DNA testing in a citizen science project like the Q-M242 Haplogroup project must be both progressive and pragmatic. Testing is progressive when it uses new technologies like BIG Y and advanced SNP packs to discover and explore new branches. It is pragmatic when it recognizes that all cannot afford the price of such tests and finds other options.
The Group 2.1 cluster within Q-L940 is primarily made up of ethnic Armenians. The history of Armenia and its connections to historic and prehistoric populations in both Anatolia and the
Q-L940 Group 4 is an Iberian branch that has links to the Romani people in Portugal. The Q-M242 project is funding the BIG Y of a member of the Domingues de Reyes family (kit 166847). This will help us...
The project has the opportunity to test an Native Americas male with the SCOTT surname. His Y-STR markers make him a distant match to the FREEMAN group on the Q-YP1462 branch of Q-M3. This links him to other Algonquian lineages.
Thanks to contributions to the project, we will be BIG Y testing a project member (Cardoza kit 29068) who is L66+. This will help us discover Y-SNP markers that reliably define this match. It will also allow us to find how recently the line is connected to the Anzick child.
The Q-M242 project would like to help fund a BIG Y for a Siberian Tartar, kit 584990. He descends form the indigenous people of Siberia.
Q-L940 is around 18,500 years old. As I mentioned in my last post, members of this branch who do not belong to the the Northwestern European Q-L527 branch are geographically wide spread. To date, they have only had limited BIG Y testing.
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Both Family Tree DNA and ISOGG (The International Society of Genetic Genealogy) have recently updated their trees for Y-DNA Haplogroup Q-M242. While some minor changes may be needed, this is a massive improvement. The project would like to thank Ray Banks and Katherine Borges of ISOGG and Michael Sager of Family Tree DNA for their efforts.
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.