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S116/P312 not so much Bell Beaker perhaps Linearbandkeramik?

I was over at Family Tree DNA Forums and a fellow posted this: European Journal of Human Genetics advance online publication 25 August 2010; doi: 10.1038/ejhg.2010.146 A major Y-chromosome haplogroup R1b Holocene era founder effect in Central and Western Europe Natalie M Myres et al. The phylogenetic relationships of numerous branches within the core Y-chromosome haplogroup R-M207 support a West Asian origin of haplogroup R1b, its initial differentiation there followed by a rapid spread of one of its sub-clades carrying the M269 mutation to Europe. Here, we present [more...]

Date: 2010-08-26 10:54:31

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FTDNA Summer Sale 2010

Family Tree DNA (the lab we recommend) has just put their Y-DNA37 test (the test we recommend) on sale for 20 days. Here are the details:           Y-DNA37 for $119    (Regular price would be $149)           Y-DNA67 for $199    (Regular price would be $239)           Y-DNA37+mtDNA for $159    (Combined test would cost $238) The promotion started today, June 5, and will end June 25.    Kits must be paid for by June 30, 2010. Notes you can view any image at full size by clicking on it. I often have links embedded in the text, not always obvious. You [more...]

Date: 2010-06-05 19:00:00

Tracing the Tribe: The Jewish Genealogy Blog: DNA: Bennett ...

Discover Jewish history through the lens of DNA testing, with expert Bennett Greenspan, at the Dallas (Texas) Jewish Historical Society, at 7pm, Wednesday, May 26. The program is part of the Society's Harold A. Pollman Lecture Series, at its annual meeting and elections at the Aaron Family JCC, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. A familiar favorite at Jewish and general genealogy conferences, his talks always fill to capacity. His presentation will demonstrate the overlap between Jewish DNA found in Ashkenazi/Mizrachi and Sephardic populations and will [more...]

Date: 2010-05-25 05:45:00

FTDNA offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades

Y-DNA Upgrade Sale at Family Tree DNA Those of our readers who have already Y Chromosome tested at Family Tree DNA of Houston, TX will be interested to learn of this special price on upgrades. FTDNA is currently offering special prices for Y-DNA upgrades. The table below compares the regular surname group rates with the sale prices. The promotion will end July 19, 2010. Kits need to be ordered and paid for by midnight on that date. Click on the link below to go to the FTDNA web site. Then log in to your personal page and click on the special offers link in the left hand navigation bar. Click [more...]

Date: 2010-07-09 22:12:00

Family Finder call for data

Family Tree DNA (no endorsement) is offering an autosomal test in the form of Family Finder. Naturally, it would make sense to tweak EURO-DNA-CALC to include people who have results from FF. Unfortunately I haven't been able to track down a sample file on the FTDNA site, to see what the data format actually is. So, if anyone wants this feature added, feel free to e-mail me. DO NOT send your autosomal results right away, as I don't want to be flooded with data files. Just let me know you'd be willing to help and I'll let you know to send me the data. Assuming the data format is reasonable [more...]

Date: 2010-09-25 09:59:00

FTDNA test sale: June 5th through June 25th

If you are not already in a surname project, you can search for a project using the search box on their web page at http://www.ftdna.com/ Dear Family Tree DNA Group Administrator Last summer we offered a pricing special that was the most successful offering of its type in our company history. Project administrators got behind the recruitment efforts and for those that did, their projects grew and our database grew, so we'd like to offer a summer special again. Here are the details: Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149) Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239) Y-DNA37+mtDNA [more...]

Date: 2010-06-06 13:57:00

FamilyTreeDNA's sizzling sale starts today!

Go to FamilyTreeDNA.com, check out which projects exist for your name, geographic area or topical interest, and contact the group administrator for that group to receive an invitation. Many projects exist, such as New Mexico, Sicily, genealogical societies and more. Enter your name in the search box at FTDNA and see which groups might be a good fit. On a very personal note: If your Eastern European Ashkenazi family has a family story of Sephardic origin, a Sephardic surname, Mediterranean medical condition or other indicator, please click here for an invitation to the IberianAshkenaz DNA [more...]

Date: 2010-06-05 18:04:00

Upgrade sale at FTDNA: 8 July - 19 July 2010

A link to the login page is provided below. ALL ORDERS MUST BE PLACED AND PAID FOR BY MIDNIGHT JULY 19th TO RECEIVE THE SALE PRICE. http://www.familytreedna.com/login.aspx A notice of this sale has been sent to those customers who qualify for these Y-DNA upgrades. We would also like to take this opportunity to inform you that registration has begun for The 6th Annual Conference on Genetic Genealogy for Group Administrators, which will be taking place on October 30-31, 2010. You can find more about it here As always, we appreciate your continued support. Bennett Greenspan President Family [more...]

Date: 2010-07-08 21:34:00

Virginia Family Tree Genealogy: Family Tree DNA Results Arrive ...

According to the web page, that message has been displayed on the site since Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 4:00:57 PM. Why is Family Tree DNA partnered with a site that has been down for apparently seven months? I have also recently had several people complain that they have waited a long time for DNA test results from FTDNA. There must be something going on with them to be so disorganized. To top it off, after all of this waiting, they cannot tell us which Haplogroup Charlie belongs to and there are only eight matches in their database of 139,861 Y-DNA records at the 12-marker level (but all [more...]

Date: 2008-11-18 21:25:00

My FTDNA Results 37 marker test.. - ForumBiodiversity.com ...

I figured I might as well post them here... Officially confirms E1b1b1* that I got before.. but it has an uncanny relationship with E1b1b1a1 (on ysearch.org and the e3b project site I seem to have more similarity with E1b1b1a1 minus 2 marker values which sort of make mine distinct...) anyways here are my marker values. My DYS values DYS# 393 390 19* 391 385a 385b 426 388 439 389-1 392 389-2 14 24 13 10 15 16 11 12 11 14 11 31 458 459a 459b 455 454 447 437 448 449 464a** 464b** 464c** 464d** 16 9 9 11 11 28 14 20 33 14 15 17 17 460 GATA H4 YCA II a YCA II b 456 607 576 570 CDY a [more...]

Date: 2010-04-03 01:56:02

A Graphical Representation of J1*/J1c3 Frequency

I hope to investigate the relationship (to whatever extent one exists) between Assyrian J1 samples and those of the Western Aramaic speaking people of Ma'loula, Syria, through the newly created Aramaic DNA project at FTDNA. The great majority of Assyrian J1* have the allele frequency of 13 at DYS388. Population (n=) J1(total) J1* J1c3 Sudan (Khartoum)(35) 74.29% 0.00% 74.29% Yemen(62) 72.58% 4.84% 67.74% Bedouin Negev(28) 67.86% 3.57% 64.29% Ismaili Damascus(51) 58.82% 0.00% 58.82% Qatar(72) 58.33% 1.39% 56.94% Jordan(76) 48.68% 0.00% 48.68% Sunni Hama(36) 47.22% 2.78% [more...]

Date: 2010-08-05 07:26:33

Why are all my Y-dna matches on FTDNA Europeans?

http://img88.imageshack.us/img88/7628/myydnamatches.png They all appear to be western/central/eastern Europeans? None of them are from the near east. What is the significance of having no matches at the 25 marker level? Does that mean at the 25 marker onwards I am unique. Last edited by ChechenRebelZ; 2010-05-10 at 13:42.. Reason: edit: remove peoples personal [more...]

Date: 2010-05-10 12:19:33


Order by June 30 and get that test you've been wanting for you or a family member for record low prices: Y-DNA37 for $119 (Regular price would be $149) Y-DNA67 for $199 (Regular price would be $239) Y-DNA37+mtDNA for $159 (Combined test would cost $238) Kit must be ordered and paid for by June 30th, 2010 to qualify for the Summer Sale pricing. [more...]

Date: 2010-06-26 00:46:00

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog: How to use EURO-DNA-CALC with Family ...

How to use EURO-DNA-CALC with Family Finder (FTDNA) autosomal data. Thanks to the people who offered their help! You can use the existing EURO-DNA-CALC with Family Finder data. There are only 63 SNPs in common between the dataset used [more...]

Date: 2010-09-25 06:00:00

FTDNA Family Finder - Berry Family DNA_blog

23andMe's "Ancestry Edition" at $399 appears to be very similar to FTDNA's "Family Finder" for $249.    (FTDNA tells me that their "Family Finder" includes every SNP tested by 23andMe, plus additional ones provided by FTDNA) I was experimenting  -  so I tested 4 people at 23andMe  -  my Father, my Mother, my Wife and myself. I placed orders yesterday through the Beta offering for my Wife and my Father  -  which will give me a direct comparison  -  and give me access to FTDNA's database that will quickly grow  -  probably much faster than the one at 23andMe (FTDNA doesn't have a [more...]

Date: 2010-02-17 22:07:00

The Genetic Genealogist | FTDNA and SeqWright To Join 23andMe and ...

“ betting that public demand will soar for health testing as well, despite the skepticism of some physicians. Greenspan said Family Tree will begin testing for specific disease genes in a month or two. ‘We’ve been peppered with requests from customers for this kind of service during the last 18 months,’ he said.” The same article also states: “Since late 2007, a handful of companies such as deCODEme have been offering the service . Two Houston [more...]

Date: 2008-01-14 12:54:23

Dienekes' Anthropology Blog: Playing with ADMIXTURE

(Last Update: 22 Sep) I've been trying out ADMIXTURE recently. It's lightning fast compared to both frappe and STRUCTURE, its main competitors in the admixture estimate field, simple to use, and well-documented. My main goal was to analyze the data in the recent Xing et al. (2010) paper. It's unfortunate that many recent papers do not have their data online, or they hide them behind various institutional controls, but the data in that paper (a total of 40 populations typed for a quarter million markers) is available online. My main goal is to eventually update the EURO-DNA-CALC, making it [more...]

Date: 2010-09-19 18:42:00

Anglo-Celtic Connections: How many Y-DNA markers to test

According to the FTDNA web site, if you match exactly on 12 markers with someone with the same or variant surname then there is a 99% chance you have a common ancestor within the period in which surnames have been used. Finding that match might motivate you to upgrade. That is just what happened with a man in Australia with the same surname as me. He tested through the Geneographic Project, transferred his information to the FTDNA database. When we found a 12 marker match he decided to upgrade to a 37 marker text. For anyone with an interest in DNA, whether for anthropology or general [more...]

Date: 2006-11-27 12:16:00

FTDNA Summer Sale 2010 -- Extended

Sorry, I'm still at fiddle camp but until I return, if you've been wanting to test yourself or sponsor another.    Family Tree DNA (the lab we recommend) has just extended their Y-DNA37 test (the test we recommend) through June 30th. Here are the details:           Y-DNA37 for $119    (Regular price would be $149)           Y-DNA67 for $199    (Regular price would be $239)           Y-DNA37+mtDNA for $159    (Combined test would cost $238) Kit must be ordered and paid for by June 30th, 2010 to qualify for the Summer Sale pricing. By way of P.S. and in [more...]

Date: 2010-06-25 22:39:00

FTDNA Family Finder - ForumBiodiversity.com » Anthropology ...

I like what is described in the bold face, it would be quite convenient to be able to have direct contact with project members, but for myself it won't be of much use considering only a fraction of my cousins are FTDNA users and I already have my genealogy composed. It would be quite useful for others though who are interested in contacting those long lost cousins and such. One thing I do like is this could lead to more security when sharing GEDCOM's and such, with things like Ancestry.com your files, if made public, can be downloaded and viewed by anyone, this Family Finder thing could help [more...]

Date: 2010-02-16 22:00:09

FTDNA Family Finder test

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Family Tree DNA, the first and largest genealogical DNA testing company, today announced the launch of the Family Finder DNA test for connecting family members across all ancestral lines.    The test utilizes Affymetrix’ recently launched Axiom™ genotyping technology and the GeneTitan® System to confidently match a wide range of family relationships within five generations. Family Finder represents a major advancement over earlier genealogical tests, which revealed only connections along specific paternal lines (for males) or maternal lines (males or females).    [more...]

Date: 2010-05-15 07:13:00

Compare Autosomal DNA Tests for Genealogy and Adoption Search

Family Tree DNA plans to include a similar admixture test with Family Finder in the future.ADVANTAGE: Relative Finder 5. Health InformationAs noted before, 23andMe uses autosomal DNA testing to provide health information. It can measure your personal genetic risk for certain diseases, your status as a carrier for others, and your likely response to certain medications. It only includes those conditions with a proven genetic link. And it can’t factor in environmental factors such as your personal diet, exercise, and exposure to toxic substances. Nevertheless, the health information provided [more...]

Date: 2010-04-22 07:00:00

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