Anthrogenealogy Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

This paper offers an introduction to anthrogenealogy.
# 120159 | 1,169 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jun 06, 2010 in Biology (Genetics) , Anthropology (General)

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The paper discusses how, in the past, resources for tracing one's family line could usually not go back further than the earliest written record. The paper then explains the new intersection between anthropology and genealogy that has been dubbed "anthrogenealogy", which allows DNA tests to see exactly where people come from. The paper looks at how we determine maternal and paternal lineages and how we determine whether individuals share a common ancestor. The writer of this paper concludes by wondering how it would influence human affairs if there were a growing awareness of how interrelated we all are.

Where The Paper Trail Ends
Enter DNA Evidence
DNA Has Been In Use In Other Fields
Where Anthropology And Genealogy Meet
Commercial DNA Analysis
Too Many Ancestors
Maternal And Paternal Lineages
Are All Humans Related?
A Human Family

From the Paper:

"Until recently, resources for tracing one's family line back through history, although plentiful and well defined, had one defect: they could in most cases not go back further than the earliest written record.
"You could start off by asking older living members of the family to tell you about their parents and grandparents, and what life was like when they were young. Then there were family letters, wills, photographs, contracts, deeds, birth certificates and other documents you could examine. If that wasn't enough, the next step would be the church's birth, baptism, marriage and funeral records, which in some cases go back for ages. Public records, such as a list of mayors of towns may come in handy. Military service records are an important source. There are also civil records: the birth, immigration, marriage and death registrations records of local and central governments, sometimes conveniently accessible online. There are the tombstones in cemeteries - a valuable resource - or even statues and inscriptions in old cathedrals. Finally, it comes down to public and private libraries and mentions in ancient books. Anywhere a person's name gets recorded on a monument, on a list or in a book leaves an important genealogical trail."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • English, Aaron et al. English - DNA Project. 10 May 2006.
  • FamilyTreeDNA, . FamilyTreeDNA. 10 May 2006.
  • Kerchner, Charles F.. DNA-ANTHROGENEALOGY. 10 May 2006.
  • Lyall, Sarah. New York Times. 10 May 2006.
  • Mayall, Hillary. National Geographic. 10 May 2006.

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