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.
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.
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.
It was the beginning of the 21st century. Family Tree DNA and Oxford Ancestors were just getting started. Use of the human male sex chromosome DNA, the Y-chromosome DNA, for population history research was taking off for academic researchers.
The year is ending, and 2018 will be here shortly. It is time for change. It is time to realize that a revolution started sometime in 2010 that reached the genetic genealogy community in 2013 has come of age.
This morning, Family Tree DNA announced to project administrators some of the first major updates to their BIG Y product since its launch.
The big news for the project today is that we have successfully funded three BIG Ys for the project. These include a Mahican Q-M3, a New Mexico Jewish Heritage Q-L275, and an Italian Q-L245. We are now working to fund testing of an Asian Q-M120 project member.
Family Tree DNA's Holiday sale ends at midnight on December 31st. If you plan to order the BIG Y for one of your kits, please check with me for help finding a $75 off coupon.
Big Y progress and testing in the Q-M242 project is going exceptionally well. So far, we have results for 34 men. Kit Surname Project Subgroup 53601 Jackson F1096 > M25 | Q-M25 180029 Cwiklak F1096 > M25 > L712 | Q-L712 53682 Litke L275 > M378 | Q-M378 (DYS454=12) 303617 Kinas L275 > M378 > [...]