U152 and Subclades Research Project is a research project focusing on the Haplogroup R1b1b2a1b4 / R1b1b2a1a2d defined by the SNP U152 / S28 and its subclades such as L2 / S139 (R1b1b2a1b4c / R1b1b2a1a2d3), L20 / S144 (R1b1b2a1b4c1 / R1b1b2a1a2d3a), L4 / S178 (R1b1b2a1b4d / R1b1b2a1a2d4) and many others. The main purposes of this advanced research project is the expansion of the U152 and Subclades Phylogeny by the discovery of new SNPs, the study of their point of origins and their probable migration routes.
Who can Join: Anyone who has been found to be U152 or downstream SNPs by FTDNA, iGenea or National Geographic Genographic Project or has been tested for STR markers by FTDNA and his U152 / S28 or downstream SNPs status was confirmed by another testing lab such as 23andMe, DecodeMe, Ethnoancestry or Genebase.
How to Join this Project: FTDNA members can join by clicking the "Join Request" button. National Geographic Genographic Project members must first do the free transfer of their results from the Genographic Project database to FTDNA database. See the "Learn More" link at the bottom of your Genographic Project personal page for how to do the free transfer. Once you have a personal account page at FTDNA, sign in to your personal account page and click on the "Join Projects" section in the upper left corner, scroll down to "Y Haplogroup Projects" section. Click on the R backbone haplogroup category. Then click on the R1b-U152 project link. You will then see a description of this project. Scroll down to the bottom and click on the small join button at the bottom of the R1b-U152 project description and join page. Individuals already in the broader R1b Project should subscribe to the U152 and Subclades Research Project once they learn they are U152 or downstream SNPs by first removing themselves from the R1b Project and then joining the U152 and Subclades Research Project. If you have never been tested before you need to order a Y DNA test kit. Click on this link to order it from FTDNA at a group rate!
Important note about useful key data for this project: When you join this project, be sure to fill in your direct paternal line "Earliest Known Ancestor" field in the "User Preferences" section of your personal account page otherwise a blank will display for that field in your entry. This entry should be based on the family's genealogical knowledge and information for the data in the field has to be based on evidence, not just speculation. If you don't know the full name and specific details about your direct paternal ancestor you could simply enter the his surname and or a country of origin if at least that is known. Also enter the latitude and longitude for your ancestor's origins so a pin will appear in the world map.
Questions and Queries about Test Results and Groups: For questions or discussion about the groupings of this project and/or ancient ancestry affiliations based on the SNP test results, please send all questions or queries to Tibor Fehér, Administrator (English, Hungarian) or Steve Gilbert, Co-Administrator (English, French), at the e-Mail addresses listed above. Please read the U152 and Subclades Group Descriptions by Tibor Fehér with descriptions and explanations for the project groups displayed in the "Y-DNA RESULTS" section of this project.
Charles Kerchner P.E. (retired) launched this project with FamilyTreeDNA in 2008 to learn more about the SNP U152 / S28. He was the first person in the general public domain in 2005 who was found to be U152 / S28 when that SNP test offering was first unveiled by EthnoAncestry. Dr. David Faux, an ex-partner with EthnoAncestry back in 2005 was also found to be U152 / S28. FTDNA started offering testing for U152 in 2008. Both U152 pioneers have retired from the daily DNA project management in early 2011 and Charles Kerchner handed over the project to Tibor Fehér and Steve Gilbert.