Saturday, April 9, 2011

Population Finder Traces Deep Ancestry

The Population Finder feature at Family Tree DNA is now in beta testing as part of the analysis of autosomal DNA for those who have had the Family Finder Test. Adjustments will probably be made as more experience is gained and the database of tested individuals continues to grow. Below are my results at the moment:
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I suspect, but do not know, that the orange sliver of purported Middle Eastern descent above comes from my mom's side. A first cousin on my dad's side shows 100% European. At the moment I hypothesize that this part of my DNA is at least in part the result of a maternal line that migrate out of Egypt and around the southern edge of the Mediterranean. They arrived much later than most of the inhabitants of European. I can pick up their paper trail in Switzerland around 1600.

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