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Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins

  • A11b

    Haplogroup A11b is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 4,700 and 15,900 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

    People: Nakhi Places: China and Tibet


Explore your maternal heritage in the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins.

Genetic Genealogy News

  • David Cannady lived in the land between lakes - Kentucky

David Cannady in the U.S. Federal Census

My search for descendants of David Cannady of Livingston county and McCracken county in Kentucky begins with looking at the records for him in the federal census. This search is a key part in my 2018 goals for Big Y DNA testing and the CANADA surname branch of my family.

  • Seaborn Smith Canada in Uniform - Gerald Sigler

Y-DNA Testing Strategy – Case 1, the Kennedy-Cannaday-Canada Family of Western Kentucky

One of the most important truths of genetic genealogy is that successes do not happen on their own. Genealogists plan them. Unless you are adopted or have an unknown paternity on your paternal line, the best practice for Y-chromosome DNA genealogy is testing of targeted people combined with traditional genealogy.

  • Y-DNA – Applied Genealogy & Paternal Origins Facebook Group

Announcing the Y-DNA – Applied Genealogy & Paternal Origins Facebook Group

On the 11th, I put together a Facebook group for Y-DNA, then I held off on pushing it live. I was not 100% sure what direction I wanted it to take. While waiting, I have discovered two things. First, the genetic genealogy community is ready to embrace NexGen type Y-DNA testing like Family Tree DNA's Big Y. Second, more than ever, new and even experienced community members are confused about what Y-DNA testing can do for their genealogy and the meaning of the jargon.

  • Y-DNA Trees and How They Grow

Y-DNA Trees and How They Grow

We just covered how the Y Chromosome Consortium formed and in 2002 published a united tree for the paternal Y-chromosome tree. The other thing they outlined in their 2002 paper was the ways the tree can change over time. Today's post will go over these.

Recent Journal Articles

Matriclans shape populations: Insights from the Angolan Namib Desert into the maternal genetic history of southern Africa

The view from southwestern Angola offers a new perspective on the populating history of southern Africa and the Bantu expansions by showing that social stratification and different subsistence patterns are not always indicative of remnant groups…

Genetic ancestry of families of putative Inka descent

This study focuses on the descendants of the royal Inka family. The Inkas ruled Tawantinsuyu, the largest pre-Columbian empire in South America, which extended from southern Colombia to central Chile.

Neanderthal language revisited: not only us

Overall our claims that Neanderthals were fully articulate beings and that language evolution was gradual are further substantiated by the wealth of new genetic, paleontological and archeological evidence briefly reviewed here.

Human mediated dispersal of cats in the Neolithic Central Europe

We investigated mtDNA of Holocene Felis remains and provide evidence of an unexpectedly early presence of cats bearing the Near Eastern wildcat mtDNA haplotypes in Central Europe, being ahead of Roman Period by over 2 000 years.

Latest Posts

  • MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

Use the MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage has added a chromosome browser to their autosomal DNA matches tool set. The MyHeritage Chromosome Browser is a simple yet elegant browser that allows you to quickly see the DNA you share with each match.

  • Genetic Genealogy Vocabulary Explained

Whit Athey's predictor

This is a Y-chromosome haplogroup predictor based on Y-STR values.

  • Genetic Genealogy Vocabulary Explained

Single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)

A Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) is a genetic change of exactly one base pair to another value.

  • Two new Q-M242 Big Y results

Two new Q-M242 Big Y results

The project has two new Big Y results. They are B40796, Grames, who is now Q-YP1466 and B193080, Reynaud, who is now Q-YP1237.