1. Maciamo

    Philosopher David Hume belonged to Y-haplogroup R1a-L448

    Looking into the Home/Hume DNA Project I managed to identify the ancestral lineage of the great Scottish philosopher, historian and economist David Hume (1711-1776). His genealogy shows that he is descended from Thomas Home of Home (1355-1427), and ultimately from William Dominus de Home, Laird...
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    J. Robert Oppenheimer belonged to Y-DNA haplogroup Q1b

    I was compiling a list of common Ashkenazi Jewish surnames and their dominant Y-haplogroups when I found the Oppenheimer DNA Project. The original Oppenheimer family from the Rhineland-Palatinate appears to have belonged to Q1b. I verified the genealogy of the American theoretical physicist J...
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    Y-chromosomal analysis of common Jewish patronyms

    Using surname projects at FamilyTreeDNA, I have listed the dominant Y-DNA haplogroup for a series of common Jewish family names. Common alternative spellings are mentioned in brackets. Haplogroups that make up at least 50% of the total surnames in the project are in bold. Biblical lineages -...
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    23andMe My 23andme results, feel free to post yours

    Here are my speculative ones: 100% European 98.4% Ashkenazi 0.3% North European 1.2% nonspecific European Here are my standard results: 100% European 95.1% Ashkenazi 4.9% nonspecific European Here are my conservative results: 99.6% European 78.5% Ashkenazi 21.2% Nonspecific European...
  5. LeBrok

    4th ancestral population for North-East Europeans?

    From recent paper: More interesting thoughts, but a bit off topic. (couldn't resist :) ) Did anyone find additional information about this admixture? Does it have a name?
  6. RHAS

    Missing Link: Ancestral Mediterraneans
  7. Maciamo

    Prince William belongs to Indian mtDNA haplogroup R30b

    It's all over the news. Prince William, the heir to the British throne, has some Indian blood, inherited through his his great-great-great-great-great grandmother, Eliza Newark. She was the housekeeper of Theodore Forbes (1788-1820), a Scot who worked for the East India Company in the port city...
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    Root of Y-DNA phylogentic tree revised to 338,000 years (before Homo Sapiens)

    A very exciting new paper was released yesterday, confirming the announcement four months ago that the common ancestor to all human male lineages lived much longer ago than what believed so far. An African American Paternal Lineage Adds an Extremely Ancient Root to the Human Y Chromosome...
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    What percentage of ancestry is enough to make feel part of an ethnic group ?

    Thanks to population genetics, we are becoming increasingly aware of just how mixed our ancestry really is. The old stereotypes about ethnic purity are meaningless when we think in term of genetic admixtures and deep ancestry spanning over 10,000 years or more. Yet, ethnic groups still exist...
  10. Templar

    Austria's Y-haplo-groups.

    I know that Austria is mostly R1b, but could someone please list specific clades of it, and whether or not they are of Celtic or Germanic origin. I am wondering if Austria is more Germanic or Celtic. The area was inhabited by Celts for thousands of years, and it was the location of the Hallstatt...
  11. LeBrok

    Inglorious lives of our ancestors.

    Every so often I noticed that people love to exaggerate quality of life of our ancestors. Old times are romanticized and we only concentrate on glorious battles, and famous individuals. There is not much help from TV and books either, emphasizing only what people love to watch or read, and not...
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    With what ancient ethnicity do you most identify, and what has DNA told you ?

    Europe is an ethnic melting pot. Well, let's not exaggerate. Europeans are genetically among the most homogeneous racial group. Indians, South-East Asians, Middle-Easterners, Central Asians and Africans all have greater genetic diversity than Europeans. But we were taught at school that Europe...