The aim of this project is to bring together information and people from a small group who shared a common direct-line male ancestor a few thousand years ago. It is hoped that by sharing data and ideas we may better understand, through time, our common shared ancestry and deep origins.
Unfortunately the nature of the science is that what follows contains a lot of alpha-numeric terms that are less “eloquent” than one might like. Please don’t be put off by this. They are merely descriptive terms for what is actually a rather intriguing subject!
Testing of the Y-chromosome, which is passed directly and virtually unchanged from father to son, is proving enlightening in both family genealogy and the search for deeper origins.
A great many people of European ancestry will find they belong to the large haplogroup known as R1b. Recently some interesting tests have become available which help to split R1b into various “sub-clades” which promise to be more helpful in determining origins as they are smaller than the parent “supergroup” (R1b) and have a more recently-shared ancestry.
Our project deals with a sub-clade defined by the presence of a positive test result for a special marker called a “SNP”. In our case the SNP is known by a variety of names including the following:
All of the above are the same thing. Our haplogroup may also be referred to presently as R1b1b2g1. Prior to 2008 it was known by the old name of R1b1c9b.
It is also possible, with reasonable accuracy, to determine the likelihood of a person belonging to this sub-clade using the “Y-STR” markers that one will commonly have tested by a number of commercial companies.
We believe that “S29” is evidence of an interesting shared ancestry buried within our DNA and we invite you to explore further with us.