Now that we are past the FTDNA summer sale, I will return to weekly project updates. This weeks' are pretty exciting. Martin Hendrix has joined the project as a co-administrator. He is helping to update Y-DNA and mtDNA chart subgrouping.
Family Tree DNA sent the following update to project administrators.
Hello Everyone, The project continues to grow, and it is wonderful to see geographic discoveries begin to come forward. This weeks find was made by Harald Alvestrand. Below are the counts for each major Y-DNA branch in the project for counties in Norway. In almost all cases, the ratio between the two major groups I [...]
This week I will finally get to cover a little bit of Native Americas information.
I have been asked about where the project is going with the new subgrouping. I will write a little about that this week.
Family Tree DNA's Summer Sale this year includes offers for both new kits and for upgrades. Upgrades First on the list for many of us are the options for Big Y upgrades. Updated for FLASH sale. Upgrades to Big Y-500 Test Standard Price Discount Amount Sale Price Y12 - Big Y 500 $629 $180 $449 [...]
There are two Italian 'sides' to my family tree. My mother's father's people come from Northern Italy. My father's mother's people come from the Palermo province in Sicily. In the Palermo province of Sicily is the medieval mountain town of Caccamo.
A recent article in the news raises concerns about how our genetic data may be used. It seems that Canadian Immigrations Officials are using DNA submitted to the Family Tree DNA database as part of their evidence in immigration cases. This is clearly bad DNA science.
This week's newsletter will cover the project's most recent published paper, the Q-L804 and Q-L527 branches, and new SNP Packs being developed by Family Tree DNA for Q-L804 and Q-L527.
I am going to keep things short this week, because I think the one topic I am covering is really important for us to understand. I am looking at the country of origin data for the project. This shows one of the limitations of the project and the FTDNA matching database.