The goals of this project are:
To advance our understanding of the split between the indigenous Americans from their Eurasian progenitors through thoughtful analysis of genetic information found on the Y Chromosome.
To gather as many Y-DNA samples from native Mexican and Southwestern USA lineages as possible. Native lineages are defined as those belonging to specific subclades of Y-DNA Haplogroups Q and C.
In addition to the current geographic area known as Mexico to also include lands that have been historically associated with Mexico, these are primarily the southwestern border states of: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
To analyze available SNP's and STR-based haplotypes of project participants and group them into appropriately similar sub-groupings. By grouping the project members we hope that patterns will emerge which might provide clues about deep lineage associations such as geographic origins, tribal origins, etc.