Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins

  • J1c5c

    Haplogroup J1c5c is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 1,500 and 8,900 years (Behar et al., 2012b). Its exact origin is not yet clear but is likely in the Middle East.

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Genetic Genealogy News

Student Citizen-Science: Connecting the Jewish Future to Its Past

The Y-DNA Q-M242 Project will be partnering with Avotaynu in 2017 on several research initiatives to expand our knowledge of Jewish Heritage, Genealogy, and the branches of Haplogroup Q found in Jewish Diaspora populations.

Holiday Sale at Family Tree DNA

Family Tree DNA has announced their Holiday Sale. The message is clear. Every Monday customers will get coupons. If you like your coupon, use it. If you don't, get someone else to use it, and [...]

Exploring Microarray Chips

I am starting my first big adventure for the Genetic Genealogy Compendium. Four major genetic genealogy test sellers use microarray chips (Genotyping BeadChips) for products: Ancestry.com, 23andMe, Family Tree DNA, and the National Geographic Genographic Project.

The Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins – Initial launch

This morning, I am pushing the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins out into the world. Each of the requirements for it is complete. What remains is doing quality assurance work and flushing out the basic background text.

Recent Journal Articles

Genetic studies on the prehispanic population buried in Punta Azul cave (El Hierro, Canary Islands)

The aim of this study was to establish the genetic studies of the population from one of the most important known aboriginal funerary spaces of the island of El Hierro (Canary Islands), the Punta Azul cave, which harbors remains of 127 individuals.

Anthropologists’ views on race, ancestry, and genetics

Results demonstrate consensus that there are no human biological races and recognition that race exists as lived social experiences that can have important effects on health.

Chad Genetic Diversity Reveals an African History Marked by Multiple Holocene Eurasian Migrations

Here, we use genotype data from 480 samples from Chad, the Near East, and southern Europe, as well as whole-genome sequencing from 19 of them, to show that many populations today derive their genomes from ancient African-Eurasian admixtures.

Y chromosome haplotype diversity in Mongolic-speaking populations and gene conversion at the duplicated STR DYS385a, b in haplogroup C3-M407

High frequency of haplogroup C3-M407 (>50%) is present in the Buryats, Barghuts and Khamnigans, whereas in the Mongols and Kalmyks its frequency is much lower.

Latest Posts

Mahican BIG Y Testing

The project has the opportunity to BIG Y test the descendant of Toanunck who was a Mahican from the Egremont, Berkshire County, Massachusetts area before he moved to what is now West Virginia and changed his name to Jacob Van Gilder. To do this during the current SALE at Family Tree DNA would cost the project $450.

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Updating the Q-F1096 Tree & And the Unexpected Connection to the Americas

Q-F1096 has branches that reach across Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. It is also found in the Americas, which is something of a surprise. Alessandro, Vladimir, and I have been working on tree updates. Below is background on the Native Americas branches of Q-F1096 discovered in the past few years.

Journey Across Eurasia and the Americas – Updating the Q-L53 (xM3) Tree

Q-L53 is the parent to many Y-DNA Q branches in Europe, Asia, the Americas. While its Q-M3 branch is well known as the highest frequency branch of Y-DNA Q in the Americas, it is not the only one. Many other branches have their own geographies and their own stories... I will fill in a little of the back story on two important branches within Q-L53: Q-Z780 and Q-L804.

Updating the Native American Q-M3 Tree (P2) – Q-M242 News (6 Nov. 2016)

I am continuing from my previous post about updating the Native American Q-M3 branch of the paternal (Y-DNA) Tree. The team has been busy verifying branches and removing those that are not suitable for inclusion on a stable tree. As outlined before, we are excluding the use of Y-SNPs that are recurrent and branches that are defined only by recurrent Y-SNPs. The new Q-M3 Draft Tree is below.