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Caution Rant AlertHave you noticed in free webinars about any genealogy topic, the best case scenario is always presented? There’s all these marvelous success stories about wonderful discoveries in newspapers – “you’ll never find this anywhere else” – when they’re talking about newspaper subscriptions.

Maybe they’re talking about capturing memories and how you need this technology, or storage space online. Or software, which if you buy, will make your life so much easier, and your relatives will be envious, even the ones who were never interested in family history before will begin researching.

Or if it’s a subscription service for records, somehow, some document they found led to a long lost cousin who had trunks of papers and photos. Now they’re had a reunion, and met more cousins, and they’re about to be featured on the evening news or some tv show…..

Hello? It ain’t that way for everybody researching their ancestors. Most of us struggle to have a daily discovery, let alone an earth shattering one.

Why can’t they make webinars and educational seminars more realistic? Do we need over-the-top optimistic half-promises to force us to buy a product? Is that what it’s come down to in our ad-saturated hyped-up society?

There is hardly a place in our everyday lives where we are not subjected to ads. TV, radio, billboards, even the internet is saturated with ads screaming to get our attention. Can you imagine if our ancestors were suddenly transported from their farm into this screaming madness? Their brains would probably explode from over-stimulation! Yet we live in this bubbling ad cauldron every day, week after week, month after month.

You wonder what precipitated this rant? I’ll tell you: Discussions with my cousin about the effectiveness or usefulness of DNA testing.

I don’t want to spend the money to tell me the obvious.
I want to know what I don’t know.
~quote from my cousin

Her feeling is she already knows where she’s from, so why dump money in a black hole? My idea is that DNA testing is still fairly new, and how much can they really tell you? And how many long-lost cousins am I going to find when such a small fraction of the genealogy community has had this done?

Are my cousin and I just resistant to pressure and trends? Or is it a lack of education on our part? Are we one of the ones who hesitates at every new technology? Or have you had similar thoughts?

Maybe our vantage point is warped! Should we be seeking how we can help others down the road instead of wanting instant answers from our DNA testing?

We are interested in hearing from people who have done DNA testing and how it’s helped you. Or those of you who are still lagging behind, waiting to see how it all pans out.