Public figures are regular targets for genealogical researchers hunting for a great story.  There is a good one!  John Punch, who is regarded as the first African-American slave in British North America is possibly an ancestor of President Obama.  The Bunch Surname Project administrator, Mark Bunch,  was involved in this New York Times story and shared this email with his project members.  (Thanks to Mark for sharing!)  Hope you enjoy.  Terry ... Read more


There is a difference in the quality of result you will get at different DNA testing laboratories - in the reporting of results,  in the reporting of matches and in the cost.  There is also a large difference in the service and support provided by the various testing companies.  Please consider all 4 aspects and do your homework before you buy a DNA test!

I have personally tested at ... Read more


Bennett Greenspan is the founder of Family Tree DNA.  He created the concept of Genetic Genealogy and his company tests more than 90% of the genealogists who use DNA to further their learning.  He is also a very nice man.

Here's a link to a recent interview with Bennett:


Hope you Enjoy!

Terry ... Read more

Project Members

I just had an email discussion with an administrator who was trying to decide whether to allow people with only a Family Finder test in his project.  I shared with him my philosophy - which I repeat here:

A surname project is for yDNA tests of men with the project surnames, those who know of a name change from one of the project surnames to the one they currently have, and those who match project members. ... Read more

Name Changes

Most Project Administrators have probably had a discussion with someone who insisted that a person matching them  couldn't possibly be related because they spelled their name differntly - often with a very minor difference - such as  with (or without) an "e" or an "s".  

We support a project that is really fun to look at for the  name evolutions as immigrants came to America - the Palatine project at http://www.worldfamilies.net/surnames/palatine/results ... Read more

JoGG is Back!

JoGG has a new issue: ... Read more

Biscuits Graduated

A number of researchers we know followed "Biscuits" blog back in 2005/6 when he was stationed in Iraq.  I also sent out update emails to a number of friends.  It was a tough time during a very serious stage of the Iraq War.  We are so pleased that all of our Military are finally coming home from Iraq! ... Read more

Central/Eastern European Jewish Genetics

From time to time, I see an extraordinary situation where a man will have dozens of genealogically relevant matches with men of different surnames.  I still recall the first extreme situation I stumbled across several years ago, where a man had about 50 matches at 37 markers with about 45 different surnames.  When I searched for an explanation, I learned that this was not uncommon for Eastern European Jewish families.   ... Read more

SNPs are Coming!

Updated  11-14-13

This article was originally written 11-19-11.  I am expecting the "Big Y" that was released earlier this week to give us branching within Lineages.  Stay tuned to see how things come out - and enjoy reading this two year old look forwards (towards now).  Terry

End of 11-14-13 Update

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I just answered a question from a researcher about 464.  This is a confusing marker - so I've summarized the main aspects for anyone who needs a better insight. ... Read more

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