J2a4 Levant Genetic Match Group- Background
This group is primarily for people who are in the J2a4 haplogroup and match significantly on 12, 25, 37 and/or 67 markers. (And now some of us are taking the 111 marker plunge!)
We organized to answer the question of when, where, why and how we all connect.
And our common ancestral migration story is shaping up to be nothing short of complex and fascinating!
Some of us had our DNA analyzed as early as 2001 and as the years have passed we've been exchanging family histories, comparing genetic notes etc. The group has grown to over 170 folks and things are getting more interesting by the minute. We've added a lot of SNP testing to the mix to refine our story even further. We also work closely with our "mother" haplogroup project---the J-L24 group, which I highly recommend you join, if you haven't already.
There several subsets of this group that are of Jewish heritage with a cohanim tradition, but there are scores of members who are not and the diverse mix is significant and very valuable as we work towards our goal of identifying our clan's migrations and divergences over the last 500-2500 years.
Our current members range from all over the globe, including people with paternal origins in Italy, Spain, France, India, Turkey, Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Greece, Germany, Netherlands, England...to name just some of the places. Religious backgrounds (we are not focusing on practicing religions but on the religous-ethnic identity of oldest known ancestors) include Jewish, as mentioned above, as well as Christian (Catholic, Lutheran, Protestant, Syrian, you name it!), Muslim, Hindu, etc.
So if you are up for a wild ride into a diverse past via a genetic time machine...and your ydna haplogroup is J2a4 or one of its subclades (particularly J2a4h), please join us!
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