Ancestry.com gives as the reason for their current update: "16,000 reference
samples (13,000 more)"
Ancestry.com has expanded their DNA ambitions considerably, but my interest has
They have color overlays that include more than Sweden and Norway, for example,
but their database presumably permits them to narrow the results. Another
overlay shows my ancestors migrating to North-eastern United States and then
westward. The timing of these migrations is not presented. Presumably I
should refer back to my individual genealogy for that information.
I have lost most of my interest in this sort of genealogy, but keep my
Ancestry.com membership updated because one of my daughters has become a Mormon
and hopes to access my data eventually. I saw some humor in my newly acquired
But I have been interested in in the major migrations and have read several
books which we discussed here at the time.
As to Foucault, I read "Discipline and Punish, The Birth of the prison" and
"Madness and Civilization, a History of Insanity in the Age of Reason." I
started "The Order of Things, an Archaeology of the Human Sciences," but didn't
get very far -- perhaps because I was more interested other periods of history
at the time.
I have had an ongoing interest in Medieval History. The medievalist Norman
Cantor has two reading lists. He declared for the first list, that if you read
every book in it, you could, if medieval history wasn't your specialty, hold a
conversation in the faculty lounge with a non-Medievalist Historian. The
second list was much longer, and if you read every book in it Cantor would
consider you capable of holding a conversation with a medievalist --- something
like that. I read quite a few books on his lists, out of interest merely.
Foucault if I remember correctly is interest in no period earlier than the
Renaissance. Of course, I have had more interest in the later period over the
years; so maybe I'll read "The Order of Things" someday.
I know you said to just read the preface, but I think the preface is what
precipitated my decision not to read further -- perhaps because I was more into
some other period or subject at the time.
From: lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:lit-ideas-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Torgeir Fjeld
Sent: Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:01 AM
Subject: [lit-ideas] Re: Not completely not Norwegian
Not to split hairs, but Norwegian and Swedish (language, and, we will assume,
DNA composition) is German. The Scadinavian tongues are only possible to
specify as distinct entities approx. 1200 years ago.
Before that they were part of a general German "thing." We assume the same goes
more or less for Great Britain.
How come these codes are divided in accordance with our contemporary national
Recommended reading: Michel Foucault's Preface to _The Order of Things_
Mvh. / Yours sincerely,
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On Sun, 14 Apr 2019 at 13:46, Lawrence Helm <lawrencehelm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Several years ago I was interested in genealogy and when Ancestry.com
offered DNA checks, I sent them mine. Over the years they have issued
updates saying that the more people entered in their DNA database, the
more they can hone each individuals DNA results. Recently, as a
result of a significant honing, they have with considerable more
confidence than in the past reported that I am,
77% Great Britain
12% Germanic Europe
1% Norwegian J