Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins
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Genetic Genealogy News
Family Tree DNA sent out the following email on the evening of the 18th. Please keep in mind that although the two public databases are being shut down there will not be a direct impact on your FTDNA test results, matching, or project participation.
Announcement FTDNA Admin GDPR 2: Group Project Updates about the General Data Protection Regulations
Family Tree DNA sent the following information out to project administrators on the 15th. One of the most important changes that is being folded in with the GDPR updates is that new project members will have to change the default setting after they join a project to allow the project administrator to impersonate into their kit. This is important for doing things like downloading the CSV file of BIG Y500 STR results.
Family Tree DNA's plans to shut down both YSearch and MitoSearch were announced in the FTDNA Forums by Darren on the 10th. While both sites have needed updating for a long time, they have provided a valuable service to the community.
Recent Journal Articles
Recent and compelling archaeological evidence attests to human presence 14.5 ka at multiple sites in South America
and a very early exploitation of extreme high-altitude Andean environments.
Ancient mitogenomes of Phoenicians from Sardinia and Lebanon: A story of settlement, integration, and female mobility
In this study, we investigate the extent of Phoenician integration with the Sardinian communities they settled. We present 14 new ancient mitogenome sequences from pre-Phoenician (~1800 BCE) and Phoenician (~700–400 BCE) samples from Lebanon (n = 4) and Sardinia (n = 10)…
Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans
The origins and genetic affinity of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands, commonly known as Guanches, are poorly understood.
Using phylogenetic modelling with allele frequency correlations and rare variation, we present a comprehensive model for the complex peopling of North America.
Work continues on updating subgroup names. I now have all subgroups renamed to show their path from HV to the correct branch on the tree. I am now adding the defining variants (sometimes called mutations) for each branch and the age of the branch where known.
This is Rebekah Canada from the H & HV mtDNA Project. For those who don't know me, I have included a short biography below. I checked in on the project late last month and soon realized that there were over 5,000 people un-grouped in the project. As Robert A. Heinlein said, the roads must roll. Thus, I am back for a little bit at least. As of today, all project members are now in mtDNA subgroups. I am working to update the names of subgroups to be more useful. When I am done, they will include...
This is a quick guide to adjusting your privacy settings for project participation at Family Tree DNA. I, personally, take my privacy extremely seriously, and I hope your own seriously too. The new GDPR law in Europe has inspired some positive changes at Family Tree DNA, and there are account settings that need to be adjusted accordingly.