Hello Melissa. It's wonderful to see you still here not only doing research on your own line, but also still so generously helping others! You've been such an asset to this community.
I guess one of the many issues that goes to the heart of all matters genealogical is what is the goal of this searching. Some people want answers when it comes to medical issues. I didn't start out with that in mind, but having a grandchild who is autistic, and discovering that I have Asperger's, I started to see some patterns in "my" Moody line that might give some credibility to the idea that this may be a genetic condition. There's little science to backup my theory, but I find the possibilites fascinating.
No matter how pervasive my curiosity is though, I'd definitely draw the line when it came to disturbing the sleep of my presumed ancestors to get DNA. I think that we'd all be losing a piece of our humanity if we starting crossing that line, even for medical reasons. That's just my personal opinion. Although, exhumation is something one of my Chamberlain ancestors did to move all of his family to one place and even that touched a nerve when it comes to my individual sensibilities. So maybe I am just unduly sensitive on this matter.
But, you have presented a topic well worth discussion and I appreciate so much your keeping us all updated on the advances made on the science end of genealogy.
And no, I guess we cannot know who we are from with hardcopy records alone.
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