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In the United States, the Davis surname is the 7th most common name. They are a racially diverse group, being 64.7% white, 30.8% black, and 4.5% other according to the 2000 US census.The Davies surname is the 988th most common surname, and is much less racially diverse, being 91.34 % white. In Great Britain, this is reversed. There Davies is the 6th most common surname overall, and being the most common surname in 7 of the 22 Welsh councils. Davis is the 54th most common surname, but is 4th in Bristol and 5th in Gloucestershire.

Saint David (c. 500 – 589) is the patron saint of Wales
. The Welsh word for David is Dafydd. In Welsh, the f is pronounced as a v, the y as an I, the dd as th, so Dafydd is pronounced dah-vith, which became Anglicized to Davis, or the possessive form Davies. NOTE: In Wales, I believe most still pronounce Davies as day-vis, not day-veez as in the U.S. and England.


2015 HOLIDAY SALE! (now through December 31st)

Y-DNA37 - $129
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Here is the regular pricing for project members:

Y-DNA37 - 37 marker test for $149 (Non-group price is $169)
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Y-DNA111 -111 marker test for $339 (Non-group price is $359)

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FTDNA is pleased to announce the launch of Y-DNA "ThirdParty" uploads.

This will allow for the upload of 33 and 46-marker Y-DNA test results from Ancestry, GeneTree and Sorensen's SMGF. This was a natural development since the necessary tools were created to import the DNA Heritage database after they ceased operations. While the DNA Heritage transfer is free of charge as a result of that acquisition, we will be charging a nominal fee of$19 per person to import third party results into Family Tree DNA. This $19 fee will be credited to customers who order upgrades or add-ons.

For an additional $39, customers who transfer their third party results will also have additional markers tested so that they can receive matches to Family Tree DNA's 25 or 37-marker level, ancestral origins, and other features of the personal page.

Please click on the following link if you are interested in ordering the Third Party transfer:

What do you get when you transfer third party results?

The $19 fee will provide the customer with a Family Tree DNA personal page which will allow them to join Family Tree DNA projects freely. This means results will be available to the administrator and included on the project's public page for comparison with other project members.

The $58 fee ($19 transfer fee + $39 for the added markers to Family Tree DNA's 25 or 37-marker level) will include the same features provided to Family Tree DNA customers in their personal pages.

For any additional questions related to Third Party transfer, please refer to our FAQ section for help.


Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland (2007) by Bryan Sykes
DNA USA (2012) Bryan Sykes
FOR ADOPTEES - Finding Family: My Search for Roots and the Secrets in My DNA (2012) by Richard Hill
Deep Ancestry: Inside The Genographic Project (2007) by Spencer Wells
The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey (2004) by Spencer Wells
Trace Your Roots with DNA (2004) by Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner
Adam's Curse (2004) by Bryan Sykes
The Seven Daughters of Eve (2001) by Bryan Sykes
Genealogy and Genetics: A theme issue of the National Genealogical Society Quarterly- Volume 93, No. 4, December 2005.



The Institute for Genetic Genealogy is proud to make available for purchase videos of 27 presentations that were given at the 2014 International Genetic Genealogy Conference. Access to the all 27 of the videos can be purchased for $50 or you may purchase access to them individually for$4 each. Click on access to all 27 presentations at the conference that were videotaped. All but three of the presentations given at the conference were videotaped. The three presentations that were not videotaped were those given by Spencer Wells, Angie Bush, and Jim Bartlett. However, much of the material that Jim covered in his presentation was also included in his portion of the Family Tree DNA workshop, which was videotaped. The overall level of complexity of each of the presentations is indicated at the end of the titles below. The quality of the videos varies. Some of the videos were shot with professional video taping equipment and somewere shot with lower quality videotaping equipment. Below is a list of the presentations that were shot with high quality video taping equipment: Workshop by Anna SwayneB.S. – Getting the Mostfrom AncestryDNA – (Beginner)
23andMe Workshop by Joanna Mountain Ph.D. and Christine Moschella –Exploring All of 23andMe’s Genealogy Features – (Intermediate)
Family Tree DNA Workshop – Exploring All Family Tree DNA Products by MauriceGleeson (Y chromosome overview), Jim Bartlett (Family Finder/autosomalDNA),CeCe Moore (mitochondrial DNA overview), and Janine Cloud (other features)–(Intermediate)
Blaine Bettinger Ph.D., J.D. – Using Free Third-Party Tools to Analyze Your AutosomalDNA – (Intermediate)
Rebekah Canada B.S. – Wanderlust – The Story of the Origins and Travels of mtDNAHaplogroup H through History and Scientific Literature – (Intermediate)
Julie Granka Ph.D. – AncestryDNA matching: large-scale findings and technology breakthroughs – (Intermediate)
William E. Howard III, Ph.D. – Using Correlation Techniques on Y-Chromosome Haplotypes to Determine TMRCAs, Date STR Marker Strings, Surname Groups, Haplogroups and SNPs – (Advanced)
Tim Janzen M.D. – Using Chromosome Mapping to Help Trace Your Family Tree–(Advanced)
Razib Kahn B.S. – Tearing the Seamless Fabric, Ancestry as a Jigsaw Puzzle –(Intermediate)
Thomas Krahn Dipl.-Ing. – I’ve Received My Y Chromosome Sequencing Results–What Now? – (Advanced)
CeCe Moore – The Four Types of DNA Used in Genetic Genealogy–(Beginner/Intermediate)
Joanna Mountain Ph.D. – 23andMe Features – (Intermediate)
Ugo Perego Ph.D. – Native American Ancestry through DNA Analysis–(Intermediate)
Judy Russell J.D. – After the Courthouse Burns: Lighting Research Fires with DNA– (Intermediate)
Larry Vick M.S. – Using Y-DNA to Reconstruct a Patrilineal Tree – (Beginner)

Below is a list of the presentationsthat were shot with lower quality videotaping equipment:

Terry Barton M.B.A. – Surname ProjectAdministration –(Intermediate)
Shannon Christmas M.A. – Identity by Descent: Using DNA to Extend the African-American Pedigree – (Intermediate)
Karin Corbeil B.S., Diane Harman Hoog M.B.A., and Rob Warthen M.S. – Not Just forAdoptees – Methods and Tools for Working with Autosomal DNA from the Team – (Intermediate)
Katherine Hope Borges – International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG)–(Beginner)
William Hurst B.S. – Mitochondrial DNA Focusing on Haplogroup K –(Intermediate)
Kathy Johnston M.D. – From X Segments to Success Stories: The Use of the X Chromosomein Genetic Genealogy – (Advanced)
Maurice Gleeson M.D. – An Irish Approach to Autosomal DNA Matches–(Intermediate)
Greg Magoon Ph.D. – ‘Next-gen’ Y chromosome Sequencing – (Advanced)
Doug McDonald Ph.D. – Understanding Autosomal Biogeographical Ancestry Results–(Advanced)
David Pike Ph.D. – The Use of Phasing in Genetic Genealogy – (Advanced)
Bonnie Schrack B.A. – Y chromosome Haplogroups A and B – (Intermediate)
Debbie Parker Wayne CG – Mitochondrial DNA: Tools and Techniques for Genealogy–(Beginner)




FindingYour Roots (2012) DVD The basic drive to discover who we areand where we come from is at the core of this 10-part PBS series Finding YourRoots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., the 12th series from Professor Gates. Continuing on the quest begun in his previous projects, African AmericanLives, African American Lives 2 and Faces of America, Gates finds new ways to, as he says, "get into the DNA of American culture." Hetakes viewers along for the journey with one celebrity pair bound together by an intimate, sometimes hidden link. And he treks through layers of ancestral history to uncover the secrets and surprises of their family trees.

Gates' guest pairings include...
- Award-winning husband-and-wife actors Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, who are revealed to be distant cousins;
- New Orleans jazz masters and close friends Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis,whose European immigrant ancestors made very different choices in the slave-era South;
- Spiritual leaders Angela Buchdahl, Yasir Qadhi and Rick Warren, whose ancestors'paths to America were shaped by religious convictions; and
- Education superstar Geoffrey Canada and media legend Barbara Walters, who both rediscover family histories long obscured by forgotten name changes.

Gates shares the findings with each guest and travels with them as they process what they've learned. He accompanies musician John Legend to a rock concert, goes backstage on Broadway with Samuel L. Jackson, joins New Jersey Mayor CoryBooker as he reveals the root-seeking results to his parents, and trails Dr.Sanjay Gupta and Geoffrey Canada to memorable family reunions. The series searches through several branches of the American past, leaving audiences all the more curious about their own background and eager to unearth their ownfamily roots.


Faces of America (2010)DVD What made America? What makes us? These two questions are at the heart of the new PBS series Facesof America wit h Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Building on the success of his series African American Lives (called by the New York Times "the most exciting and stirring documentary on any subject to appear on televisionin a longtime") and African American Lives 2, Harvard scholar HenryLouis Gates, Jr. again turns to the latest tools of genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans.

Looking beyond the black experience to the wider immigrant experience, Professor Gates unravels the American tapestry, following the threads of his guests' lives back to their earliest origins around the globe. Along the way, the many stories he uncovers -- of displacement and homecoming, of material success and dispossession, of assimilation and discrimination -- illuminate the American experience. Professor Gates' guests include professor and poet Elizabeth Alexander, who composed and read the poem at President Barack Obama's inauguration, chef Mario Batali, comedian Stephen Colbert, novelist Louise Erdrich, journalist Malcolm Gladwell, actress Eva Longoria, musician Yo-Yo Ma, director Mike Nichols, Her Majesty Queen Noor, television host/heartsurgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz, actress Meryl Streep, and figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi.


The HumanFamily Tree (2009) DVD Join geneticist Spencer Wells and a team of technicians from National Geographic's Genographic Project as they trace the human journey through time and space, from our origins in the heart of Africa to the ends of the world. Cutting edge science, coupled with a castof New Yorkers—each with their own unique genetic history—will help paint a picture of these amazing journeys.

African American Lives 2 (2008) DVD In February 2006 the PBS series African American Lives narrated by acclaimed Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates showed the results of extensive genealogical searches of prominent African Americans including composer and producer Quincy Jones talk show host Oprah Winfrey and comedian Chris Tucker. Reaction to the show spurred thousands of black Americans to begin or renew the search especially with the help of DNA testing to find their origins. Gates and PBS have teamed up for a sequel that will air in February 2008 but this version will have a twist: A member of the general public will be selected to have his or her genealogical roots traced. The winner s story will be told along with those of several celebrities including Chris Rock Morgan Freeman Tom Joyner Maya Angelou Don Cheadle and others.

African American Lives (2006)DVD A compelling combination of story telling and science AFRICAN-AMERICAN LIVES is an unprecedented four-hour series on PBS that takes Alex Haley's Roots saga to a whole new level. The series will profile some of the most accomplished African-Americans of our time using genealogy and DNA to trace their roots down through American history and back to . Hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. W.E.B. Du Bois professor of the Humanities and chair of African and African-American Studies at Harvard University Dr. Gates will provide access to the day-to-day lives of several prominent African-Americans drawing on photographs film clips music and earl personal records while a team of researchers genealogists and forensic DNA analysts will conduct investigations into their family histories. By spotlighting African-American role models the series hopes to inspire millions to consider their own heritage and underscore for all Americans the importance of knowing their past in order to unlock the future.

Journey of Man
(2003) DVD How did the human race populate the world? A group of geneticists have worked on the question for a decade, arriving at a startling conclusion: the "global family tree" can be traced to one African man who lived 60,000 years ago. Dr. Spencer Wells hosts this innovative series, featuring commentary by expert scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists.