I want to thank those of you who commented on my DNA post. The more I thought about the post and your comments , additional thoughts keep coming up, so I decided to post “DNA Part II”
In my Ancestry work, I have always tried to verify members of my Tree with 3 sources. If you have ever searched for ancestors you will notice there may be 3 different people with the same name, birth date and location. Yet only one of them is your ancestor. This is where records come into play. Census, birth & death, etc.
I did my homework with my Grandfather. I was able to substantiate his birth, where he lived, who he married, and when he died. I confirmed his parents, his siblings, his children. He was my Grandfather. There was no question about it. Everyone in my family was convinced of the same.
Then this fairly recent science called DNA came into play and destroyed all of my work and my preconceived notions. All of the records I had at my disposal meant nothing. Yes, they verified who my Grandfather was, but DNA proved he wasn’t my biological Grandfather.
There are lots of things humans tend to be so certain of . Our religion, politics, etc. My bet is a new science will change our certainty about them too.