Glossary – Terminal SNP

What is a Terminal SNP? It sounds fatal doesn’t it, but don’t worry, it’s not. The phrase Terminal SNP is generally used in conjunction with discussing Y DNA testing and haplogroup identification. SNPs Define Haplogroups In a nutshell, SNPs, single … Continue reading

Glossary – DNA – Deoxyribonucleic Acid

What is DNA and why do I care? Good questions. Let’s take a look at the answer in general, then why we use DNA for genealogy. The Recipe for You DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, is the book of life for all organisms. In essence, it’s … Continue reading

Deleting DNA Results or Closing Your Account Does NOT Automatically = Destroying Your Original DNA Sample

First and foremost, I want to state unequivocally that I am NOT advocating closing your account at any of the testing vendor sites. That’s not the purpose of this article. In fact, I encourage everyone to use each tool to … Continue reading

Why Different Haplogroup Results?

“Why do vendors give me different haplogroups?” This questions often comes up when people test with different vendors and receive different haplogroup results for both Y and mitochondrial DNA. If you need a quick refresher on who carries which types … Continue reading

Family Tree DNA Names 100,000 New Y DNA SNPs

Recently, Family Tree DNA named 100,000 new SNPs on the Y DNA haplotree, bringing their total to over 153,000. Given that Family Tree DNA does the majority of the Y DNA NGS “full sequence” testing in the industry with their … Continue reading

Finding George McNiel’s Brother, Thomas, Using DNA – 52 Ancestors #187

The story of the Reverend George McNiel includes the oft-repeated 3 brothers story, and one of the three brothers in this version was named Thomas, or so the legend goes. I’m used to 3 brothers stories, sometimes used to explain … Continue reading