Thanks for your encouraging words.Alas, per DNA, you and I don't have a common ancestor for over 10,000 years.You can jump to message #4483 to see a summary of the BARTLETT lines as determined by DNA so far.The haplogroup for each (E3b1, R1b, I1a, etc.) provides the link back to the Deep Ancestry for each line.The E3b1's were in the Fertile Crescent 10Kya (thousand years ago), the R1b's were in Spain then, etc.My line is the only BARTLETT line (so far) who is E3b1 - my ancestor "appeared" (got off a ship??) in Richmond Co, VA in 1726 (age about 23, married with at least one child).His son migrated to Fauquier Co, VA 1768-1785 and then to Harrison Co, VA - they've been in the hills of WV since.
You need biology, anthropology, history, statistics, etc., etc. to keep up with the science in this field - and it is fascinating - but you only need to know two things to use DNA as a genealogy tool: 1. If the DNA results match, there's a common ancestor. 2. If the DNA results don't match, there is no common ancestor (within a timeframe for genealogists)
And the DNA is virtually 100% accurate - you can't say that about the census , tombstones, obituaries, wills, births, and almost every other record - DNA is pretty powerful when used properly - to confirm or deny a link.