05/10/2011: The results page now includes descriptions of all mt-DNA found in this study so far, as well as an explanation on what the origins of these haplogroups, and what they mean to our study. Reference links have also been provided for further reading.
05/03/2011: The results page has been updated to include descriptions of all Y-DNA haplogroups found in this study so far, as well as an explanation on what the origins of these haplogroups, and what they mean to our study. If you haven't already, please visit the Results section to familiarize yourself with analysis done so far on Y-DNA origins. MTDNA results analysis to be posted soon.
12/20/10: The U6 mtDNA project has discovered what it believes to be a mutation in the HVR 2 region that is specific to, or at least indicative of, Sephardic lineage. The mutation is 150t and it is present in our study. This is very exciting news because this mutation was present in the Dominican Republic at least 150 years ago, meaning many people today may have this mutation in the DR.
12/09/10: We are approaching one year since the creation of this project and we are looking forward to another year of growth. In the past ten months the group size has grown from only having only one test result, to four other participants, so we can proudly say participation has gone up 500%! All jokes aside however, a main goal for the next year is to get the word out on this group to as many interested parties as possible, and from the looks of things, this shouldn't be difficult to accomplish. The Hispanic world is buzzing with interest in their Sephardic Jewish roots, and The Dominican Republic is certainly no exception. Dominican blogs all over the internet are discussing the topic of Jewish heritage, and Jewish activity in The Dominican Republic is currently surpassing levels seen in any other time period. Interest has peaked so much that the creation of this project has inspired other researchers to create their own studies! With such an abundance of interest it is my hope that recruiting will not be a difficult task. It may be that the costs of testing are making it difficult for interested individuals to join. That is why a secondary goal is to fund-raise on behalf of those who cannot afford to test. Donations can be made on the group home page. Monthly updates will continue to be made as of now, and periodic emails will be sent out to all group members to update them on news. If this is the first time you've visited this project's site and would like more information on how to join and what is involved, please feel free to e-mail me and I will be happy to assist.