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 Tjærby 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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Ancient Y DNA and Medieval Hungary Part 2

Continuing with “Whole genome analysis sheds light on the genetic origin of Huns, Avars and conquering Hungarians.” which seems to overlap with this article that I’ve also been referencing: “The genetic origin of Huns, Avars, and conquering Hungarians.” I’m posting these results as a context for the R-CTS12023/R-DF95 (see It’s My Carpathian Basin), R-Z18, R-U106 …

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Ancient Y DNA and Medieval Hungary

By some definitions, the Migration Period in Europe ends when the Longobards destroy the Gepid Kingdom, leave Pannonia, and invade Italy in the late 500’s CE. For others it goes until roughly 800 CE butting up to the “Viking Age”. These samples from Hungary overlap that arbitrary boundary. Huns, Sarmatians, Avars…Maybe Some Gepids? Study: Ancient …

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It’s My Carpathian Basin?

Family Tree DNA has recently identified R-CTS12023/R-DF95 among the 6th and 7th century Avars in Hungary. Tiszapüspöki I18184 lived between 565 CE and 635 CE and was buried in Tiszapüspöki, Hungary. This study, “Ancient genomes reveal origin and rapid trans-Eurasian migration of 7th century Avar elites,” lists him as an early Avar. This is the description of …

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More Wandering Thoughts on Ancient DNA

Leaving behind Anglo-Saxon England, there are currently no R-CTS12023/R-DF95 ancient DNA results to look at and compare. It’s as if we popped up in England even though the results of the recent Anglo-Saxon DNA study clearly show an affinity for the continental North Sea and Baltic world. From here on out, we are back to …

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Wandering Thoughts on Ancient DNA

A fellow ZP121 person recently asked how many ZP121 men I thought might exist in the world. It’s a tricky question because there are about 57 men known now. Each might represent a family with tens or hundreds of living men. Y DNA testing is kind of a rich man’s game and a niche pursuit. …

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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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Bakers Blaze a Trail and Light the Path for Others

Back in 2016, I wrote about a hidden test, marking a hidden branch in the Cumberland tree, for a kit listed as “Baker” that had testing but was unresponsive to contacts. In the years that followed another Baker tested along with Schmidt and their results for this DYS458 normal branch came to light and defined …

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