J2a-L26 Levant Matches

With Special Focus on Subclades Downstream of L24
  • 958 members

About us


The majority of members of this group are in the J2a branches under L-26, although there is a focus on some sub-groups in closely related branches.  Most haplogroup members match significantly on 37, 67 and/or 111 markers.  A large percentage have also done the BigY700 or SNP (mutation) testing to identify their exact branch under L26. 
This SNP testing is very important if you want to know more specifically about your paternal line heritage. 

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 700 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.  

There several subsets of this group that are of Jewish heritage, many with a strong cohanim tradition. There are special studies going on now focusing on:
  • the J2-FGC4992 (FGC4975 on the YFull DNA Tree) branch
  • the J-L70's two primary Jewish branchs---and we also are seeing some fascinating linkage between L70 Italian, Turkish and ancient Jewish lineages. 
  • a newly identified Jewish cluster on J2a-Z6048, a brother branch to L26, that is connected with a significant rabbinical lineage (Kukla-Joffe--DeVitry).
  • the J2-L243 Jewish clusters where some BigY upgrading is revealing new branching and connections
Then there is the curious case under branch J-M317 where a group of British and Scandinavian folks are working on figuring out how their lineages connect and then saunter back to the Levant...a story of at least 1,000 years. 

Some members within the group are focusing on a surname lineage with amazing success---such as the HOLT subgroup.

These few examples are among the possible outcomes when one mixes genetics and genealogy.  We have scores of members with different ethnic backgrounds and a couple of sub-groups of people who are not J2a but have connections to people who are in the project and are there for comparison.

This 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 religious-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 one of the subclades under J2a [M172-M410], please join us!  And feel free to ask questions anytime.

Deb Katz
Volunteer Administrator