Saturday, May 29, 2010


New Y-DNA13-25 results have now been posted for Cliff, #189.    They do confirm that Cliff is a New Jersey Berry.   

Curiously, DYS448 is reported by FTDNA for Cliff as 0.    This was previously reported for Larry and Paul as a null and Relative Genetics reported it for Ron as 19.

Here's a comparison of these folks markers -

I'm at Vandalia now but will try soon to go back to recheck those values to see if they've been updated.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Headin' out again . . . . .

It's time for the Vandalia Gathering in Charleston.    I'll be spending the next few days with the best people in the world.    I'll try to share part of it with you all.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Participant #192, our 201st and SMGF

Steve, #192, received his Genographic results yesterday and transferred them to FTDNA.    His results and yAncestry are posted to the Project website.

Right now, at 12 markers, he matches one other participant 12/12 but also 17 others 11/12.    Problem is, these folks represent five different families.    Carol and I have both suggested that it would be a good idea to upgrade to at least 37 markers.    Hopefully, getting additional markers will continue the match with one of these and eliminate the others.

In Addition, SMGF has announced the addition of new haplotypes and genealogical records to the Sorenson mtDNA and Y-chromosome database.    I haven't yet had an opportunity to do a full search to see whether any of our folks have additional markers posted [ I don't :( ] but I do see what is apparently a new posting.    Anyone recognize who belongs to this pedigree?

Saturday, May 15, 2010

FTDNA Family Finder test

CAUTION: Information following is also intermixed with advertising claims.

Press Release Source   : Affymetrix On Monday May 3, 2010, 6:00 am EDT
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Family Finder represents a major advancement over earlier genealogical tests, which revealed only connections along specific paternal lines (for males) or maternal lines (males or females).    Family Finder enables anyone, regardless of gender, to look for connections such as grandparents, aunts and uncles, half siblings, and first, second, third, and fourth cousins.

“This is the most exciting genetic genealogy breakthrough since 2000, when Family Tree DNA launched its Y-DNA test to uncover relatives in the direct paternal line,” said Bennett Greenspan, founder and CEO of Family Tree DNA.    “The comprehensive, genome-wide coverage of Axiom Arrays enables us to offer consumers the most advanced genealogical test available at a price that is attractive to our customers.    In addition, the automated GeneTitan System allows us to process hundreds of samples at a time with minimal hands-on time for maximum efficiency.”

The Family Finder test analyzes the DNA of two individuals using Axiom Array Plates containing nearly 570,000 genetic markers, including many that are relevant to genealogy.    Family Tree DNA then analyzes the resulting data with internally developed algorithms to determine the closeness of the relationship.    The complete Axiom Genotyping Solution includes array plates, complete reagent kits, and an automated workflow that enables scientists to process more than 760 samples per week.

Family Tree DNA offers counseling services, tutorials, and other helpful tools to assist in the genealogy and matching process, and provides names and email addresses of matched individuals whenever possible for easy communication.

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The FTDNA Family Finder test retails for $289.00.    Apparently no discount for ordering through a Project.

Friday, May 14, 2010


All our FGS orders are reported and posted with the return of Betty's, #m1, results last night.    Betty's mtDNA haplogroup is U2e, but we already knew that from her 23andMe testing which defines her as U2e1.    We did Betty's FGS not because we're particularly interested in ancient migration patterns, but because she doesn't know her maternal line for sure beyond her grandmother.    I've come to the conclusion that mtDNA HVR1 and HVR2 matches are pretty much meaningless for genealogical purposes.    I'm still hopeful, though, that a FGS mtDNA match might tell us something about her maternal line.    Alas, no matches yet.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

A Biologist's Mother's Day Song

Preston, #175, was kind enough to share this with Carol and I and I thought it was good enough and appropriate enough to share with you all.    Thanks Preston.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

More Skinny

It took a little while but we now have some resolution to the last post.

First, Bryan's, #49, FGS results (finally) came in!    They don't actually help the Y-DNA Project but, hopefully, they'll move Bryan further in his investigation of his family heritage.    Still no sign of Betty's, #n1, FGS, though.

And, even better, Cliff, #189, got his Y-DNA26-37 panel results.    They don't send any notices out about them because his Y-DNA12-25 panel has not been reported yet.    It does, however give us a chance to compare more markers and make some better estimations of relatedness, and . . . . . . it looks pretty certain that Cliff is a New Jersey Berry.    Comparing just these 24 markers reported, Cliff matches Larry, #9, and Ronald, #86, exactly, and is a genetic distance of one from Paul, #111.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Skinny Results

New results have arrived for Cliff, #189, and are posted.    He has several matches but I'm afraid that it is because only 12 markers of his Y-DNA37 order have come in.    At least one of his matches, maybe all, will be a false positive because the matches are from different 'families'.

The two remaining outstanding FGS orders that I wrote about a week ago have both been slipped back again, this time clear to May 21.    I wonder why so much difficulty with these two tests and whether it calls into question any of the FGS results previously reported, seemingly without whatever problems they're having now?

Monday, May 03, 2010

SFI Finale'

Well, on Friday, April 23, I had expected to only redo the broken head on my banjo, but discovered another loose seam on my fiddle.

So, first the fiddle repair -
Don't recall if I showed a photo of my broken banjo head -
Here's the wet goatskin hide stretched over the tonering, under the flesh hoop, and held in place by the tension hoop -A confession is in order.    Bob helped a lot with this operation.    I would have required a lot more time and, I'm sure, several resoakings to manage it by myself.

Ready for trimming -
Finished -
And finally, Betty's repaired 3/4 fiddle, ready to play -

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Instrument Repair Thursday

This is my report from Thursday, April 22 (catching up) -

Fiddle construction and repair uses horsehide glue (for the most part) as an adhesive.    I know there's a lot I don't understand about it but I think that I know that it has a temperature factor in its proper adhesion.    For that reason, we warm the parts that we want to glue before application of the glue and clamping.

Here, I'm warming the saddle location and the saddle (laying on the fiddle) -The rubber bands are used for clamping the saddle after application of the glue.

Here, the loose seam that I discovered at Lester's -

Always a highlight of Thursday's at SFI is lunch at Bob's Hot Dogs.    Here's my treat for this year, hot dog with ramps and home fries.    Um! -
Here's my saddle, glued and clamped -
and here's Betty's 3/4 fiddle, almost finished, and my seam, glued and clamped -