplogroup info around in my notes somewhere, so that’ll give me a further launching point as well.
Oddly, I *should* be more of a DNA type ’cause I know there’s lots of things in genealogy charts that are wrong: illicit affairs covered up and such – things that a DNA test could help prove/disprove. At the same time, there’s other aspects of family not covered by DNA. I also have seen DNA used by “scientific rationalists” who use the blurring of family lines as justification for their strange beliefs which is another reason why I hang on to it having value Ultimately I see us as one human race, one blob of life in general oozing and throbbing on this ball of rock, born 4.5 billion years ago and we’re all a part of it…. so in the end, I don’t take a whole lot of stock on division. But nevertheless, it’s really quite fascinating stuff!