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Posted by: Ian Goddard (ID *****9846) Date: December 05, 2008 at 09:55:27
In Reply to: Re: DNA Family Tree Report: NIALL OF THE NINE HOSTAGES by Alfred Grieshaber of 5279

If you check back you will find that the "may" on which I commented was in material which Linda had posted from another source. My comment was encourage her to distinguish between factual result she had obtained and the interpretation which accompanied it.

You rightly point out that I used circumspect language myself. Of course I did. It occurred in passages which presented interpretation. I hope you're not suggesting that a genealogist - or an investigator in any field - should not be careful to distinguish between evidence and interpretation.

Linda has posted a link to the original paper. I suggest that you read that paper. You will see, as I did, how little support it gives to the idea that a specific, named individual was the ancestor of so many Irishmen. It deals with the Ui Neill, an historically well-attested people, and does not even assert the historicity of Niall.

Ian Goddard

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