On the Death of Cheryl

Everybody’s existence depends on the actions, interactions and decision trees of the people who came before them. That isn’t unique. What I think is unique is the perspective on existence available to the family historian. My aunt Cheryl died at the end of August. Her visitation (she didn’t want a funeral) was on the 8th …

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Everybody has Two Family Trees

  Everyone has two family trees. One is a paper trail tree. That tree lives in documentation, court records, land ownership, family bibles and the almighty census. The other tree is a genetic tree, built from the DNA of your ancestors that lives on in you. The two trees may or may not coincide for …

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And Then There Were Two

If you take a look at my previous posts on DF95 and the Cumberland Cluster, you’ll see that Big Y showed us to be a lone line of men straight from Z18, among other lone lines of men also coming directly form Z18. All our branches (save one) died out around the tail end of the …

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DF95 Do Over

I’m splitting these posts up in the hopes of keeping them short. Between 600BC and 0AD (I never know whether to put AD or BC(E) on that one) we can say that some series of events whittled the Cumberland Cluster down to a single man. In that same time, some similar series of events seems …

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DF95 – All Together Alone

One of the really striking things about Y DF95 or the Cumberland Cluster, is that we generally tend to have fewer Y matches than others in R1b and R1b-U106 and I imagine even other men in R1b-Z18. In my experience, using Y STRs, we have less false positive matches at lower levels than other haplogroups …

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The Carr Family and DNA Triangulation

In Elmore Dark Matter I talked about the regular old paper trail steps I followed to uncover Maurice Elmore’s history and his connection to the family of Halsey Orton Elmore. In that search, the key to the entire thing was actually his mother’s family. Deciphering their connections led me down the right path and nicely all that …

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Time and the Search for Meaning in DNA

The Problem with Time My history teacher in the 8th grade (who shall remain Mr. Baker) said that we have no concept of time. He was the kind of guy I’ve always thought I should be. Well versed in history, pretty physically fit, owned property in the woods that he would clear trails on. He’d …

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Hidden Branches of the Cumberland Cluster

Since the DYS458.2 cluster bomb in 2013 we’ve entered the world of next gen Y testing like Big Y. That testing has compressed the search for relevant SNPs from a years long trudge down to a matter of a few months (along with a bunch of analysis afterwards). In 2013 we knew we had two branches. …

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U152 Thompsons get a new haplogroup DF103

The backbone M343 Y SNP panel at Family Tree DNA  came back a little earlier than I expected. We have our new haplogroup: DF103. Of course I rushed right out to see what that was all about. So DF103 is a child of L2 which is a child of U152. Getting in the wayback machine, I …

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New U152 Thompson Y37 Results

Back in October, I ordered the Y37 upgrade for my U152 Thompsons. I was hoping to narrow down their enormous set of Y12 results and hopefully find a Thompson that was a close match. The results are in and here is the match list so far: I ended my screen capture right there at Mr …

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