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Family Tree DNA held their 9th Annual International Genetic Genealogy Conference, November 8-10, in Houston, Texas. There were numerous distinguished speakers reporting on the latest updates in the field. This is an exciting time in terms of genetic genealogy.
Interest in genetic genealogy appears to have reached a tipping point, with an explosion of interest in the United States and some other parts of the world. Prices for DNA testing have come down considerably, with more people getting tested, and research of genetic DNA growing substantially.
Family Tree DNA has rolled out the BIG-Y, which should add considerably to our knowledge base of the Y chromosome, which is shown to be invaluable to genealogists. Roberta Estes has written a wonderful article What About the Big Y?,
which you may find interesting.
Here at the Kenyon Project, we are anticipating increased interest and testing over the next year, and changes in how the Y-DNA markers will be sorted. Check back to learn more about these changes.
This isn't exactly "news" as several of you have already discovered and joined this group. Since every male in the Kenyon Project meets the criteria, it seems appropriate to let everyone know about its existence in case you weren't aware of it. After you log in, click on "Projects" at the top of the page, then "Join." Scroll down to "Y-DNA Haplogroup Projects," click on R(47). The group is listed at the top as R_R1b. Currently, the project has about 10 pages. Everyone, who has Y-DNA testing through FTDNA, can join, even if you haven't done additional haplotype testing. For those who have done additional testing (appearing in green), your haplotype is sorted by results. For those who haven't done additional testing of your haplogroups (your results appear in red), your results will be place in the last group, "Unable to confirm due to limited testing." There are 5-plus pages of the unconfirmed group all listed in order of your results. It still provides you additional information, comparing your results with others having the same haplogroup. FTDNA doesn't have a limit on the number of groups you may join, so search around and have some fun.British Isles by County Group:
This is a worthwhile group to join, since it provides the listing of hundreds of members from the British Isles, listed by county of origin.
Non-Paternal Events (NPE):
A Non-Paternal Event (NPE) is most likely the result of a child whose father is different from the surname tested. It can be the result of an adoption or an illegitimate birth somewhere along the line. If the results of your Y-DNA testing differ from what your lineage would predict,you may have a NPE.
For instance: Let’s say you have a solid paper trail for the immigrant John Kenyon, but your DNA (Y-DNA with 37 or more markers) more closely matches other males with a different surname. Since your paper trail goes back to the immigrant, then it is likely a NPE happened someplace along your line after he immigrated to America. This will pose another genealogical problem for you to solve, as you will be tracking a different surname, attempting to locate the location and circumstance of the NPE. You may even want to join the surname group of the surname you matched to in addition to the Kenyon Project. You can let the other project administrator know the circumstance of the request.
Contributions are always welcome. The money will be used only in rare cases where it seems that the only way to get a particular test for the project to pay at least a portion of the cost of testing. The money will only be used for tests done by FTDNA or to transfer information from a different test site to FTDNA. Any decisions concerning the use of such funds shall be made solely by the project administrators, subject to suggestions made by project members. Normally tests will be paid for directly by participants for themselves or others that they choose, rather than from the project funds.
Last updated: 17 November 2013