A number of years ago I got into family history, putting together documents and history from older family members, sticking it all into software (I use Kith and Kin, a Scottish firm) and discovering that my ancestral is really boring – all English, all the time. As diverse as a mayonnaise sandwich on Wonder Bread.

This was before DNA testing got cheap and easily available so I didn’t do the mail-in-a-cheek-swab thing – perhaps that would find hints of something else.

I wrote about the changes that genetic testing has made to ancestor-hunting in the Sunday Monitor (story is here). To an extent, it has changed things less than I thought it would.


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