[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Genetic Relationship
otto at schienke.com
Thu Oct 2 13:01:40 PDT 2008
Afternoon Cousins all,
It has been raining here for four days so I'll add a brief comment on
After all, that is what genealogy is about, 'relatedness'.
We sum up the known past and humans represent about one tenth of one
percent of Earth's history.
Regardless of ethnicity or race, we need go no further back than the
50th cousin to be related to everyone alive.
MOST relationships are much closer than that. Especially our 'group'.
When we marry spouses they are more than a marriage relationship,
spouses are cousins, blood relatives!
An averaged calculation based on what if:
If we have (4) 1st. cousins
(16) 2nd. cousins
(64) 3rd. cousins
(250) 4th. cousins
(1000) 5th. cousins
We would have 1,000,000 cousins by the time we reached 10th. cousins.
Reproduction is not random. Societal rules come into play.
Rules of Exogomy, rules of outbreeding.
Rules of Endogomy, rules of inbreeding.
Rules of endogomy were generally enforced less rigorously than rules
As has already been discussed, in small farm communities, rules of
endogomy were viewed with a sleepy eye.
Even in this 21st century we hear stringent views regarding exogomy in
marriages as individuals discuss genealogy.
"She married a what!?"
. . . Otto
" The Zen moment..." wk. of March 23, 2008-
"Each of us. . . A bundle of possibilities."
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