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 ... 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

Ancestral Haplotypes

I just answered a researcher's question about how to “... identify the apparent haplotype of the MRCA”. 

In case you don't know what the ancestral haplotype is - it is the marker values that the ancestor would have had in order for his descendants to have the values they have  - which must be mostly the same as the ancestor's values - but possibly with one or more random mutations mixed in. ... Read more

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago - the Barton DNA Project was in its very beginning stages.  We just missed being the surname group with "free tests" who were working with the same lab as us, but we had still negotiated a very attractive rate - $85.  We didn't know how many markers we would get tested.  (the answers I recall were "more than 12", "at least 15", "probably more than 15" ...)  We were working on a "batch" basis, with the Lead Administrator, Leo Barton, responsible for gathering all of the names, addresses, pedigrees and mon ... Read more

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