My DNA tests confirm that two branches of my family are from Northern Ireland (Davidson and Drake). I have had no luck finding any birth or death records from my GGF Patrick Drake, other than his marriage certificate from Downpatrick in 1853. I am not sure where he was born in NI. Any suggestions are appreciated.
I (I being the niece of Frederick ~ Stephanie) spent about 10 days in Ulster Province (Donegal) in late March. My purpose for the time I spent there was mainly to photograph the amazing landscapes of Donegal. I'm a photographer, and I've been having an ongoing love affair with the Irish landscape, so I've made six trips in the past 18 months to shoot various locations in Ireland. But, I do have Ulster ancestry...of all the Irish ancestors in my family tree, the majority of them were from Ulster Province. The problem for me finding any real, tangible, living ties to anyone in Ulster (or in Ireland at all, for that matter) is that my Irish ancestors all migrated to America early. The most recent known ancestor who was actually born in Ireland that I know of was born in the early 1700s.
At any rate, I've not been on my FTDNA account for a while, and thought I would make an initial post here in the Ulster project. I manage this account, which is the YDNA account for my maternal uncle. I wanted to capture the YDNA for my mother's patrilineal line, and my grandfather has been deceased for nearly 30 years, and my uncle graciously agreed to do the test. I've also YDNA tested my father and two cousins (all accounts I also manage), have done the mtDNA test myself, and have had all of these atDNA tested, as well, along with my daughter and brother. So, I'm fairly well invested in DNA testing at this point. The main problem for me is that my passion is landscape photography, and both photography and genealogy require a big time investment in order to ever become truly proficient. So, I tend to have to prioritize at times, and that always leaves one or the other wanting. :)
This is an image from my recent visit to Donegal. This is the Old Church of Dunlewey, near Gweedore. Mount Errigal overlooks the church to the north, and the Poisoned Glen and Glenveagh National Park is just behind. There is a fascinating story that goes along with the church, and I was lucky enough to have a local gentleman named Pat stop and have a chat with me when I was here to tell me all about it.
I'll be back in Donegal in September, and would love to connect with anyone in this group who may live there. Thanks for reading my note! Perhaps I'll even make a familial connection here, as well. Have a lovely day!
Why does FTDNA say someone was last online 2 years ago when they just posted something 23 hours ago? So many things I could harp on about FTDNA.....ugh......
Ulster friends, I hope your research is serving you well. I am looking to connect with fellow Ulster researchers that are researching the name Wood/Woods. My 2nd Great Grandfather, James Woods Sr. (1828 Belfast - 1905 Sewickley, PA USA) was born in Belfast, Ireland according to his eldest son's death certificate. James was born in 1828 and lived in Ireland until he emigrated to the US in 1846 with his parents (unknown). James settled in Allegheny (Pittsburgh) PA until 1863 until moving to a rural farm around 1863.
Further to my introductory post above, here is a photo of the core group of the 'Ireland' surname members of Dufferin County, Ontario, Canada about 1900.
The Ireland brothers and sisters of Dufferin County, Ontario, are portrayed above, in a studio shot, probably in Shelburne Ontario, around 1900. Robert Ireland, my great grandfather is seated 3rd from the right, the others are described in the following note from the photo....
"From Isabel Ireland: L to R: back row, standing, George Ireland, Hugh Ireland, William H. Ireland. Front, sitting, Etta Ireland, John J. Ireland, Frances (Fanny) Ireland, Robert Ireland, Margaret Ireland. Note from James Noble: "The portraits in the back are of John and Catherine (Moore), and hung in the house my wife lived in Mansfield after her dad retired from the farm. They had hung at the farm previously"
The wall hung portraits are of my great great grandparents, John Ireland and Catherine Moore.
- Robert M. Ireland
My name is Andrew Quintana, and I am the account manager for my uncle Warden Scott. In my attempt to better understand a RecLOH event, it was suggested that I check out the 9919andMultiRecLOH FTDNA web page. (Catchy Name!). In reading the objective of the project, they want to identify people who have 459=9-9 and YCAII=19-19. In addition, I thought it would interesting to identify people that had the target 459 and YCAII values, but also have CDY=35-35, 36-36, 37-37 … OR 413=23-23 or 24-24. I have very limited DNA knowledge, but it was easy to notice the CDY matches were all from Haplogroup I, and the 413 matches were from Haplogroup R. Anyway, I wanted to know from someone with a stronger DNA background if this report is useful? Also, what changes would you like to see in this report to make it more useful? Finally, is there anything you can conclude from the report?
My name is Andrew Quintana (B101459), and I am the account administrator for my 90 year old father Ricardo Quintana (B101674), and my uncle on my mother's side (489956). In attempt to get a better understanding of what people in the DNA field would like to see in reports, I need to understand what information is useful them, and learn the best ways to apply it, I'm looking for feedback a report I'm working on. The report combines data from 14 FTDNA projects, and only selected complete YDNA111 records. I have created filters for Haplogroups/SNPs, 111 STRs, Country, Kit Number, and Projects. I then ran a side-by-side test using 52 STRs from my uncle YDNA111 results, and I used the same 52 STRs from my own DNA results. I adjusted the report filters until I had between 5-10 matches in the Haplogroup I report, and the Haplogroup R report.
With this in mind, is this type of information useful? How could I better verify these matches are closely related? What suggestions to you have that could improve the report? What do the think are the relationship levels between matched kits? Is a 52 marker match (or higher in some cases) provide you with enough information to determine the matched kits are worth upgrading the a BigY test?
My name is Andrew Quintana (B101459), and I am the account manager for both my 90 year old father Ricardo Quintana (B101674), and my uncle Warden Scott (489956) on my mother's side. As a senior database administrator/programmer I'm good a developing reports, but due to my limited DNA knowledge, I need a better understanding of what types of reports are useful to people to DNA backgrounds. Therefore, I am asking for feedback I what types of reports/tools are needed by DNA projects administrators, as well as reports that can benefit people like myself that have limited DNA knowledge.
In my sample report I developed, I took result data from 14 FTDNA projects I am associated with, that had complete YDNA111 data. I then built in 111 STR filters, as well as filters like haplogroups, SNPs, and other project data. I then assign 64 STR values that are associated with my DNA results, which then updates a pivot table with matching results. The fields in red font I assigned an ALL value, but I played around with the other 64 STR values to change the results in the pivot tab. For the cells that contain summary data, you can double-click the cell to pop-up a new tab the contains all the detailed data.
Anyway, if this type of report helpful, or am I barking up the wrong tree.
My name is Andrew Quintana (B101459), and I am the account manager for my 90 year old father Ricardo Salvador Quintana (B101674), and also for my uncle on my mother's side (489956). I recently extracted data from 14 FTDNA projects (which we were members), only selected records that were tested at the 111 marker level (or higher), and removed records that didn't have values in ALL the fields that were used in the report. The 14 FTDNA projects include: Amerindian-Mexico; Haplogroup I: Subclade I1; Iberian Peninsula DNA; Mexico DNA; New Mexico DNA; NMGS DNA; R1b; R-DF27; Scandinavian Y-DNA; Scott DNA; Spain DNA; Taos DNA; Ulster Heritage DNA; and Viking Y-DNA.
Anyway, I am a senior database administrator/programmer, but I only have limited DNA experience. I am looking for help from others that do have a DNA background, and want to know what types reports would aid their research, but also be useful to myself in narrowing down the best candidates to upgrade to higher DNA tests. Although it is probably better to analyze a single haplogroup at a time, could there be any value in looking at relationship between 2 or more haplogroups? Since my father and I were assigned the "R" haplogroup, and my mother's uncle belongs to "I" haplogroup, I decided to use them as my example haplogroup comparison. I then identified 25 STRs that my uncle, father and I had in common, and used them in filters in my report. The associated image to this post shows the results of my filtered report.
So, do you feel this report is helpful, or have suggestions to improve the report? Am I completely missing the boat, or is there some value? Should I not compare data from different FTDNA projects, and just analyze data from a single project?
Anyway, your feedback would be helpful, since I'm trying to learn more about DNA, so I can focus on the right type of DNA analysis.
Have a nice day! :)
There are two ways of finding younger SNPs to narrow down the assigned haplogroup.
SNP Packs like the R-M343 Backbone (more than one will be required to find the youngest ‘currently’ know SNP) or a Next Generation Sequence (NGS) ‘discovery’ test like Big-Y which will find all the currently known SNPs plus the previously unknown SNP mutations (called Novel Variants or Singletons) that are unique to that man.
For more information about SNP testing go to https://dna-explained.com/2012/08/10/to-snp-or-not-to-snp/
The essentials of Y-DNA are:
1) STR test to :
a) Conservatively estimate a haplogroup;
b) Find surname matches with a close GD.
2) SNP test to:
a) Better define the relationship with surname matches;
b) Find men with different surnames but who match the same SNP.
3) NGS SNP ‘discovery’ test to:
a) Discover Novel Variants;
b) Match Novel Variants with other men and grow the Y-Tree;
c) Find relationships within a genealogical timeframe by eventually finding matches for all Novel Variants.
4) Many people testing, the more the better and the wider the coverage and countries the better. If a NGS test like Big-Y is an option there is no need to SNP Pack test like the R-M343 Backbone.
Trust the table summarising what Y-DNA can and cannot do helps people new to Y-DNA with their decisions on what test(s) to take.
I just received my uncle Warden Scott's Y-DNA results (Kit # 489956), and he was assigned haplogroup I-M253. Is it typical to have less than 20 matches?
John and Lavinia born 1820s married 1845 in Ulster probably Co. Londonderry. John Irwin born 1856 probably around Balteagh or Ballyleaghery married Mary Jane Caledwell 1871. Moved to Scotland 1881 along with most of his siblings.
I believe this to be my Paternal line. Please read below and offer your comments, guidance and any direction you may have.
The United Presbyterian Church in Cullybackey, Craigs Parish, Antrim. My great grand-parents, Alexander Bell of Crankill Townland and Agnes Kennedy of Tullygrawley, were married here December 1876. Arguably, the best way it was described to me by a local gentleman was ... "I'm not sure how familiar you are with strict Presbyterianism, but if you've ever seen a Free Church of Scotland church building in Scotland, you would recognize this one in Cullybackey immediately. They go for a fairly strict interpretation of the Bible and don't like embellishments or anything that may be seen as a graven or frivolous image. Aye, dull rectangular buildings without steeples or towers are their stock in trade. No heating and usually cold and draughty. Apparently, if you're frozen stiff and sitting on an uncomfortable hard plank bench, it's easier to get close to God." Can't help but smile every time I remember his description lol.
If two McCrackens disagree, the oldest is right!!!