Sunday, June 11, 2006

FTDNA 67 Marker Results

The new 67 marker results from FTDNA have started to arrive.   These new markers have been long delayed beyond their expected arrival, probably at least in part, due to difficulties of scale.   Adding 30 new markers in one fell swoop is not a trivial undertaking.

What does this mean to the Berry Family DNA Project?   Unfortunately, not much.   Only one of our group, Brian, #49, had sufficient of the exploring spirit to jump right in.   His markers have not yet arrived but should shortly as he was in one of the earlier batches.

Several of the Augusta/Washington Berrys have indicated that they also intend to refine to 67 markers once they've had an opportunity to see that the additional markers do, in fact, add value to the haplotype.   Hopefully, others will follow suit.

I believe that these will become very interesting once sufficient persons from any given 'family' have tested to 67 markers for a cladogram to be generated showing (hopefully) the various lines of the family and the degrees of 'relatedness' between them.

On my recent bluegrass sojourn I had occasion to be able to chat for a few minutes with Hunter Berry.   Hunter is from Elizabethton, Tennessee, and is the fiddler for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.   He is SPBGMA "Fiddle Player of the Year" for 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006.   I had talked with Hunter before about genealogy and this time mentioned that he might be interested to take a look at our DNA Project.   He politely replied that he would -- well, we'll see.


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