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Group News:

Our Kenyon Project membership continues to grow, with new members and new Y-DNA test results. It seems that with each new kit, one question is answered, replaced by one or more new questions. We are still a long way to reaching our "tipping" point, in which one would expect to see some clarity of patterns and repetition of more common lineage.

There will continue to be re-sorting of results as new data becomes available. Earlier, we reported that we may utilize a tool, which sorts the results strictly by marker matches, without regard to paper lineage. We have not adopted that yet, but may do so later this year. Check back periodically.

Family Tree DNA rolled out the BIG-Y last November, which should add considerably to our knowledge base of the Y chromosome, shown to be invaluable to genealogists. Those results are just beginning to be reported. Roberta Estes has written a wonderful article What About the Big Y?, which you may find interesting. 

R_R1b Group:

This isn't exactly "news" as several of you have already discovered and joined this group. Since every male in the Kenyon Project meets the criteria, it seems appropriate to let everyone know about its existence in case you weren't aware of it. After you log in, click on "Projects" at the top of the page, then "Join." Scroll down to "Y-DNA Haplogroup Projects," click on R(47). The group is listed at the top as R_R1b. Currently, the project has about 10 pages. Everyone, who has Y-DNA testing through FTDNA, can join, even if you haven't done additional haplotype testing. For those who have done additional testing (appearing in green), your haplotype is sorted by results. For those who haven't done additional testing of your haplogroups (your results appear in red), your results will be place in the last group, "Unable to confirm due to limited testing." There are 5-plus pages of the unconfirmed group all listed in order of your results. It still provides you additional information, comparing your results with others having the same haplogroup. FTDNA doesn't have a limit on the number of groups you may join, so search around and have some fun.

British Isles by County Group:

This is a worthwhile group to join, since it provides the listing of hundreds of members from the British Isles, listed by county of origin.

Non-Paternal Events (NPE):

A Non-Paternal Event (NPE) is most likely the result of a child whose father is different from the surname tested. It can also be the result of an adoption or an illegitimate birth somewhere along the line. If the results of your Y-DNA testing differ from what your lineage would predict, you may have a NPE somewhere along your line.

For instance: Let’s say you have a solid paper trail going back to the immigrant John Kenyon, but your DNA (Y-DNA with 37 or more markers) more closely matches males with a different surname. Since your paper trail goes back to the immigrant, then it is likely a NPE happened someplace along your line after he immigrated to America. Conversely, you may discover you match Kenyon surnames, although your own surname is that of another.

Either of these circumstances will pose another genealogical problem for you to solve, as you will be tracking a different surname, attempting to locate the location and circumstance of the NPE. You may want to join two surname groups; one for your paper lineage and one for your Y-DNA lineage. You can let the other project administrator know the circumstance of the request.


Contributions are always welcome. The money will be used only in rare cases where it seems that the only way to get a particular test for the project to pay at least a portion of the cost of testing. The money will only be used for tests done by FTDNA or to transfer information from a different test site to FTDNA. Any decisions concerning the use of such funds shall be made solely by the project administrators, subject to suggestions made by project members. Normally tests will be paid for directly by participants for themselves or others that they choose, rather than from the project funds.

Last updated: 5 March 2014