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DNAHelp build-out the family tree of paternal lineages from modern times into Medieval times and back to ancient times.
MGS sponsors a Middlesex Genealogical Society project at Family Tree DNA for members who have had Y-chromosome DNA tested at FTDNA for themselves and family members. The goal of the project is to share DNA information with other members, help members understand their testing results, and suggest avenues for further testing.
Following is a summary of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms, or mutations) discovered by MGS members. All have R1b DNA. Matthews, Biggins, and Kenyon have done "Big Y" SNP testing and have SNPs down to the present time. Cavett, Christie, and Driscoll have discovered SNPs to 100-300 AD. Click on the last SNP to see the Big Y Tree created by Alex Williamson. The second to last line is the most distant known ancestor.
Y-chromosome DNA is inherited male to male like surnames. Family Tree DNA is the biggest Y-DNA tester and has public results pages for surnames and DNA types. A test of 67 STR markers is recommended first, followed by "Big Y" SNP testing.
Test yourself if you are a male, and any male relative whose ancestry you want to learn more about.
Join a surname project at FTDNA. If there is none for your surname, consider starting one. When you get information about what kind of DNA the tester has, join a haplogroup project. And don't forget to join the Middlesex Genealogical Society Project.
Y-DNA testing is going to tell you about your distant ancestry rather than fill in your family tree. You are not very likely to find people for your family tree because only a small percentage of people have had their DNA tested. Many people gain insight into their distant ancestry.
If you would like to learn more about DNA testing, see our MGS Presentations of November 18, 2017, "Understanding DNA in Genealogy" and October 6, 2018, "Y-DNA and Genealogy." Or, contact Peter Biggins at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Family Tree DNA provides a public results chart for male members and male relatives who have joined the MGS project at FTDNA. Under Haplogroup and in the subheadings, you will see the names of SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms, or mutations) that have been found. To the right of Haplogroup, you will see the values of STRs (short tandem repeats) for up to 111 markers.