It has been too many months since I sat down to write about Q. I am pleased to report that there are exciting developments. The project now has 1,238. Of those, 143 have BIG Y results. Y-STR results are as follows.
Further, 963 people have entered their Paternal Ancestor Information. Thank you!
New Team Members
The project has two new co-administrators, Amy O’Leary and Nawaf Alsallami. Amy has joined us as our new communications lead. Amy has a background in nursing and manages her brother’s kit in the Q Project. She is helping us keep on top of correspondence with Family Tree DNA staff and keep the project running smoothly. Nawaf joins us as our Arab Tribe and linguistics advisor. His background is in applied linguistics. He is a member of the project and recently started the Arab Tribal Q Project at Family Tree DNA.
Q Story Pages
I have started work on pages for each Q branch. I will be adding demographic information from project members, the Geno 2.0 research database, and published papers. For an example of how they will look, I have the Q-M323 page done.
Coming Q-L245 SNP Pack Change
The Q-L245 SNP Pack has been extremely successful. We have learned much about distribution of project members on the branches under Q-L245. We have also learned a lot about how SNP Packs work. Rather than simply update the SNP Pack to include newly discovered Q-L245 SNPs, we have requested that Family Tree DNA expand it to cover all Q-L275 (Q1b) branches. If Family Tree DNA approves our request, this means that the SNP pack will be recommended to all who are tested or predicted to be on a Q-L275 branch. I am most grateful to Alessandro and Vladimir for their help with this update.
We have sent the requested update to Family Tree DNA and are waiting to hear back from them. The table below shows the requested changes. The notes in the Status column are:
Current: It is in the Q-L245 SNP Pack and should stay in the Q-L275 SNP Pack.
Add: We would like it added to the Q-L275 SNP Pack.
Remove: We would like it removed from the Q-L275 SNP Pack. This is either because it is not working well or because it has proven to be redundant.
Removed by Lab: The SNP was in the original Q-L245 SNP Pack request but was removed for quality reasons.
Alternate: The SNP is a backup should another requested SNP not work on the panel in planning.
Family Tree DNA Summer Sale
There are still a few days left to order a new kit for friends and family. The sale ends on the 31st. You can read about it here.
Institute for Genetic Genealogy Conference
Would you like to learn more about genetic genealogy and using your DNA results? The Institute for Genetic Genealogy has announced a conference in a few months in lovely San Diego, California. Read about it here.
Rebekah A. Canada – Volunteer Project Administrator
And the Q-M242 Team