Big Picture

Mary Rouse artwork in Colleen Buzzard Studio
Mary Rouse artwork in Colleen Buzzard Studio

My cousin showed me the family tree data base that she is building on She did their DNA test, they confirmed she was 100 percent Irish and they have been providing hints as to further family connections. She found some real surprises, relatives she didn’t know we had. I don’t like the idea of having to subscribe to a service. There is completion, 23 and me for instance, but if I do Ancestry she can share all her work with me.

My father built a family tree the old fashioned way, by going to court houses, libraries and cemeteries, and his database is on a hard drive. I wish there was a way for all these databases to share information with each other but then that would be too much like Big Brother. I’m not looking for a new hobby but I would like to see the big picture.

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  1. These companies have Terms of Service that stipulate that the DNA data you pay for belongs to them. This data is their long term business plan. It could be used for example, to limit families access to healthcare because of pre-existing conditions.

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