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Old 4th May 2017, 12:23 AM
atomman695 atomman695 is offline
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Brick Wall?

Right now I am researching the origins of a distant ancestor, Andre Aube, who was abducted by Native Americans from the English Colonies in the late 17th century and taken to Canada (a French colony at that time), where he was adopted and lived for the rest of his life. His Y-DNA haplogroup is R-S3262 (R-M269). The identities of his parents are completely unknown, though he may have originally had the last name Obee, Obe, or Obie. Some have guessed he was from the Albany/Schenectady, NY area, though no evidence has been found to corroborate this. Any advice or suggestions to help figure out his true identity would be greatly appreciated. His DYS markers are:

DYS393=13, DYS390=23, DYS19=14, DYS391=11, DYS385=11-14, DYS426=12, DYS388=12, DYS439=11, DYS392=13, DYS458=17, DYS459=9-10, DYS455=11, DYS454=11, DYS447=23, DYS437=15, DYS448=19, DYS449=29, and DYS464=15-16-17-18

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Old 6th May 2017, 10:14 AM
DaveInGreece DaveInGreece is offline
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When using Y-DNA like this, all you can really do is wait and hope that someone on the Aube (or alternative spelling) line with a very good pedigree happens to take a Y-DNA test.

In the meantime, I strongly suggest that you upgrade your test to Y37 at a minimum (preferably Y67). Getting matches at Y25 is fairly meaningless, especially in big haplogroups like R-M269. My cousins and I match each other - and only each other - at Y37 and Y67, but we have a couple of pages of matches at Y25. All the Y25 matches have different surnames, and many are purely chance matches (because of mutations converging) which can be ruled out because SNP testing shows that we can't be connected in the last 2000-4000 years.

Good luck!
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Old 6th May 2017, 12:05 PM
John McCoy John McCoy is offline
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R-M269 is an extremely numerous group, with a huge number of subgroups. The family story is an intriguing one that will catch the attention of genealogists for generations to come.

The best way to solve the puzzle, if it can be solved at all, would be the Big Y test, which should conclusively locate the Y chromosome within a very small set of families. Once the results are back, the next step is to make the raw data available to The Big Tree project (free), which will systematically dig into it and show you where you belong.

As Dave pointed out, the R-M269 group is so large that you may not get a clear answer even with a Y-67 test. For my paternal McCoy family, Big Y was extremely helpful: it is now certain (and it was not clear from the Y-67 or even Y-111 results) that I'm not connected with any of the other McCoy's who have been tested (they have a completely different set of terminal SNP's), so I can safely ignore them in my genealogical research.
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