Sunday, March 30, 2008

Deep Ancestry

Keith's, #54, DeepSNP-R1b1c U Series test results 'snuck' back in yesterday  --   probably 'snuck' because the SNP's tested were all ancestral.    Keith was R1b1c and is still R1b1c.    But he has excluded all the now known subclades of R1b1c.

As best I can figure, the U series tested SNPs U106(S21), U198(S29), and U152(S28) which are markers for subclades c9, c9b and c10, respectively and a private SNP, P107.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Rescue Me

Wondering exactly what mix of breeds your mixed breed dog is?    Now a DNA test called the Canine Heritage™ Breed Test can tell you.    It can detect 38 breeds and is gaining popularity, as nearly half the pet canines in the United States are mixed breeds.    To find out if you have a goldendoodle (golden retriever/poodle mix) a pomapoo (Pomeranian/poodle mix), or another combo, ask your vet about the test.    All that's needed is a cheek-swab sample, and results are usually available within 6 weeks.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

come together

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

easter bunny

Sorry for the drought but you know that I can't just make up stuff.    The closest I've been able to come to relating the subject of this post to DNA is to tell you that one of the major differences between DNA and RNA is the sugar, with 2-deoxyribose being replaced by the alternative pentose sugar ribose in RNA.

Thanks to my son, Jon, for pointing out The Washington Post's second annual Peeps show.    Here are a couple of my favorites -

We all recognize this guy -
Wide Stance
Happier days -
Abbey Road
And my favorite -
The crack of Don

Friday, March 21, 2008

Well, rats again!

Yes, I know I told you that I'd tell you on Friday (it is still Friday) when we might expect to have tbd's Y-Refine 12to37 results and be able to share his expected yAncestry.    Well, I can do the former but not the latter.    Here're the estimated results dates for all the Project tests that we now have outstanding.Our experience has been that the results are occasionally later than estimated but usually earlier.

But, sorry to say, no yAncestry for 'tbd' to share with you . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . yet?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

five years and 4000 deaths later

I saw a report of a survey the other day that both astounded and saddened me.    The report was that only 28% of the U.S. public know that 4000 U.S. service members have now been killed in "W"'s War.    Nearly half of us think that less than 3000 have been killed!    Not entirely our fault since coverage seems to have dropped from the news even though our kids are still dying there every day.

     In our country's longest war   - - -    we invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003

               3,992 U.S. service members have been killed,

                    29,314 U.S. service members have been wounded, in

                         "W"'s War.

                            "When a man don’t use good judgment it’s the innocent who pays"

                                                                                                                             -- Echo Mountain

Click here to Think Peace

Unbridled courage?

'tbd' has begun to be fleshed out.    He's from Unicoi Co., Tennessee and may be a descendant of Margaret McKinney Berry, who stood with 'unbridled courage' against Colonel Vincent Witcher, CSA, in her determination to give a proper burial to three Union soldiers his men had killed.    Fortunately, after my rant of the other day, tbd has upgraded to 37 markers.    His test should go to the lab this evening and Friday I'll tell you when FTDNA says we'll be able to expect results.

In the meantime, I'll try to get his yAncestry and get him properly entered into the Project.

Today is 'batch shipment day'.    Save a week, save the world.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

For your Genetic Genealogy library

Blaine Bettinger has written a free downloadable e-book on how to interpret DNA testing results.    His 28-page book takes the reader through four chapters introducing the field of genetic genealogy.

Chapter 1:  What Is (And Isn't) Genetic Genealogy?

Chapter 2:  How Do I Interpret My Y-DNA Results?

Chapter 3:  How Do I Interpret My mtDNA Results?

Chapter 4:  Monitoring the Field of Genetic Genealogy

Click the image to download this ebook in .pdf format.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Help! Help!

subtitled  --   Ambiguous Results.    Remember my post of March 5,  just 10 days ago?    Deja vu all over again!    Y-DNA12 results for the mysterious 'tbd' Berry were returned yesterday and, you guessed it, he matches everybody.    At least everybody that matched Edward, #110, the subject of that blog post.    That would be the Faires Berrys and the Barry/Berrys, as well as Jack, #114.

A pox on those 12 marker results!                                      Beware the Ides of March!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Calling any Strawbery Banke Berrys

Many online Berry Plain Berry genealogies claim that Henry Berry, the patriarch, is the son of Johan Berry, father of William Berry of Strawberry Bank (Portsmouth, NH) in New England.    Given the parallel history that Henry "arrived [in tidewater Virginia] as a headright in a land patent issued to Epharaditus Lawson, dated May 22, 1650"6, I've often wondered which, if either, was correct, or are both correct?    I thought that DNA might help provide an answer, at least if the New England hypothesis were true.

To that end I decided on a modest effort to find descendants of William Berry of Strawberry Bank to test.    Last year I did some online research (is that an oxymoron?) to put a Strawberry Bank database of some of the descendants of William Berry online and photographed the Berry cemetery in Rye (Sandy Beach), NH, mentioned in some of the history7 and also put that online, all to the end of attracting Berry descendants of those mentioned to test, and all, so far despite mentioning it once or twice or thrice before, to no avail.

Where are you?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

new SC results

John's, #105, missing Y-DNA13-25 marker panel came in yesterday, completing his Y-DNA67 order, and he is solidly a Spartanburg Co., SC Berry.

Here're the Spartanburg Co. guys results -

And their genetic distances -

Finally, the 'ever-helpful' TMRCA -

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Family Tree DNA New Project Member

James David Berry has just transferred from the Genographic Project.    James is Participant #115, our 123rd member.    His 12 marker results match the Berry Plain Berrys.    I haven't seen his yAncestry yet.    Let's hope he decides to upgrade to 37 markers so that we can see whether he's the 8th Berry Plain Berry, or not.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Spring ahead

Yes, I know you just lost an hour of sleep but I have to tell you that Edward's, #110, Y-DNA13-25 results just came in and he's confirmed as a Faires Berry, as expected.

You will recall that at 12 markers he also was a 12/12 match with the Barry/Berrys, C.E, #77, and William, #79.    At 25 markers he is now a genetic distance of 6 from each.

Edward now needs to upload his results to Ysearch, as does Dennis, #31.    Barb?    I guess while I'm at it I should also remind David, #13, Brooks, #20(Raymond), John, #42(Janice), Larry, #48, Rex, #63, Chuck, #70, Ken, #83(Mike), Gerry, #85, Nat, #87(Rose), John, #91(Julia), Grant, #93, Mark, #94, Jim, #96, and Jeff, #100, to do the same.    It's really very simple, just go to your FTDNA personal page, click on your Y-DNA MATCHES tab and then click on the line that says, "Click here to upload to".    That's all there is to it.    You then have the opportunity to enter contact information and basic information about your earliest known ancestor.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

Too many 'Johns'

Not too much going on today.    Jack, #114, sent in his yAncestry and it's posted on the 'Unassigned' page.    John's, #113, test kit, which was returned to FTDNA earlier in the week, was shipped off to the lab yesterday evening, as expected, and his 'Est. Result Date' is 5/2/2008.    His yAncestry is also on the 'Unassigned' page.

Oh yeah, we have ten 'John' participants, eleven if we count 'Jonathan'.    Of course, we also have nine 'James'!    When you all write me it would be really helpful if you could include your Participant #.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Ambiguous results

Y-DNA1-12 results arrived yesterday for Edward, #110.    Edward was expected to match the Faires Berrys and, so far, he does.    Difficulty is that he also matches the Barry/Berrys, 12/12.    What does this mean?    Not much.    Mainly that you can't tell much from a 12 marker result.    At least he doesn't NOT match the family that he was expecting.

Interesting thing, though.    I was looking through the list of Edward's matches and noticed a name I didn't recognize   -   John Henry Barry.    I wrote him inviting him to join us.    Keep your fingers crossed.


Jack (John) answered right away and said he'd like to join us.    Jack is in the 'Barry Project' that has, as best I can figure, maybe 10 members (but I can't locate that many).    I've spent the better part of this evening trying to help him get transferred to our Project.

Jack is Participant #114    His 12 marker haplotype matches Edward, Paul Dean, #36, David Scott, #59, C.E., #77, and William A. Barry, #79, but then, you know what I think about 12 marker matches.    When I get Jack's yAncestry it will at least give us an idea which of these matches might be expected.

Monday, March 03, 2008


Two words  --  Barack Obama

Sunday, March 02, 2008

New Products from FTDNA

This notice was just sent to group administrators from Bennett Greenspan:

"I'm pleased to update you on a new set of markers that are now available from the Family Tree DNA Genomics Research Center.

We have now replicated the last 30 markers offered by our partners at the University of Arizona (the ones included in the upgrade from Y-DNA37 to Y-DNA67) for those who are interested in purchasing them on an individual basis.    You can find these markers as Advanced Orders under the Upgrades and Refinements link on each person's personal page.

In addition, we have also created a 9th panel that includes markers tested by Ethno-Ancestry that were not included in any of our previous panels of markers.    Those are also available under the Advanced Orders option.

As you are probably aware, last week we introduced an upgraded panel of R1b SNPs that is now being offered to those who have previously taken our Deep R1b Clade test but were negative for branches 1 through 8 of R1b1c.    It is believed that the new U series SNP's will produce positive results for approximately 40% of people.    We'll see next week as the first 48 people who ordered and already have their DNA in Houston will begin receiving their results today!    We anticipate that this introductory price for the U series SNP's will end once the U series is incorporated into the new Deep R1b panel, which will occur when Dr. Hammer's forthcoming paper on the redesigned YCC Tree is published.    The U series panel will still be available as an upgrade for those individuals who have already had the Deep R1b Clade test.

If you have further questions I'm confident that you know that we're just an email away.

Best Regards

Bennett Greenspan

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Stealth results, again

Why stealth, you ask?    Well, the arrangement is (supposed to be) that when FTDNA posts new results they (are supposed to) send a notice to the customers involved and to the group administrators.

Luckily I'm inclined to prowl around the group administrator pages and in doing so last night I discovered the Y-DNA26-67 results for John V. Berry, #105, a now confirmed Spartanburg Co., SC Berry, had just been posted.    No notice - none to anyone that I'm aware of.    Actually, I think it's probably a computer thing.    John's Y-DNA1-12 results had previously been posted and I think that because his 13-25 results haven't been completed or posted the computer didn't know to tell anyone.    I suppose we'll hear about all of them when they finish that panel.

John and Donald, #103, differ at CDYa&b.    Unfortunately, others in that family have not tested sufficient markers to support any real analysis of lines within the family.