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Both the Y-DNA and the mtDNA test results contain no personal information, and you will match or be a close match to those to whom you are related. This is an opportunity to learn more about your origins and ancestry.
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You will see on our Y-DNA Results page (colorized version) that the results have now extended to two separate groups. Group 1’s ancestry goes back to the 18thcentury in England, while Group 2 goes back to mid-19th century Belarus. Both these groups have spread to many countries around the world.
We would be very keen for Miskin males of different family lines to take Y-DNA tests, to discover whether their lines are likely to share ancestral roots with either of these groups, or whether they represent distinctly different origins.
Y-DNA SNP tests give us a way to explore long term origins back up the human ‘family tree’ into the distant past way before records began. Our first Miskin SNP test indicated that Group 1 linked back to sub-clade L21 within haplogroup R1b. This sub-clade is thought to have originated in central or eastern Europe c.4000 years ago, i.e. in the bronze age. R1b-L21 is the most common sub-clade in the UK, shared by 25-50% of the population.
We have now had results from a more extensive‘Big Y’ test on the same sample, which positions this group in the deeper DF25 sub-clade within R-L21. DF25 is found primarily in Brittany, Britain and (in greater density) in Ireland; this distribution points towards a likely Celtic origin for Group 1.
Within DF25, the test points further to the even deeper sub-clade L658, which is believed to have originated around 800 years ago, just before surnames were being generally adopted in England.
https://www.eupedia.com/europe/Haplogroup_R1b_Y-DNA.shtml gives some interesting information on the prehistoric background to the origins of the R1b haplogroup and its sub-clades, and includes maps of current R1b distribution. Below the maps you will also find an individual ‘tree’ for R1b-L21. Follow down the tree via DF13 and you will find the DF25 sub-clade at its lowest level.