I have always had an interest in my family roots. My maternal grandfather came to America from Germany when he was 6. I have been able to visit the German village where he was born and see the record of his birth and baptism kept in a 750 year old church.
My paternal grandfather was born in Kentucky and lived to be 104 years old. We also have a documented trail of his lineage.
I have spent 100’s of hours gathering this “evidence” which I was convinced cast in stone our family’s heritage. Then along came dna. I had a dna test about 3 years ago. When the results came back they showed matches I shared with other people’s dna. The only problem was the last names of these people were not the same as my last name. So I had another dna test performed by a different company. Again I wasn’t finding any names that I could trace to mine. I was so convinced of my family records that not once did I consider my ancestors might not be who I thought they were. Why ? Because I had so much historical evidence for my family but NOT for the individual players.
It wasn’t until a few months ago with the help of someone who knows a lot more about dna than I , that I understood the scientific evidence before me had destroyed all of the 100’s of hours of research and the 100’s of documents which I thought was concrete evidence for my existence .
With this scientific evidence (dna) and the database of the millions of other dna tests, I was able to discover “The Truth” . My paternal Grandmother had my Father with a man other than my Grandfather.
I had been indoctrinated with my parents’ version of the Christian religion and my de-conversion took almost a decade for me to realize it was a myth. With scientific dna, it still took nearly 3 years for my eyes to be opened to the real truth of my lineage. Was I this dense ? Some of you might think so 🙂 I would like to think I had convinced myself with historical evidence and this was the reason I never considered another scenario .
I think people of faith also believe the evidence they are given as “historical” is so convincing and/or comforting to them, they have no reason to consider anything else . Science keeps chipping away at these stories . The more people embrace science the faster this process will happen.