Ever since I could read, National Geographic has been a favorite of mine and there’s no doubt that it has played a significant role over the years in recording social history throughout the world.

My previous post was the announcement by Ancestry.com on Tuesday, November 16, that a strategic alliance had been made with National Geographic Digital Media to help subscribers make new discoveries in their family history. This prompted me to take a fresh look at National Geographic’s web site. Probably due to the way that we receive news nowadays, it had slipped off my personal radar.

The web site is classy and colorful and, in typical National Geographic flair, makes an effective visual impact.  And, as I might have guessed, they currently have an impressive lineup of products and projects.

It’s actually one of the projects that I’m writing about today. It’s called “The Genographic Project—A Landmark of the Human Journey” and likely to be of great interest to people researching their ancestors who are also interested in the world of DNA.

The project is a 5-year DNA study run by National Geographic’s Dr Spencer Wells, a team of international scientists, and IBM researchers.  They are making use of “cutting-edge genetic and computational technologies to better understand our human genetic roots”.  The hypothetical questions posed to readers on the web site are: Where do you really come from? And how did you get to where you live today?

The material posted online does indicate that the project is well underway, so it will be interesting to learn what has been discovered at the end of the designated 5-year period. I do wonder if 5 years is enough to complete such a large assignment.

To read more about the study and/or to participate click on the link below:


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