Seán MacGorman Powell
Gorman DNA Project Administrator
Thanks for the kind words, Michael. I am really passionate about genetic genealogy, and I won't rest until everybody in the project finds their place on the family tree. That's a never ending goal, so I guess it's going to be a long time before I get any rest!
Yeah, I sure see what you mean about your DYS385. 385b=16 seems to only be found in about 2% of R1b's (pretty close to the 3.5% figure you counted on the Ireland Heritage Project). Well, at least you know that if you ever do get a close match at 37 or more markers, and he shares that mutation, then you'll have a very strong match!
I haven't compared kit numbers to see if all the Ireland project members are in the Gorman project too, but I know I am, and I encourage the rest of you to join it, if you've got Irish Y-DNA ancestry (you can belong to both projects simultaneously).
I've been to Ireland too, a few times, and I know what you mean about the Gorman/O'Gorman name being all over the place. I think there are a few places there called Gormanstown. The name is definitely more concentrated in certain areas though, historically speaking.