Tuesday, November 7, 2017

With Great Haste We Make Slow Progress

FTDNA has been "evolving" our BIG Y results for a couple of months now. As a part of that process we were regressed back to the most recent ySNP for which we had tested positive separate from BIG Y. In my case that was back a little over four thousand years ago (R-DF13). 

This morning the evolution of my results has progressed to the point that my trail brings me down into the genealogical era again. It is good to be back. This process is not complete. The numbers in the right column will continue to increment as the results of others are "evolved" as well. It appears that about half of the results have now completed that process.  

My BIG Y Matching results are of November 7th
The three individuals with whom I am now showing matches on the bottom two steps share my surname and are also descendants through three different sons of my 6th great-grandfather who died in southern Maryland in 1733 -- clearly in the genealogical era. 

Another man who does not share my surname is expected to join the 3 matches on the second level when the processing of his results are upgraded in the near future. His family and mine were associated with each other in both Maryland and North Carolina. He was my earliest close STR match (an exact 12/12) when I first tested in 2004 and he is a 109/111 STR match today. I am eager for his results to be migrated so that I can further explore which of the three sons of my 6th great-grandfather his genome seems to be most closely associated with. Prior to Big Y testing, documents seemed to indicate that he was likely to be associated with the third son -- from whom I descend. In the first round of BIG Y testing he seemed genetically to be more similar with a descendant of the second son who's line never left Maryland. If that is the case, one of our biological paternal lines may have been rerouted around 1700 or before. I hope the new tools we are being given by FTDNA will help me sort this out.

I will be all ears and full of questions when I get to the 13th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy this weekend in Houston.

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