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Forum: Paternal Lineage (Y-DNA STR) Basics 3rd March 2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 799
Posted By MMaddi
Family Finder may be a more useful test for your...

Family Finder may be a more useful test for your purposes than a yDNA test. With Family Finder, you'll get a feature called MyOrigins. It gives an estimate by percentage of your ethnic/geographic...
Forum: myOrigins Basics 3rd March 2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,430
Posted By MMaddi
I haven't read the Zalloua study recently, but my...

I haven't read the Zalloua study recently, but my recollection is that he contends that "J2" is a Phoenician signature for yDNA. Granting him that his study is not recent and did not benefit from the...
Forum: Paternal Lineage (Y-DNA STR) Basics 2nd February 2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 659
Posted By MMaddi
Why are you so sure that your haplogroup...

Why are you so sure that your haplogroup indicates North African ancestry? As Armando pointed out. E-M35 is found throughout the Mediterranean area, including southern Europe. Perhaps an ancient...
Forum: Paternal Lineage (Y-DNA STR) Basics 2nd December 2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,511
Posted By MMaddi
If you're hoping to make a connection within the...

If you're hoping to make a connection within the last 100 years, then autosomal DNA is far more useful than a yDNA test in the overwhelming majority of cases. The only exception is a male adoptee...
Forum: DNA and Genealogy for Beginners 15th November 2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,881
Posted By MMaddi
If you tried using the coupon at checkout, that's...

If you tried using the coupon at checkout, that's the problem. On the page that shows you what you've ordered and what the cost is there a not very obvious box beneath the cost. You're supposed to...
Forum: mtDNA - Genealogy Basics 10th November 2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,760
Posted By MMaddi
mtDNA relates to ancestry in what's called the...

mtDNA relates to ancestry in what's called the strict maternal line. The ancestors in this line are only these individuals - mother, maternal grandmother, maternal grandmother's mother, etc. mtDNA...
Forum: DNA and Genealogy for Beginners 6th November 2017, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 987
Posted By MMaddi
If you have ancestry from pre-1650 New England,...

If you have ancestry from pre-1650 New England, you are in an endogamous community. It's a classic example, along with Ashenazi Jews and French-Canadians.

The population of the early British...
Forum: myOrigins Basics 6th November 2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By MMaddi
You're right. U106 is mainly a northern European...

You're right. U106 is mainly a northern European haplogroup. It's not very common in southern Europe, including the Balkans and Italy. My U106 paternal line is from Sicily, so I know how uncommon it...
Forum: Grumbles & Gripes 30th October 2017, 08:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,702
Posted By MMaddi
tonun g h Since you publicly posted your kit...

tonun g h

Since you publicly posted your kit number & password - not a wise thing to do! - I tried to log in and look at your results. The password doesn't work.

You're making all sorts of...
Forum: Family Finder Basics 24th October 2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,365
Posted By MMaddi
Do you realize that, on average, 1st cousins...

Do you realize that, on average, 1st cousins share 12.5% of DNA that came from their common grandparents? This means that roughly 87.5% of your DNA is different than your cousin's DNA.

This is one...
Forum: Grumbles & Gripes 21st October 2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 497
Posted By MMaddi
Many projects restrict the ability to read and...

Many projects restrict the ability to read and post to the project activity feed to project members. This is so members have privacy and can post e-mail addresses or personal information without...
Forum: Grumbles & Gripes 19th October 2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,262
Posted By MMaddi
There is zero chance of an NPE. The original...

There is zero chance of an NPE. The original poster shares over 3,000 cM with his father. This clearly indicates they are father and child.
Forum: Grumbles & Gripes 19th October 2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By MMaddi
dna's excellent directions to you relate to...

dna's excellent directions to you relate to entering information in the tabs on the page (my bold) that you've found. (You can enter birth location information for that ancestor in the box for his...
Forum: Family Finder Advanced Topics 16th October 2017, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,684
Posted By MMaddi
Your initial post mentions that your father's...

Your initial post mentions that your father's paternal side is German Mennonite. But, you also wrote that "I'm pretty certain that the Basque/Southern Europe comes from my father's side." The Basque...
Forum: DNA and Genealogy for Beginners 16th October 2017, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By MMaddi
The test that you want to order for yourself and...

The test that you want to order for yourself and the descendant of the man you believe was your grandfather is Family Finder. Its tests the 22 pairs of autosomal chromosomes that are inherited from...
Forum: X-DNA Basics 21st September 2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,288
Posted By MMaddi
Good suggestion. This type of testing may help...

Good suggestion. This type of testing may help her find the surname of her paternal grandfather. The brother would have to order at least the 37 marker yDNA test, although the 67 marker test would be...
Forum: Group Administrators - New and Begining Admins 21st September 2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,132
Posted By MMaddi
While it is true that U198 is a subclade of U106,...

While it is true that U198 is a subclade of U106, the R1b-U106 Project doesn't accept those who are U198+. This is due to an agreement with the administrators of the U198 and L1 (another U106...
Forum: Announcements and New Features 13th September 2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
What a relief! Your kit wasn't lost by the USPS,...

What a relief! Your kit wasn't lost by the USPS, as you kept insisting, even though several people gave you legitimate reasons for the delay.
Forum: Announcements and New Features 10th September 2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
Thanks for introducing some clear-headed thinking...

Thanks for introducing some clear-headed thinking to this thread. Others seem to have the idea that life is always dealing them a bad hand!
Forum: Announcements and New Features 6th September 2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
One of my favorite sayings about genealogy,...

One of my favorite sayings about genealogy, including genetic genealogy - it teaches you that patience is a virtue. We've tried to make it clear that there are extraordinary circumstances, on top of...
Forum: Adoptees Forum 6th September 2017, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,226
Posted By MMaddi
FTDNA and genetic genealogy in general place a...

FTDNA and genetic genealogy in general place a great emphasis on privacy, given the nervousness about people's personal information and internet security. I doubt that you have the permission of the...
Forum: Announcements and New Features 6th September 2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
Sept. 2 was the first day in a week that I...

Sept. 2 was the first day in a week that I received mail at my house in the Houston area. That was Saturday.

I'm not even sure if FTDNA offices are open on the weekends to accept mail delivery,...
Forum: Announcements and New Features 5th September 2017, 09:38 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
There have been cases where USPS has marked a...

There have been cases where USPS has marked a package for FTDNA as delivered, but it's sitting in a bag with who knows how many other returned test kits not actually having been delivered.
...
Forum: Y-DNA Haplogroups & SNPs Basics 3rd September 2017, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,124
Posted By MMaddi
Big Y tests about 10 million locations on the y...

Big Y tests about 10 million locations on the y chromosome. Since it's not restricted to finding specific SNPs, it will give results for literally tens of thousands of known SNPs, without regard to...
Forum: Announcements and New Features 3rd September 2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,734
Posted By MMaddi
Here's a service update from the USPS website at...

Here's a service update from the USPS website at https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm on the status of their services in Houston, following last week's flooding:

Harvey aftermath...
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