Together, the Van Gilder, Helton, and Woodall families belong to a new Native Americas branch, Q-BZ2034. The Heltons and Woodalls both have traditions of being Cherokee. The Van Gilders have a tradition of being Mahican.
They talk about not being able to see the forest for the trees. For Q-Y2200, this is not our problem. We have found many of the Jewish Q trees in the forest, and we know that Q-Y2200 is one tree. The problem is that we cannot puzzle out the trees and their branches by looking at the leaves.
The big news for the project today is that we have successfully funded three BIG Ys for the project. These include a Mahican Q-M3, a New Mexico Jewish Heritage Q-L275, and an Italian Q-L245. We are now working to fund testing of an Asian Q-M120 project member.
Family Tree DNA's Holiday sale ends at midnight on December 31st. If you plan to order the BIG Y for one of your kits, please check with me for help finding a $75 off coupon.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.