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Old 03-30-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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Hi all

Some say that 20% of births worldwide are children of extramarital affairs (of course, that isn't the case with my children).

Based on that data can not be totally real (I hope so...), why we try to follow the line of ancestors of the "fathers"? If that study is true, it would be more logical to follow the female line, because matriline is going to secure a 100% correct, isn't?
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Old 03-30-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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^not anymore with the invention of fertility treatments, not to mention adoption which has been around forever. Although tracing your female ancestors definitely does give you a much better chance of being right. (unfortunately many women have been kept out of the history books).
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:41 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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"Some say that 20%.."

What do they know?

I doubt that in most cultures this is true. I especially doubt it was true in most cultures in the past when strictures and consequences for fooling around outside of marriage were much more harsh, even including death penalties. That's still the case in some cultures today, not that it should be, but it is.

20% sounds like wishful thinking of those who have the "everyone does it" mentality. That's a problem in this age. Most of what we see in TV and other media make it sound like everyone is effing everyone else all the time. And maybe in the media world that's true. I saw a clip from a TV show called The Talk just the other day where these women were talking about how they scrod (pluperfect ) dozens of guys. And they were acting like it was ridiculous that one panelist said 3 at the most but ideally only the 1, her husband. I guess they did what and who they had to to get on TV.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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Hi all

Some say that 20% of births worldwide are children of extramarital affairs (of course, that isn't the case with my children).
I don't know who "some" are, I don't know where they got their info or how that info was collected. Particularly if we're talking about unknown illegitimacy - how would anyone accurately calculate that? You really can't believe everything you hear.

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Based on that data can not be totally real (I hope so...), why we try to follow the line of ancestors of the "fathers"?
I don't. I try to follow the female lines just as much as the male lines in my tree but the fact of the matter remains that males are easier to research. There are more records for them and since they don't change their surname, it's easier to find their parents. Unfortunately, too many of the women in my tree have unknown maiden names and until I find their maiden names, I'm at a dead end.

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If that study is true, it would be more logical to follow the female line, because matriline is going to secure a 100% correct, isn't?
Not necessarily. There could have been unknown adoptions or mix ups with step-mothers.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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This probably could be figured out by matching dna samples with physical records. For instance I match y-dna with someone of my same last name who according to the physical records shares a common male ancestor with me who was born 235 years ago. We can therefore both be pretty certain who our male ancestors were over the 6 generations back to that person. Going back through the maternal lines via mtdna is possible but more challenging because you don't have the last name match.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Where the grass grows
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In general, I agree with all you , but with the aim of promoting the maternal line, I would like to introduce into the debate another factor: the issue of fatherless children.

We can find lots of them in the birth certificates (father unknow). However, in the case of the motherless children, none.
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:56 PM
 
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I trace all my lines, but the thread seems to be more a political statement about marriage. Genealogy is what I'm interested in.
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:24 PM
 
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There are many cultures in today's world that are matrilineal. At one time there were more than there are today. There are some cultures that are patriarchical but matrilineal.

In modern America,there are some sub-cultures that are de facto matriarchies.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:52 PM
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True, and that's a nod to the: the mother is definitely known.

As for finding female ancestors, the more the merrier. In addition to expanding the branches of the family tree, they add new family names, which are new clues.
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Old 04-01-2011, 02:10 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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In general, I agree with all you , but with the aim of promoting the maternal line, I would like to introduce into the debate another factor: the issue of fatherless children.

We can find lots of them in the birth certificates (father unknow). However, in the case of the motherless children, none.
Yes but on the flip side I have found obituaries and death records that only list the father and not the mother. Not that the mother was unknown in their lifetime but because society was so male-centric, they felt the father was the only important one to mention.
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