Jewish Q - New York 3 July 2018

Jewish Q DNA Project Weekly News – 3 July 2018


This is Rebekah Canada with the Jewish Q DNA Project. I have updated the project’s results page to show the branches of Q that we have documented in modern Jewish populations so far. Over the next few weeks, I will go over each one in our newsletter.

The first is Q-Y2232. The simple background on it is this. If your direct paternal line (your father’s father’s father) was Ashkenazi Jewish and you are a Y-DNA Q, then you are almost guarantied to be Q-Y2232 or a branch under it. Yup, that is it.

The project’s current goals for this branch are to get everyone in it up to at least a Y37 and a Q-L245 SNP pack test level. For this group, that is the basic testing level. Y111 and Big Y are better, but we would really like to see everyone at the basic level. Why? Because the basic level allows us to sort people into branches that formed in the Middle Ages. That will help us better understand family patterns in Eastern Europe.


This branch is primarily found in the modern Ashkenazi Jewish population. For those with Ashkenazi Jewish oral traditions, our definitive SNP appears to Q-Y2232. Other Jewish Diaspora Q branches seem to come from elsewhere on the Q tree. They likely came into the Jewish population separately from Q-Y2232. Immediately above Q-Y2232 is Q-Y2200. It is unclear right now how and when those who are Q-Y2200 but not Q-Y2232 are related to their Ashkenazi Jewish cousins.

Behar and others published a scientific paper January 2004 found 5.22% of Ashkenazi Jewish men to have the P36 marker (a SNP downstream from M242 and upstream from M378) whereas among the non-Jewish neighbors there was only 0.3% had this SNP. It now appears that many of us also have another SNP downstream from M378, the L245. As the results from additional testing become known we will share that information.

  • M242 29,000 to 34,000 years old; Eurasia and the Americas
    • L275 26,000 to 31,000 years old; Eurasia
      • F1213 12,000 to 16,000 years old; Eurasia
        • M378 8,000 to 12,000 years old; Eurasia
          • L245 5,100 to 6,700 years old; Eurasia
            • Y2998 3,200 to 4,100 years old
              • Y2209 2,900 to 4,000 years old; Eurasia
                • Y2211 2,900 to 4,000 years old; Eurasia
                  • Y2200 1,800 to 3,200 years old; Ashkenazi Jews and some Europeans
                    • Y2232 Ashkenazi Jews (4% – 6% of the Ashkenazi population today.)

Please join us in the project Activity Feed for discussion.

Kind regards,
Rebekah A. Canada
Volunteer Administrator FamilyTreeDNA

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.