Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Palatine DNA Project Update May 6, 2009

Hello, Everyone.

Just a few items for discussion….

The latest news regarding the 2010 celebration of the arrival of 1710 Palatines in New York is that there will be at least two major events. One will be the national convention of Palatines to America, which will be held in Fishkill, Dutchess County, NY June 17 to 19, 2010, sponsored by the New York Chapter. The other will be in Germantown, Columbia County, NY, where East Kamp was located. It will be held October 2 and 3, 2010. Hank Jones will be the featured guest at this second event, which will include demonstrations of early farming tasks, etc. I will provide more information as it becomes available.

The presidents of Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY) and Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) have expressed interest in our DNA project, although we have no firm commitment from either. In any case, our project will be of major interest to all those involved in the 2010 events. It can only be viewed as a succesful project, however, if we have both broad representation and pedigrees that reflect the genealogy that goes hand in hand with DNA testing. I ask everyone to please review your pedigree on the Patriarchs page at www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/palatine and send any corrections to me. If you have not already submitted your pedigree, please do so now. If I have overlooked some submissions or inadvertently “lost” them as a result of computer glitches and redesigned web sites causing an inordinate amount of disruption, please forgive me and resubmit. Notice that we are looking for basic information only. Details should be provided in Gedcoms uploaded to FTDNA, Ysearch, Rootsweb and other web sites.

I have reorganized the Patriarchs page (Y-DNA) into three groups:

1. Those who have a strong paper trail and/or a DNA match to a descendant of a 1710 immigrant to New York. All of these show a Hunter List number.
2. Those who are likely to be related to a 1710er, but no firm evidence exists.
3. Those whose immigrant ancestor came later or is not yet identified but has a name or other clue.

The hope is that as our membership grows, more men will be matched so as to confirm or deny relatedness. I urge everyone to encourage the people they match who may be outside our project to join us so that we can have a broad base for this important study.

Additional testing is something many of you may want to consider. For Y-DNA, for genealogical purposes, the norm is 37 markers. Many upgrade to 67, especially if they are trying to confirm a possible/probable match. But there are other tests, too, that should be evaluated. For example, a Deep Clade test will refine your haplogroup placement on the tree of mankind and help to determine the path your early ancestors took out of Africa and on to populate the world. Additionally, there are Advanced Tests for some haplogroups that refine this placement even further and contribute to population research. For example, if your haplogroup has been predicted to be R1b1b2 and you have not had a Deep Clade test that included L-21, you may want to order it or the L-21 Advanced Test to become part of a special study being made of a subset of the German population that tests reveal is L-21+.

For one’s maternal line there are three levels of testing mtDNA. The first, HVR1, provides the first level of haplogroup but little chance for finding genealogical matches. The second, HVR2, offers a somewhat better chance, although still quite remote, for genealogical purposes. The third and ultimate test is the FGS, or Full Genetic Sequence. According to FTDNA, “The entire mitochondrial genome is tested and this is the last mtDNA test that a person would need to take. A perfect match indicates a common ancestor in recent times. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the maternal line.”

Please notice that FTDNA has made a change to how the earliest known ancestor is displayed. From your personal page, you will now see a new category in the left column: My Maps. Here you will see a map and whatever you have stated as your earliest known ancestor and origin. Click on Edit to make any changes to that information. FTDNA has added a feature that automatically assigns the latitude/longitude to the location you specify and this in turn permits your ancestral point to be placed on the map. This is a valuable feature for all of us, and I hope you will be sure to make this entry as meaningful as possible. Remember, this is also what appears on the Results Chart instead of your actual name or kit number at www.ftdna.com/public/palatinednaproject.

I hope all of you have gained some benefit from the application of DNA testing to your traditional genealogy, and I hope you will share any and all success stories! Please keep me informed of any new discoveries and new genealogical breakthroughs. It is important to all of us to recruit more men and women to be tested, and success stories are key. Be sure to have new prospects join a project, either geographic like this one or surname, first to benefit from the greatly reduced prices afforded to projects.

Finally, if you have not already done so, please upload your results to Ysearch and/or Mitosearch. Links are provided on your personal page under Matches. The upload is done automatically by FTDNA, but you must initiate it and obtain a user name and password so that you can check for matches at these public databases. You should do this often.

Your questions and comments are always welcome. Please don’t hesitate to write or call me (770-483-2903).

Happy researching!

Best regards,
Doris Wheeler, Volunteer Project Administrator

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