A surprise result on my Dna geneaology test.

by moshe 18 Replies latest jw friends

  • moshe

    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

  • Emma

    It's fascinating. I'd like to do it but don't have the money at the moment.

    Because all the relatives were "worldly" we didn't keep in touch with them. I'd like to know them and more about my family background, and this would go even deeper.

  • Thegoodgirl


  • confusedjw

    But with a name of Moshe I would have assumed you to be jewish anyway.

  • reneeisorym

    That's pretty cool . How long did it take you to get your results?

  • bluesapphire

    Wow Moshe! This sounds sooooo interesting. I'm going to do it too. How much did you pay?

    20 years ago I was living in Costa Rica and teaching English to adults. One of my students turned out to be the daughter of my father's cousin whom he didn't know about. We lost touch now but she had some of our family history. One thing that intrigued me was this:

    We shared a great grandmother by the surname of "Heineken". She had emigrated to Costa Rica to avoid being killed by the Nazis. That tripped me out! Most of my other ancestors are from Spain and that's why I look so Spanish.

    By the time Costa Rica became significantly colonized, the indigenous population had dwindled down to something like 1%. So most Costa Ricans are of European decent anyway. With the exception of 3% who are decendants of the Africans who were brought there to do slave labor since there were not enough indigenous peoples to do the work.

    Do you get something like a family tree too?

  • LongHairGal

    I was thinking about doing this but haven't done so yet.

    I read on a race forum that these tests don't tell you everything about yourself. In other words, the test only shows what you inherited, and you didn't inherit everything. So, it may tell you about SOME of your ancestors, but not all, so you won't know about everybody you are supposedly descended from.

    At least this is what I read.


  • moshe

    National Geographic charges $99. You get your 12 maker test for Y Dna and your haplotype which tells the origins of the Y -male,dna. I went through Familytreedna.com and registered with a surname project for $99 and paid $15 extra to get the Genographic reports. Going that route I was able to see, if I matched with other living cousins. Some of your Dna is passed on from generation to generation with only small mutations every 1000-2000 years. What can they determine? How about Native American ancestry, do you have the genetic marker to show you are of the Jewish Priestly class or maybe related to Ghengis Khan? I was mainly intersted in finding distant living cousins and this is something that is hard for a genealogist to do, without some very good records. My very common family name had no written family tree and only census records back to 1840 that I could utilize. Two generations beyond my grandfather was all I could muster on my own. It took about 8 weeks after I sent in the cheek swabs to get my report back.

  • lovelylil


    That is so interesting. Thanks for sharing. I had no idea you could have that done and actually $99 is not that expensive. I think I am going to do it too and encourage my hubby to do it. Lilly

  • moshe

    But with a name of Moshe I would have assumed you to be jewish anyway.

    That is the name I picked as my Jewish name after I converted- not the name on my driver's license! When a Jewish child is born or you convert you are given a Hebrew name. That is the formal name you use in Synagogue services., at your wedding,etc. This is the name that is used in a prayer at your funeral.- make sense? My full name means "Moshe son of Abraham"- common for converts as he was the father for all of the Jewish people.

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