both personal and private; … [that] brings a wealth of understanding about life in general, whether it is past or present, and opens a chance for deeper knowing of the self as it relates to the world … [and] has become more important to people who are searching for a sense of belonging.(p. 1)
Identities matter, and the words we put on things are part of how we make them real. There’s a power in naming that feminists and social justice activists have long highlighted. … Your name is your identity. The term for you is what situates you in the world. … Part of how our brains function and make sense of a vast and confusing universe is by naming and categorizing.
2.1. Re/Membering: Deconstruction of a Surname
Cognitive psychologists have long stressed that both the content and the process of remembering are social, that conversational and ritual behavioural processes are important aspects of remembering, as is membership of social or ethnic groups where memory is (per)formed against the backdrop of social norms, institutions and networks of communication.(p. 28)
2.2. The Intersection of Historical and DNA Data
DNA is often perceived as innate, immutable, and given, but is in fact subject to highly selective readings that contribute to the active construction of the identity both of individuals and of ‘imagined communities’ of individuals whose identity can be recalibrated following genomic exploration and the revelation of some form of shared ancestry.
3.1. Keesing, Kesche, Kezi or Käsher
3.2. What This Means
4.2. Fitzpatrick y-DNA Part I—The Changing of Everything
4.3. The Ghost of a Surname Past
4.4. A Fitzpatrick Dis/Membering
4.5. Fitzpatrick y-DNA Part II—A Chance to Re/Member
4.6. A Fitzpatrick Re/Dis/Membering
What We Know Today
Conflicts of Interest
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