McCarthy Surname Study - News

17 November 2013.   Newsletter No. 14 distributed.

15 August 2013    First positive test for SNP Z253 in a McCarthy (kit 237106 in Group F).

04 August 2013.   Groups E and F, predicted as pertaining to subclades R-Z255 and R-Z253 respectively, created out of former Miscellaneous (M) groups. Analysis added to results page.

14 June 2013.   Newsletter No. 13 distributed.  If members have not received their copies please contact the Project Administrator with a correct e-mail address after first checking spam folders. See "Background" tab for contact information. Most newsletters are distributed
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31 May - 02 June 2013.  MacCarthys of Cork Cultural Weekend, Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway. 


19 May 2013.   First instances of SNPs Z454 and F2517 in Haplogroup R found in through a Geno 2.0 test on McCarthy Group A kit 251695. However it later transpired that Z454 is in an unstable region of the Y-chromosome and that F2517 was a no-call in a number of other Irish Type II samples, and suspected of being positive in these too.


10 - 12 May 2013.   McCarthys of Iveragh and Kerry Gathering, Ballinskelligs.


13 March 2013.   Newsletter No. 12 distributed.


09 March 2013.   SNPs CTS 4466 and 5714 tested positive for McCarthy Group A kit 128856 and, so far, all other (non-McCarthy) Irish Type II kits which have been submitted for testing .


07 March 2013.    McCarthy Group D and its subgroups renamed Group M (still with subgroups) but former Group D6 retained as new Group D. Analysis added identifying detail of its connection to the main Kerry Group O'Sheas, which test positive for SNP L513.


20 February 2013.    Analysis of McCarthy Group B and other data relating to haplotypes of the SNP P314.2 lineage extensively updated.


19 December 2012.    Newsletter No. 11 distributed, addressing earlier erratum and modifying comments on the newly available Geno 2 test.


11 December 2012.    Newsletter No 10 distributed with updated postulated phylogenetic trees for McCarthy Groups 'A' and 'B' and 'Introduction to Genetic Genealogy' featuring a section on analysis of Y-DNA STR results. 


07 June 2012.      Newsletter No 9 distributed. 


17 November 2011.    The "Paternal Ancestor Name" field on the yDNA Results page utilises members' entries as submitted through their Home Page via the "My Account / Personal Profile" tab. It utlises ONLY the text entered in the "Name" window under Most Distant Ancestors / Paternal. There is a 50 character limit to this field. Newsletter No. 8 (of 17 November 2011) proposed a rationalisation of the way in which information is presented in this field and this is now evident on the YDNA Results page.


From August 2011, where a McCarthy sept name or other agnomen is known, this will be shown in brackets at the beginning of the "Paternal Ancestor Name" field. These agnomens may be the original sept names (e.g Mór, Reagh, [of] Dunhallow, [of] Muskerry), as used from about the fourteenth century, or subsequent sub-sept or other supplementary names used to distinguish different McCarthy families (e.g. Crimeen, Cruig, Daunt, Fars(h)ing (Fairsinn), Guidagh, [of] Lyradane, Muineagh (Meenig), Na Mona, Norsa, Sowney (Samhna), Rabagh). The original sept names should only be indicated where there is a sound paper trail or strong oral tradition in the family. It is recognised that some of these agnomens may have arisen independently in different families: however it is hoped that their reliable identification will enable us to establish modal haplotypes associated with each which will then greatly facilitate the study of both our distant and more recent history.


16 July 2011.   Newsletter No 7 distributed (brief).


16 June 2011.   Newsletter No 6 distributed (brief).


09 April 2011.   Newsletter No 5 distributed (brief).  


04 January 2011.   Newsletter No 4A distributed, with postulated phylogenetic trees for all R-M269 McCarthys.  


14 August 2010.   Newsletter No 3 distributed.


17 June 2010.    Newsletter No 2A distributed.


17 May 2010.    Newsletter No 1 distributed.