Burghgraeve Family Progress

It is always exciting when one of our Y DNA families puts the puzzle pieces together. The De Burghgraeve family has been working on their matches and paper trail and has hit some milestones for triangulating Y DNA ancestors and family lines over hundreds of years. The image above is from the Family Tree DNA …

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A Y DNA Cousin in Medieval Denmark

R-ZP121 in Tj√¶rby Denmark Circa 1100-1300 CE. First off, I want to acknowledge the cover photo I’ve stolen from Google Maps, which was taken by Niels Blumensaat. The location for this DNA find is a small town just outside of Randers, Denmark. The samples are from an abandoned medieval graveyard used in a bone growth …

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Puzzling on Y DNA and Relatedness

One of the things I haven’t been sure how to approach is the tangle of time, movement, location and relatedness presented in these genetic studies of ancient and modern people. As usual, conversations with my genetic cousins have helped me think about some of this complexity. If you’ve read any of my other Y DNA …

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R-ZP121 Schmidt and Ammerman

I’m labeling this Schmidt family as R-ZP121 because there is another Schmidt family that is down a different branch of R-DF95/CTS12023. As an owner of a common name (Thompson) I get the common name conundrum presented by being a Smith or Schmidt. I’m one of the Y-DNA STR outliers in the Elmer family. I’m one …

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It’s My Swamp – DF95 in Anglo-Saxon England

Checking in on U106 I visited the U106 haplogroup tree and noticed something exciting in the Ancient DNA tab: The appearance of several R-CTS12023 (AKA R-DF95) samples…and one of them, to my complete shock, is a ZP121 (AKA Y15995) sample. Mind blown. We’re such a small group of men in Y DNA terms that I …

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Jensen Big Y 700 Results

I’ve been talking about various Y DNA matches in Denmark for…well the whole time I’ve kept an online journal. In 2010 testers from Denmark appeared in my matches at YHRD, SMGF/Ancestry, Genebase and Ybase. It was exciting in 2015 when I got permission to further test one of the Cumberland men who had ancestors in …

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ZP125 Conversations

In my big Y 700 Community I talk about the ZP125 group, with thoughts on aging and migration. It has been a group of men that I’ve watched really since the beginning without any indications of just how closely related we all are. I’ve been lucky enough to have ongoing conversations with men in this …

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My Big Y 700 Region

My previous post followed the big Y block tree back to about 500 BC. In comparison to the older Big Y 500 results and even previous FTDNA block tree iterations, I’m seeing a finer-grained map with new SNPs not necessarily at the family level, but up in the tree defining and connecting branches that may …

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My Big Y 700 City

As we move along it will help to know that my age ranges and estimates are based on the work of the U106 group based on big Y 500 results and so are very much estimates. My previous two posts pretty well covered something on the order of 800 to 1200 years of shared history, …

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Trapped in North America

There are generally two fronts in my Elmore genealogy work, one front is identifying branches of the Elmores in the U.S. and getting people tested to try to place them. The second front is getting out of the U.S. by any means. Specifically getting out of Connecticut. That is what is on my mind today. …

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