More Alike Than Unalike

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Human Family
~by Maya Angelou

…I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man…

…I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike…

As you might already be aware (from the fact that I have devoted an entire blog to it), I am committed to telling my story by sharing the stories of my predecessors—the people who made me ME.

In a world of 7.4 billion people, it seems we are all trying to identify our own uniqueness. However, instead of highlighting our differences, perhaps we should discover how we are similar to others.

Recently, Ancestry.com posed that very question. Collaborating with Momondo, an international travel company, they surveyed 67 people from around the world, representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds, on how much they know about themselves and from where they descend, as well as how that viewpoint influences the way they perceive others.

These participants were taken on a journey into who they are based on their DNA. What these participants discovered is that they have much more in common with other nationalities and cultures than they might have expected.  (Highlights of those findings were captured in this thought-provoking  video.)

In the end, they discovered that “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”  Maybe we ALL should take that journey and learn that lesson.

#ancestry     #dna     #humanfamily

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4 thoughts on “More Alike Than Unalike

  1. I love family history. It’s always fun knowing I’m not alone.

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  2. I quite agree, Lisa. Isn’t it amazing how quickly we feel connected to the world and others just by knowing our history? Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. The connections with those who made history who you are descended from is also something fascinating. My spouse certainly got a huge surprise from European royalty to Revolutionary War veterans, Mayflower passengers to French Canadians and Native Americans. Before the research there was only the information from my spouse’s mother, a descendant of Irish immigrants, whom I sadly was not able to find further information on beyond one pair of 3x great-grandparents and not much on them. The paternal lines go back to the 700s. You just never know.

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  4. Every time I uncover a “famous” or inspirational ancestor, I am awed that someone like me from very humble beginnings has some illustrious predecessors. Like you said, you just never know. Thankfully, there are plenty of simple folk throughout my tree to keep me grounded. 😉

    As to the “dead end” lines, don’t you just hate those? I have several lines in both my family tree and my spouse’s family tree that stop only a few generations back. Despite my ongoing search for these missing links, I am no closer than I was a decade or two ago. Maybe someday I will discover those hidden kin and be able to take those lines back too…

    Best wishes to you on breaking down those genealogical walls, Aquila!

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