I just wanted to point to people this new website and excellent resource that Will Dougherty III (B2905) put together of his own free time and interesting in everything Ó Dochartaigh. It has tons of historical information on the surname. You can find the website here:
In light of recent news I thought I would re-share the link to the letter that Bennett Greenspan, CEO of FTDNA sent out to everyone (can read the full letter here: https://mailchi.mp/familytreedna/letter-to-customers?e=f7f0388e87).
There are a lot of sensationalized headlines floating around that the FBI have the "Keys to the Kingdom" with regards to all our data. These headlines are grossly inaccurate. What is occurring is that the FBI, like any customer, can submit a sample to FTDNA as any of us can in cases of Jane/John Does that they do not know the identities to and/or samples from violent crimes. Once doing this Law Enforcement have to do the the same thing we customers do in determining a common ancestor based on the matches to their samples and then work their way down to who the sample may belong to using the same genealogy methods we employ on discovering our ancestry. They do not have special tools or access in doing this, it is the same level access each of us have. Quite honestly the FBI could submit samples to any of these databases (Ancestry, 23andMe, MyHeritage, etc.) without even letting the company or its customers even know.
This being said the Doherty Project has no one leave so far. Out of the 5 surname projects I voluntarily administer totalling over 2000-3000 people, there has been only one case of a person leaving and their reason appeared that they had a large misconception on what FBI can access.
I'd be happy to discuss any concerns or answer an questions anyone has with regards to this. Keep in mind I'm not an employee of Family Tree DNA. Just a customer like everyone else here with an extreme enthusiasm for leveraging genetic genealogy to help validate and build family trees and connections.
All the best,
May and James Doherty when Kathi visited Clonmany in 2005
May and James Doherty Clonmany 2005, I think, with family and Kathi Gannon
Couldn't seem to be able to post the 3 pages at once, sorry I hope thsi is ok, Paul
My Great uncle John Doherty (Davis) wrote to my aunt Donna with a oral history of my family. I hope it's ok to post something like this, I recently sent in my sample so looking forward to finding my relatives. My wife and I visited the area my grandmother grew up in last fall and got to visit with a second cousin who showed us around the old family homes and Church and cemetery. It was an awesome experience.
Looks like FTDNA started a sale that runs only until November 22. Typically they start their Holiday Sale around Nov 22 until Dec. 31 with coupons so I would imagine something like this would occur again. Still these prices from now until Nov. 22 are about as low as they've ever been for those interested in delving into testing or initiating upgrades.
As always, if you are unsure about what type of testing or upgrades to do please consult the administration team for help and suggestions.
Group 1 Phylogenetic Landscape Update (8/7/2018)
All, here is an image with 2 red boxes around recent changes for BY471 clade. To see a higher resolution/enlarged image simply click the link: https://image.ibb.co/d22wdz/Untitled.png
Changes include a previously unclear SNP that was unnamed but share by 5 testers now being named BY171706. And now, below this clade testers Daugherty 373720 and Stroup/Daugherty 24073 formed a new clade under Y137170, both sharing a common ancestor around 1710-1720 AD.
Additionally, we have a BY471 tester (Osborne 95213) processing under BY471 but I don't expect them to change position from where they are currently at.
And recently there is a Dougherty tester just adjacent to BY471 belong to DF97 like the rest of us under BY21203 > BY21204 along with McNutt/McNitt. I expect another Doherty tester who is currently processing Big Y now to also fall into this clade. http://www.ytree.net/DisplayTree.php?blockID=589