I asked earlier this year if anyone had joined the National Geographic's Genographic Dna ancestry research project. I decided to do it a couple months ago and also signed up with the testing lab to see , if I matched with any unknown cousins. It took about 2 months for the cheek swab to be processed and I have my results. They were able to match me up with 5 individuals - a 12 for 12 marker 100% perfect match. Only one man had the same surname as me. I was determined to belong to the E3b1 haplotype subgroup. I am of semitic origin. This was the big surprise, as I expected, based on my surname to have ancestral origins in England or northern Europe. This haploype is found in only 2% of the English population. Two of the surnames I was matched with could be considered to be Jewish sounding names. I told my Jewish wife that maybe I could be from one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. She gave me a hug and said, "welcome home, honey". . I hope to make contact with my previously unknown cousins and fill in the empty history of my male ancestry, soon. A 12 marker Dna match indicates a 50% chance our ancestors were 5-7 generations ago ( most likely for the man with my surname) and a 90% probability we all share a common ancestor 20-25 generations ago.
-for more information on my haplotype and about the Genographic project