August 2016 Quarterly Report

The Iowa DNA Project was formed in November 2014 and has now reached 713 members.  The project is categorized as ‘geographical’, and is designed for those who have direct ancestry in Iowa, as well as those researching collateral lines that lived in Iowa. Our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, but we also have many members testing and actively researching their mtDNA and YDNA origins.

Those new to DNA testing are especially welcome and their research aims are supported and encouraged  within the project.  If you have tested with another company, you may wish to transfer your results to FTDNA and join us.  Instructions on how to transfer your raw results are available here.

Key Figures

  • Total Iowa DNA Project Members: 713
  • Family Finder Tests Completed: 577
  • Average number of database wide matches per member: 26
  • Highest number of Inter-Project matches per member: 853
  • Weekly Inter-Project Match Updates
  • All Iowa Counties Represented

Nuts and Bolts

The Iowa DNA Project Surname Index can be found here.  Surnames associated with specific counties can be found in our FAQ here.  Current members, if you’ve not already uploaded a gedcom and entered your Surname and Most Distant Ancestor details, you are strongly encouraged to do so. You can get detailed instructions on how to complete your profile here.

  • Total Iowa Surnames: 989
  • Members with Family Trees: 461
  • Members with listed Surnames:  553
  • Members with listed Most Distant Ancestors: 487

Iowan Family Groups

The long term goal of the Iowa DNA Project is the inclusion of multiple generations and extended family members who have taken the Family Finder test.  These family groups assist in helping inter-project matches determine how they may be connected and which branch of their family trees to examine further to prove their connections.  In October 2015, we teamed up with Göran Runfeld of dnagen.net  to trial his ICW Tool and to map out the interconnectedness of the entire Iowa DNA project.   Below is a depiction of the current extended connections between our members.

Nodes

Using the ICW Tool gives Iowa DNA Project members easy access to a variety of additional information and charts including a tabulation of our members’ Suggested Relationships.  As you can see, Iowa DNA Project members are actively recruiting close family to test.

Suggested Relationships

  • Parent/Child: 125
  • Full Siblings: 89
  • Grandparent/Grandchild/Half Siblings: 34
  • Aunt/Uncle/Niece/Nephew: 40
  • 1st Cousin: 67
  • 2nd Cousin: 108
  • 3rd Cousin: 154
  • 4th Cousin: 391

Match Count

More can be learned about the ICW Tool’s process and results here.   Detailed information and full access to charts and figures is available to project members.

Haplogroups

Project YDNAAs expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and its subclades, with I and its subclades being the second most common.  To date,   38 project members have completed the Big Y test.  If you are interested in getting closer to your terminal SNP but aren’t thrilled about the price tag of the Big Y, there are reasonably priced SNP packs available to help get you further down the phylotree*.

  • R-M269: 108
  • R (excluding R-M269): 66
  • I: 55
  • E: 8
  • G: 7
  • J: 4
  • N: 3
  • B: 1
  • C: 1
  • T: 1

More information on the project’s patriarchs and YDNA results can be found here.

*If you are unsure, check with your Haplogroup’s administrator for advice on which, if any SNP pack is suitable for you.

Project mtDNA:  The most common mtDNA continues to be H and its subclades with a variety of other haplogroups also represented.   196 project members have completed Full Mitochondrial Sequencing.

Member Haplogroups:

  • H: 106
  • U: 34
  • K: 30
  • T: 28
  • J: 21
  • W: 8
  • V: 7
  • I: 7
  • L: 3
  • B: 2
  • HV: 2
  • HVO:2
  • X: 2
  • C: 1
  • A: 1
  • RO: 1
  • N: 1

Complete information on our project’s mtDNA matriarchs, statistics and mutations can be found here.

Declared Countries of YDNA and mtDNA Origin

YDNA Countries of Origin

mtDNA Countries of Origin

MyOrigins Leaderboard

Based on percentage points per member, the Iowa DNA Project populations are listed below in order of frequency.  Descriptions of each population cluster can be found here. For the calculator junkies, additional admixture tools can be found at Gedmatch.

On the whole, as our numbers have risen, the populations seen in the project have remained at generally consistent levels. In the last 3 months, project members with calculated Western and Central European ancestry have risen slightly to surpass those with calculated Scandinavian origins.

  • British Isles 40,519
  • Western and Central Europe 24,018
  • Scandinavia 23,790
  • Southern Europe 6811
  • Eastern Europe 4758
  • Finland and Northern Siberia 744
  • Asia Minor 656
  • West Africa 393
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora 285
  • Eastern Middle East 265
  • Native American 233
  • Central Asia 169
  • Northeast Asia 143
  • (Blended Population Cluster) Eastern, Western and Central European 100
  • Scandinavian Western Central and Eastern European 100
  • North Africa 76
  • East Central Africa 16
  • South-Central Africa 9

100% Club:

  • 100% British Isles 8 members
  • 100% Western and Central Europe 3 members
  • 100% Scandinavian 2 member
  • 100% Eastern, Western and Central European 1 member
  • 100% Scandinavian, Western and Central European 1 member

Coming Results:

Currently, we are waiting for a few samples to be returned to the lab for testing: 1 R1b – DF27 SNP Pack, 1 Factoid, and 2 mtDNA Full Sequence.

From the FTDNA lab, we are waiting for the results of several tests:   1 YDNA 37 Marker,  1 YDNA 67 Marker, 1 YDNA 111 Marker (delayed),  3  Y-Hap-Backbone (3 delayed),  1 SNP Pack (delayed),  2 single SNPs (1 delayed),  5 mtDNA Full Sequence (2 delayed), 11 Factoids (11 delayed), 2 mtDNA Plus (2 delayed), and 3 Family Finders (1 delayed).  We have members who are predominantly interested in haplogroups and have not yet ordered a Family Finder.  We also have 58 kits that have taken advantage of the 3rd Party transfer offer  but are not yet unlocked.   Current members, please keep in mind you cannot be checked for inter-project matches without a completed and unlocked Family Finder test.

Do You have Iowan Roots?

As the Iowa DNA Project has grown, our membership has become increasingly varied.  As early uptakers of the FTDNA ‘Activity Feed’ it has been fantastic to see members sharing photos of their Iowa ancestors, asking questions, collaborating and sharing their successes.   Some of our members have specialized knowledge, databases and access to hard to find resources for their locale.  Our membership is not only spread across the United States, but also includes international members hoping to reconnect with missing branches of family known to have immigrated to Iowa.  Additionally, we have descendants of more recent immigrants, some who know the names of their ancestral European villages and their immigrant family’s Scandinavian farm names.

If you have Iowan roots, you are welcome to join us and encouraged to collaborate and share your family’s history and its place in the settlement of Iowa.

DNA Courses in Iowa August 2016

If you’re in Iowa and would like hands on assistance to make sense of your research, check out the classes offered by Iowa DNA Project’s own Dr Bryant McAllister of the University of Iowa.

GeneticsCourse Description and Details

Each of these courses is designed to support the goals of 1) encouraging understanding of the biological basis of commercial DNA test results, and 2) fostering proficiency navigating the web interface and interpreting DNA test results. These courses are intended for individuals with DNA test results already available. Classes will involve a mix of presentation, demonstration, and guided activity.

Bryant McAllister, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology at The University of Iowa is the instructor for these courses. As a scientist with a focus in evolutionary genetics, Dr. McAllister is an educator able to provide broad insights to individuals looking to apply DNA testing to family history research.
To register go to UI Center for Conferences
Class size is limited. The registration fee is $180 per course, or $320 for both. The deadline to register is July 18.
*Afternoon (1:00-4:00pm) sections of the courses may be opened if the morning sections reach capacity.
If you have questions or would prefer to register by phone please contact the UI Center for Conferences at conferences@uiowa.edu, 1 800 551 9029 or 319 335 4141.

May 2016 Quarterly Report

The Iowa DNA Project was formed in November 2014 and has now reached 614 members.  The project is categorized as ‘geographical’, and is designed for those who have direct ancestry in Iowa, as well as those researching collateral lines that lived in Iowa. Our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, but we also have many members testing and actively researching their mtDNA and YDNA origins.

Those new to DNA testing are especially welcome and their research aims are supported and encouraged  within the project.  If you have tested with another company, you may wish to transfer your results to FTDNA and join us.  Instructions on how to transfer your raw results are available here.

Key Figures

  • Total Iowa DNA Project Members: 614
  • Family Finder Tests Completed: 502
  • Total Donations: $224  Current Balance $26
  • Average number of database wide matches per member: 853
  • Highest number of Inter-Project matches per member: 18
  • Weekly Inter-Project Match Updates
  • All Iowa Counties Represented

Nuts and Bolts

The Iowa DNA Project Surname Index can be found here.  Surnames associated with specific counties can be found in our FAQ here.  Current members, if you’ve not already uploaded a gedcom and entered your Surname and Most Distant Ancestor details, you are strongly encouraged to do so. You can get detailed instructions on how to complete your profile here.

  • Total Iowa Surnames: 895
  • Members with Family Trees: 461
  • Members with listed Surnames:  553
  • Members with listed Most Distant Ancestors: 487

Iowan Family Groups

The long term goal of the Iowa DNA Project is the inclusion of multiple generations and extended family members who have taken the Family Finder test.  These family groups assist in helping inter-project matches determine how they may be connected and which branch of their family trees to examine further to prove their connections.  In October 2015, we teamed up with Göran Runfeld of dnagen.net  to trial his ICW Tool and to map out the interconnectedness of the entire Iowa DNA project.   Below is a depiction of the current extended connections between our members. 473 nodes.png

Using the ICW Tool gives Iowa DNA Project members easy access to a variety of additional information and charts including a tabulation of our members’ Suggested Relationships.  As you can see, Iowa DNA Project members are actively recruiting close family to test.

Suggested Relationships

  • Parent/Child: 69
  • Full Siblings: 71
  • Grandparent/Grandchild/Half Siblings: 27
  • Aunt/Uncle/Niece/Nephew: 29
  • 1st Cousin: 48
  • 2nd Cousin: 95
  • 3rd Cousin: 130
  • 4th Cousin: 356

matches

More can be learned about the ICW Tool’s process and results here.   Detailed information and full access to charts and figures is available to project members.

Haplogroups

Project YDNAAs expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and its subclades, with I and its subclades being the second most common.  To date,  34 project members have completed the Big Y test.  If you are interested in getting closer to your terminal SNP but aren’t thrilled about the price tag of the Big Y, there are reasonably priced SNP packs available to help get you further down the phylotree*.

  • R-M269: 86
  • R (excluding R-M269): 55
  • I: 46
  • E: 7
  • G: 6
  • J: 4
  • N: 3
  • B: 1
  • T: 1

More information on the project’s patriarchs and YDNA results can be found here.

*If you are unsure, check with your Haplogroup’s administrator for advice on which, if any SNP pack is suitable for you.

Project mtDNA:  The most common mtDNA continues to be H and its subclades with a variety of other haplogroups also represented.   172 project members have completed Full Mitochondrial Sequencing.

mtdna confirmed

Member Haplogroups:

  • H: 89
  • U: 28
  • I: 25
  • T: 23
  • K: 22
  • J: 14
  • V: 6
  • W: 4
  • B: 2
  • HV: 2
  • L: 2
  • HVO:2
  • C: 1
  • X: 1
  • A: 1
  • RO: 1
  • N: 1

Complete information on our project’s mtDNA matriarchs, statistics and mutations can be found here.

Declared Countries of YDNA and mtDNA Origin

Y Origins

mtdna origins

MyOrigins Leaderboard

Based on percentage points per member, the Iowa DNA Project populations are listed below in order of frequency.  Descriptions of each population cluster can be found here. For the calculator junkies, additional admixture tools can be found at Gedmatch.

On the whole, as our numbers have risen since last November, the populations seen in the project have remained at generally consistent levels with two exceptions.  Members with calculated Native American and Northeast Asian ancestry have increased.

  • British Isles 20,941
  • Scandinavia 12,048
  • Western and Central Europe 11,131
  • Southern Europe 3134
  • Eastern Europe 2228
  • Finland and Northern Siberia 664
  • Asia Minor 567
  • West Africa 291
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora 246
  • Eastern Middle East 194
  • Native American 175
  • Central Asia 169
  • Northeast Asia 120
  • (Blended Population Cluster) Eastern, Western and Central European 100
  • North Africa 68
  • East Central Africa 13
  • South-Central Africa 8

100% Club:

  • 100% British Isles 6 members
  • 100% Western and Central Europe 3 members
  • 100% Scandinavian 1 member
  • 100% Eastern, Western and Central European 1 member

Coming Results:

Currently, we are waiting for a few kits to be returned to the lab for testing: 1 Factoid, 1 mtDNA Plus, 3 mtDNA Full Sequence,  1 YDNA 12 Marker, 4 YDNA 37 Marker, 1 YDNA 111, and 1 Family Finder.

From the FTDNA lab, we are waiting for the results of several tests:   4 YDNA 37 Marker, 2 YDNA 67 Marker, 3 YDNA 111 Marker,  2 Y-Hap-Backbone,  3 SNP Packs, 1 single SNP, 2 Big Y, 11 mtDNA Full Sequence, 3 mtDNA Plus, and 3 Family Finders.  We have members who are predominantly interested in haplogroups and have not yet ordered a Family Finder.  We also have 42 kits that have taken advantage of the 3rd Party transfer offer  but are not yet unlocked.   Current members, please keep in mind you cannot be checked for inter-project matches without a completed and unlocked Family Finder test.

Do You have Iowan Roots?

Over the last 18 months, the Iowa DNA Project has experienced tremendous growth.  We have members with, “boots on the ground” in Iowa, some of who have specialized knowledge, databases and access to hard to find resources for their locale.  Our membership is not only spread across the United States, but also includes international members hoping to reconnect with missing branches of family known to have immigrated to Iowa.  Additionally, we have descendents of more recent immigrants, some who know the names of their ancestral European villages and their immigrant family’s Scandinavian farm names.

If you have Iowan roots, you are welcome to join us and encouraged to collaborate and share your family’s history and its place in the settlement of Iowa.

February 2016 Quarterly Report

The Iowa DNA Project was formed in November 2014 and has now reached 519 members.  The project is categorized as ‘geographical’, and is designed for those who have direct ancestry in Iowa, or those researching collateral lines that lived in Iowa. Our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, but we also have numerous members interested in testing and investigating their mtDNA and YDNA origins.

Those new to DNA testing are especially welcome and their research aims are supported and encouraged  within the project.  If you have tested with another company, you may wish to transfer your results to FTDNA and join us.  Instructions on how to transfer your raw results are available here.

Key Figures

  • Total Iowa DNA Project Members: 519
  • Family Finder Tests Completed: 427
  • Total Donations: $224  Current Balance $26
  • Highest number of database wide matches per member: 3500
  • Average number of database wide matches per member: 872
  • Highest number of Inter-Project matches per member: 11
  • Weekly Inter-Project Match Updates
  • All Iowa Counties Represented

Nuts and Bolts

The Iowa DNA Project Surname Index can be found here.  Surnames associated with specific counties can be found in our FAQ here.  Current members, if you’ve not already uploaded a gedcom and entered your Surname and Most Distant Ancestor details, you are strongly encouraged to do so. You can get detailed instructions on how to complete your profile here.

  • Total Iowa Surnames: 831
  • Members with Family Trees: 410
  • Members with listed Surnames:  459
  • Members with listed Most Distant Ancestors: 396

Iowan Family Groups

The long term goal of the Iowa DNA Project is the inclusion of multiple generations and extended family members who have taken the Family Finder test.  These family groups assist in helping inter-project matches determine how they may be connected and which branch of their family trees to examine further to prove their connections.  Last October, we teamed up with Göran Runfeld of dnagen.net  to trial his ICW Tool and to map out the interconnectedness of the entire Iowa DNA project.   Below is a depiction of the current extended connections between our members. ICW Tool 387 Nodes

Using the ICW Tool gives Iowa DNA Project members easy access to a variety of additional information and charts including a tabulation of our members’ Suggested Relationships.  As you can see, our members are actively recruiting close family members to test.

Suggested Relationships

  • Parent/Child: 68
  • Full Siblings: 54
  • Grandparent/Grandchild/Half Siblings: 28
  • Aunt/Uncle/Niece/Nephew: 28
  • 1st Cousin: 40
  • 2nd Cousin: 52
  • 3rd Cousin: 100
  • 4th Cousin: 236

ICW Count Bar

More can be learned about the ICW Tool’s process and results here.  Detailed information and access to charts and figures is available to project members.

 

Haplogroups

Project YDNAAs expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and its subclades, with I and its subclades being the second most common.  To date,  28 project members have completed the Big Y test.  If you are interested in getting closer to your terminal SNP but aren’t interested in the price tag of the Big Y, there are numerous reasonably priced SNP packs available to help get you further down the phylotree*.

Confirmed Y

  • R-M269: 75
  • R (excluding R-M269): 52
  • I: 36
  • E: 5
  • G: 5
  • J: 4
  • N: 3
  • B: 1

More information on the project’s patriarchs and YDNA results can be found here.

*If you are unsure, check with your Haplogroup’s administrator for advice on which SNP pack is suitable for you.

Project mtDNA:  The most common mtDNA continues to be H and its subclades with a variety of other haplogroups also represented.  147 project members have completed Full Mitochondrial Sequencing.

confirmed mt

Member Haplogroups:

  • H: 81
  • K: 22
  • U: 27
  • T: 19
  • J: 14
  • I: 7
  • W:  4
  • V: 4
  • B: 2
  • HV: 2
  • L: 1
  • HVO:1
  • C: 1
  • X: 1
  • A: 1
  • RO: 1

Complete information on our project’s mtDNA matriarchs, statistics and mutations can be found here.

Declared Countries of YDNA and mtDNA Origin

Y origin

mt originMyOrigins Leaderboard

Based on percentage points per member, the Iowa DNA Project populations are listed below in order of frequency.  Descriptions of each population cluster can be found here.  Additional admixture tools can be found at Gedmatch.

On the whole, as our numbers have risen since last November, the populations seen in the project have remained at generally consistent levels with two exceptions.  Members with calculated Native American and Central Asian ancestry have increased.

  • British Isles 16,755
  • Scandinavia 10,093
  • Western and Central Europe 8650
  • Southern Europe 2577
  • Eastern Europe 1931
  • Finland and Northern Siberia 521
  • Asia Minor 496
  • West Africa 259
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora 184
  • Eastern Middle East 159
  • Central Asia 138
  • Native American 128
  • (Blended Population Cluster) Eastern, Western and Central European 100
  • Northeast Asia 83
  • North Africa 57
  • East Central Africa 8
  • South-Central Africa 6

100% Club:

  • 100% British Isles 5 members
  • 100% Western and Central Europe 3 members
  • 100% Scandinavian 1 member
  • 100% Eastern, Western and Central European 1 member

Coming Results:

Currently, we are waiting for a few kits to be returned to the lab for testing: 1 Factoid, 1 YDNA 12 Marker, 1 YDNA 111 Marker, 1 Y-Hap-Backbone, 1 mtDNA Full Sequence and  1 mtDNA Plus.  We have members who are predominantly interested in haplogroups and have not yet ordered a Family Finder.  We also have 40 kits that have taken advantage of the 3rd Party transfer offer  but are not yet unlocked.   Current members, please keep in mind you cannot be checked for inter-project matches without a completed and unlocked Family Finder test.

From the FTDNA lab, we are waiting for:  2 mtFull Sequence (1 delayed), 1 Big Y, 3 YDNA 67, 2 YDNA 111, 1 Y Haplogroup Backbone (failed quality control/delayed), 1 R1b-M222 SNP Pack, 1 R1b-Z253 SNP Pack, 1 R1b-L1065 SNP Pack, 6 individual SNPS (4 failed quality control/ delayed, 1 delayed) and 1 Family Finder (delayed).

Do You have Iowan Roots?

Many of our project members descend from families who were part of the pioneering settlement of Iowa that pushed in from the eastern seaboard, riding their prairie schooners west, until they found the bountiful farmland of Iowa. Additionally, we have descendents of more recent immigrants, some who know the names of their ancestral European villages and their immigrant family’s Scandinavian farm names.  If you have Iowan roots, you are welcome to join and encouraged to collaborate and share your family’s history and its place in the settlement of Iowa.

Happy First Birthday Iowa DNA Project

The Iowa DNA Project was formed at the end of November 2014 and for its first birthday has now reached 361 members.  The project is ‘geographical’ in nature, and designed for those who have direct ancestors who lived in Iowa, or those researching collateral lines that lived in Iowa. Our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, but we also have members who have had or are in the process of having their mtDNA and YDNA tested.  Those new to DNA testing are especially welcome and their research aims are supported within the project.

The previous (August 2015) Quarterly Report can be viewed here.

Key Figures

  • Total Iowa DNA Project Members: 361
  • Family Finder Tests Completed: 305
  • Total Donations: $105  Current Balance $6
  • Highest number of database wide matches per member: 3000
  • Lowest number of database wide matches per member: 1
  • Average number of database wide matches per member: 858
  • Inter-Project Matches: 233
  • Highest number of Inter-Project matches per member: 11
  • Weekly Match Updates
  • 96 of 99 Iowa Counties Represented

iowa mapNuts and Bolts

The Iowa DNA Project Surname Index can be found here.  Surnames associated with specific counties can be found in our FAQ here.

  • Total Iowa Surnames: 667
  • Members with Family Trees:276
  • Members with listed Surnames: 317
  • Members with listed Most Distant Ancestors: 292

Iowan Family Groups

The Iowa DNA Project has many pioneers who were the first to test within their immediate family.  However, the backbone of the project is the inclusion of multiple generations and extended family members who have also tested.  These family groups assist in helping inter-project matches determine how they may be connected and which branch of their family trees to examine further.  In October, we teamed up with Göran Runfeldt of dnagen.net  to trial his ICW Tool to map out the interconnectedness of the entire Iowa DNA project.   Below is a depiction of the connections between our current members.

atlas

Using the ICW Tool gives Iowa DNA Project members easy access to a variety of additional information and charts including a tabulation of our members’ Suggested Relationships.  As you can see, our members are actively recruiting close family members to test.

match totals

Suggested Relationships

  • Parent/Child: 64
  • Full Siblings: 38
  • Grandparent/Grandchild/Half Siblings: 22
  • Aunt/Uncle/Niece/Nephew: 22
  • 1st Cousin: 22
  • 2nd Cousin: 30
  • 3rd Cousin: 62
  • 4th Cousin: 114

More can be learned about the process and results here*.

*Additional detailed information is available to Iowa DNA Project members

Haplogroups

Project YDNAAs expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and its subclades, with I and its subclades the second most common.  23 project members have completed the Big Y test.

Conf Y

Predicted Y

  • R-M269: 48
  • R (excluding R-M269): 44
  • I: 28
  • G: 3
  • E: 3
  • J: 2
  • N: 3

More information on the project’s patriarchs and YDNA results can be found here.

Project mtDNA:  The most common mtDNA continues to be H and its subclades with a variety of other haplogroups also represented. 105 project members have completed Full Mitochondrial Sequencing.

Member Haplogroups:

  • H: 68
  • K: 17
  • T: 16
  • U: 14
  • J: 12
  • I: 5
  • W: 3
  • V: 2
  • B: 2
  • C:1
  • X: 1

Complete information on our project’s mtDNA matriarchs, statistics and mutations can be found here.

conf mtdna

Declared Countries of YDNA and mtDNA Origin

Y COA

mt COA

MyOrigins Leaderboard

Based on percentage points per member, the Iowa DNA Project populations are listed below in order of frequency.  Descriptions of each population cluster can be found here.  Additional admixture tools can be found at Gedmatch.

  • British Isles 12,333
  • Scandinavia 6931
  • Western and Central Europe 6558
  • Southern Europe 1710
  • Eastern Europe 1403
  • Finland and Northern Siberia 345
  • Asia Minor 296
  • West Africa 158
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora 120
  • Eastern Middle East 106
  • (Blended Population Cluster) Eastern, Western and Central European 100
  • Native American 87
  • Northeast Asia 78
  • Central Asia 75
  • North Africa 35
  • East Central Africa 5
  • South-Central Africa 4
  • (Blended Population Cluster) British Isles and Western and Central Europe 1

As a matter of interest:

  • 100% British Isles 3 members
  • 100% Western and Central Europe 2 members
  • 100% Scandinavian 1 member
  • 100% Eastern, Western and Central European 1 member

Coming Results:

Currently, we are waiting for 3 kits to be returned to the lab for testing: 1 Factoid, 1 YDNA 67 Marker and 1 mtFull Sequence.  We have 13 members who have kits that have been transferred but not yet unlocked. Current members, please keep in mind you cannot be checked for inter-project matches without a completed and unlocked Family Finder test.

From the FTDNA lab, we are waiting for:

  • 2 mtFull Sequence (1 delayed)
  • 1 YDNA 37 marker
  • 7 Factoids (same project member)
  • 1 Y Haplogroup Backbone (delayed)
  • 1 R1b-CTS4466 SNP Pack
  • 1 R1b-L21 SNP Pack
  • 1 Big Y
  • 5 individual SNPS (same project member, 4 delayed)

Do You have Iowan Roots?

I would like to thank the project members for their patience and many efforts over the last year.  In October, I attended the Irish Genetic Genealogy Conference in Dublin, Ireland and had the pleasure of attending lectures, meeting cousins, members of ISOGG and other project administrators.  Lots of great information came out of the conference as well as ideas to make the project better. I look forward to making and sharing our discoveries in the months to come.

You can read more about the benefits of joining a project at FTDNA here.  If you would like to join the Iowa DNA Project, please visit our homepage here.  The project has converted to MyGroups and has activated its Activity Feed to encourage collaboration. The Feed may be accessed after joining and of course our links section is available to all.

DNA Genealogy Experiment: Iowa DNA Project Matches

Recently, Yaniv Erlich of DNA.Land shared a graphical image of 4300 DNA.Land users that have at least one match in their new database.  The image depicted a supercluster with more than 2500 connected users where as stated by Yaniv, “one person is the cousin of another person who is the cousin of a third person who is the cousin of … and so on.”  In the discussion that ensued on ISOGG’s Facebook page, I learned that Göran Runfeldt, a software developer, hobbyist genealogist, and Administrator and developer of the dnagen.net website has been experimenting with a similar graphics tool for Family Finder Projects.

I’d previously had the pleasure of using the DNA Genealogy Experiment  tool created by Staffan Bettner and Göran  Runfeldt, which allows individual Family Finder users to view their matches and their interconnectedness in the form of colorful graphs. The tool is free, fully customizable and in depth information and instructions can be found about it at the Swedish DNA Project News.

The possibility of using a similar tool to map out the connectedness of the entire  Iowa DNA Project was very exciting indeed!

The ICW tool is still experimental but Göran generously set me up with an Iowa DNA Project ICW tool preview. For privacy, the names of project members have been stripped.  It’s Göran’s hope that in time the ICW tool will become available to all interested FTDNA project administrators who will be able to automatically create specialized graphics and charts for their members.

Currently, the Iowa DNA Project has 342 members with 245 inter-project matches.  Using the ICW tool, I was able to view various charts such as highest number of matches per kit, summaries of longest/shortest/average cM’s/segments per kit, and match related timelines and pie charts.

top20

Figure 1 Top 20 Matches

The figure above uses the Matches Bar Chart to depict 20 kits with the highest number of matches in the project.  Our project is fortunate to have several multi-generationally tested families and extended family testers. As the project administrator and sender of new match updates, I’m aware that some of these project members have matches with another project family, and that family has matches with yet another project family. Some of the matches overlap between some members of each family yet not with other members of the same family.

Using the Atlas component of the ICW tool we can visually display these connections.  It’s also possible to alter the number of nodes depicted per image, as well as to apply a multitude of filters.  In Figure 2, 45 Nodes, or project member kits are shown, including the 3 closely related families which are circled.  Other members with at least 1 project match are also shown. Lines are drawn to show connections between the family groups and their more distantly related cousins within the project.

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Figure 2 45 Nodes

In Figure 3, 75 Nodes are shown, with each having at least 1 project match. The original families are still essentially isolated, but connections are starting to form with other kits.

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Figure 3 75 Nodes

In Figure 4 100 Nodes are represented.

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Figure 4 100 Nodes

At 150 Nodes, there are numerous connections between project members:

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Figure 5 150 Nodes

Below are 245 Nodes representing all 245 project members and their matches within the Iowa DNA Project.  The originally isolated families have many connections with other project members, who are in turn also connected with one another.  When using the Atlas in the ICW tool, it is possible to mouse over each node to see the kit number as well as to magnify the entire field.

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Figure 6 245 Nodes

As mentioned above, the tool is not yet available to all projects. It also has the current limitation of being able to process up to 1000 project members.  Göran is also working on a project which will involve, “rendering of Family Finder project Y/mt results on the more up to date ISOGG, YFull and PhyloTree haplotrees: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/dnagen-experiment/about/results .”

For those who are already members of the Iowa DNA Project, more information about the tool and how you can access our results will be available on our project  Activity Feed.

MDLP K13 Ultimate

For you ancestral-origin addicts, if your kit isn’t already uploaded to Gedmatch, you might want to consider adding it to their free database.  Not only can you get additional matches from the Big Three DNA companies, but there are numerous admixture tools to explore, including Vadim Verenich’s new MDLP K13 Ultimate.

Vadim discusses and explains his methodology in creating MDLP K13 Ultimate here.  According to Vadim, the tool is especially useful for showing the deep ancestry of Western Europeans.

MDLP K13 Ultimate’s Components

  • Amerindian – the modal component of the Native American
  • ANE – the modal component of the Northern Eurasians, which has been isolated from the common cluster with WHG – the highest values ​​in the samples of MA1, AG2, as well as the ancient genomes from Sintashta, Andronov, Afanasievo, Yamnaya, Corded Ware etc. Among the modern populations the highest percentage of ANE has been detected in Kalash population. Almost the same with the ANE component in Lazaridis et al. 2014
  • Arctic – modal component with peak populations Koryak, Chukchi, Eskimos and Itelmens
  • ASI – еру modal component of South Indian populations (i assume that this component is identical to ASI in (Reich et al. 2009).
  • Caucasus-Gedrosia – identical to Pontikos’s Caucasus-Gedrosia cluster
  • EastAsian – the modal component of East Asia
  • ENF – the component of the ancient European Neolithic farmers with the peak in the ancient samples of LBK culture (Lazaridis et al. 2014, Haak et al. 2015). Among the modern populations – the highest values ​​have been detected in Sardinians, Corsicans and Basques.
  • NearEast – the modal component of Middle Easterners
  • Oceanian – the modal component of the aboriginal inhabitants of Oceania, Austronesian, Melanesia and Micronesia (the peak in modern Papuans and Australian Aborigines)
  • Paleo-African – the modal component of African Pygmies and Bushmen
  • Siberian – the modal component of south eastern Siberia
  • Subsaharian – the second African component (Mandinka, Yoruba and Esan)
  • WHG-UHG – the native component of the ancient European Mesolithic hunter-gatherers (Lazaridis et al. 2014, Haak et al. 2015). Among the modern populations – the highest percentage in the population of Estonians, Lithuanians, Finns and others.

A Test Run

The testers in this experiment include 3 family groups that are predominantly Western European.

Group 1

Group 1 consists of 4 generations of my immediate family as shown in Figure 1.

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Group 1 MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture Results:

group 1

Oracles

Below are each tester’s Oracle 4 results. Oracles are designed to find the population(s) you are most similar to.   As an example of what you might see in your own results, for Gladys I have shown the full Oracle 4 output.  For the rest of the testers, I’ve only included the top estimate in each of the 4 population approximations.  When using the Oracles, ideally you want your results to be a distance close to 1 or less.  The further the distance, the less your sample matches the reference population.  Please note, the MDLP K13 Ultimate Calculator has no Irish samples and thus no Irish population is included in the Oracle estimates.

Gladys mtDNA J1c3e Irish, small amount Alsace

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Germany_South @ 4.725954

2 Welsh @ 4.760169
3 Hungary @ 5.075449
4 Slovenian2 @ 5.144983
5 Slovak @ 5.262948
6 Austria @ 5.263268
7 North_European @ 5.285005
8 Czech2 @ 5.398787
9 Belgian @ 5.461259
10 German @ 5.465462
11 Slovenian @ 5.676105
12 South-German @ 5.796731
13 Austrian @ 5.843022
14 Hungarian @ 5.923850
15 Germany_North @ 6.175276
16 Inkeri @ 6.573199
17 Croat_BH @ 6.697131
18 North_German @ 6.715919
19 English_GBR @ 6.953663
20 Moldavian @ 7.103191

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% France +50% Vepsa @ 3.396806

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% Icelandic +25% Lak +25% Spanish_Pais_Vasco_IBS @ 2.251328

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Avar + Basque_French + Orcadian + Swedish @ 1.562552

2 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Norwegian + Swedish @ 1.587619
3 Avar + Basque_French + Norwegian + Swedish @ 1.589907
4 Basque_Spanish + Lak + Norwegian + Swedish @ 1.604312
5 Avar + Basque_French + Icelandic + Swedish @ 1.609077
6 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Orcadian + Swedish @ 1.617271
7 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR + Swedish @ 1.627082
8 Basque_Spanish + Icelandic + Lak + Swedish @ 1.632314
9 Basque_French + Icelandic + Lak + Swedish @ 1.636813
10 Avar + French_South + Orcadian + Swedish @ 1.652004
11 Basque_Spanish + Norwegian + Swedish + Tabasaran @ 1.676389
12 Basque_French + Lak + Norwegian + Swedish @ 1.702851
13 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Icelandic + Swedish @ 1.707930
14 Basque_Spanish + Orcadian + Swedish + Tabasaran @ 1.720994
15 Avar + Basque_French + Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR + Swedish @ 1.737037
16 Avar + Basque_French + Orcadian + Russia @ 1.739913
17 Avar + French_South + Icelandic + Sweden @ 1.740096
18 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Russia + Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR @ 1.742547
19 Basque_Spanish + Icelandic + Swedish + Tabasaran @ 1.748318
20 Avar + Basque_Spanish + Orcadian + Russia @ 1.759932

To give a visual representation, I have plotted her 4 population approximation with the Geographic Midpoint Calculator.  The thumbtack with the ‘M’ is the midpoint between the 4 locations. At FTDNA, Gladys is 99% British Isles and 1% Asia Minor.

gladys midpoint

Steve mtDNA J1c3e yDNA R-Z251 ½ Irish, ½ East Flanders

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Germany_South @ 2.569169

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% Germany_South +50% Germany_South @ 2.569169

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_GBR +25% Greek_Comas +25% Vepsa @ 2.216009

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Basque_Spanish + English_Kent_GBR + Kumyk_Stalskoe + Polish @ 1.199786

Steve’s midpoint plots in the Czech Republic.  Although he is half Irish and half East Flemish, he also has small amounts of Asia Minor and Southern and Eastern European at FTDNA:

steve midpoint

Lori mtDNA W3

Using 1 population approximation:

1 North_European @ 3.871830

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% French +50% Vepsa @ 3.446190

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Kent_GBR +25% French_South +25% Tajik_Yagnobi @ 2.150152

Using 4  populations approximation:

1 Basque_Spanish + English_Kent_GBR + Orcadian + Tajik_Yagnobi @ 1.698324

lori midpoint

Jeremy mtDNA W3 ¼ English (Newcastle), ¼ Colonial

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Welsh @ 1.196703

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% Welsh +50% Welsh @ 1.196703

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Cornwall_GBR +25% English_GBR +25% Romanians @ 0.840597

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 English_Cornwall_GBR + English_Cornwall_GBR + English_GBR + Romanians @ 0.840597

J midpoint

Gavan mtDNA W3 half Irish and Scots

Using 1 population approximation:

1 English_GBR @ 3.039722

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% France +50% Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR @ 2.266037

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_GBR +25% Spanish_Aragon_IBS +25% Vepsa @ 1.150668

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Belgian + English_Cornwall_GBR + Spanish_Aragon_IBS + Vepsa @ 1.059918

Ga midpoint

Leona mtDNA W3 ½ Pomeranian, ¼ Norwegian, ¼ Alsatian

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Welsh @ 1.911880

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% North European +50% Slovenian2 @ 1.408170

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% North_European +25% Slovak +25% Welsh @ 1.243836

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 French_South + Georgian + Latvian + Norwegian @ 1.187358

leona midpoint

Jackie mtDNA W3

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Belgian @ 1.387411

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% Belgian +50% Welsh @ 1.096892

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% Belgian +25% Welsh +25% Welsh @ 1.096892

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 French_South + Georgian + Icelandic + Sorbs @ 1.075442

jack midpoint

Diane

Using 1 population approximation:

1 South-German @ 1.934086

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% South-German +50% South-German @ 1.934086

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% North_German +25% Romanian +25% United-Kingdom @ 1.519436

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 English_Cornwall_GBR + Romanians + Slovak + United-Kingdom @ 1.441976

Group 2

MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture Results

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As seen in Figure 1, Group 2 includes 2 unrelated mothers, Nancy and Lori, and their sons, AJ and Jeremy who are ½ uncle and nephew.

Oracles

Nancy

Using 1 population approximation:

1 English_GBR @ 1.889876

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% English_GBR +50% English_GBR @ 1.889876

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% Russian_Orjol +25% Spanish_Pais_Vasco_IBS +25% Welsh @ 1.239205

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Basque_French + Czech2 + Inkeri + West-Belarusian @ 1.045225

nancy midpoint

AJ

Using 1 population approximation:

1 North_European @ 2.072961

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% European_Utah +50% Welsh @ 1.128120

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% Czech2 +25% Spanish_Cantabria_IBS +25% Ukranian @ 0.942059

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Czech2 + Slovak + Sorbs + Spanish_Cataluna_IBS @ 0.914081

aj midpoint

Lori mtDNA W3

Using 1 population approximation:

1 North_European @ 3.871830

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% French +50% Vepsa @ 3.446190

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Kent_GBR +25% French_South +25% Tajik_Yagnobi @ 2.150152

Using 4  populations approximation:

1 Basque_Spanish + English_Kent_GBR + Orcadian + Tajik_Yagnobi @ 1.698324

Jeremy mtDNA W3 ¼ English (Newcastle), ¼ Colonial

Using 1 population approximation:

1 Welsh @ 1.196703

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% Welsh +50% Welsh @ 1.196703

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Cornwall_GBR +25% English_GBR +25% Romanians @ 0.840597

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 English_Cornwall_GBR + English_Cornwall_GBR + English_GBR + Romanians @ 0.840597

Group 3

MDLP K13 Ultimate Admixture Results

group 3

Group 3 consists of two full sisters, Jean and Sally, and Sally’s daughter Julie.  Jean and Sally’s father was born in Glasgow from a family that originated primarily in the north of Scotland.  Maternally, they derive mainly from early Irish and German immigrants.  Paternally, Julie’s family has lived in Lippe, Germany for centuries.

Oracles

Jean 1/2 Northern Scots, ½ Colonial

Using 1 population approximation:

1 North_German @ 4.487704

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Cornwall_GBR +50% Vepsa @ 3.162740

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% English_Cornwall_GBR +25% Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR +25% Vepsa @ 2.750026

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 English_Cornwall_GBR + English_Cornwall_GBR + Scottish_Argyll_Bute_GBR + Vepsa @ 2.750026

jean

Sally ½ Northern Scots, half Colonial

Using 1 population approximation:

1 North_European @ 1.952304

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% English_GBR +50% North_European @ 1.668977

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% Slovak +25% Spanish_Pais_Vasco_IBS +25% Vepsa @ 1.005733

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Basque_French + Hungary + Russian_Smolensk + Vepsa @ 0.987646

Sally has a small amount of Central Asia in her FTDNA ancestral origins that her sister Jean does not have.

sally midpoint

Julie ¼ Northern Scots, ¼ Colonial, half German (Lippe)

Using 1 population approximation:

1 English_GBR @ 3.404993

Using 2 populations approximation:

1 50% French +50% Vepsa @ 3.007144

Using 3 populations approximation:

1 50% North_German +25% Spanish_Valencia_IBS +25% Vepsa @ 2.082997

Using 4 populations approximation:

1 Basque_French + Slovak + Vepsa + Vepsa @ 1.434730

julie midpoint

Conclusion:

For my testers, the admixture calculators (ANR, ENF, WHG etc) appear reasonable and tick all the boxes I look for when considering the value of admixture tools.  The Oracle estimates are another consideration. As the calculator is exposing deep ancestry, and as a whole very little of the group’s paper trail reaches the 1500’s, let alone precedes it, we have no way of determining its precision.  We can, however, look at the population approximations  passed down and across the group’s generations, as well as consistency between estimated regions and estimated regions/populations from other calculators.

Admittedly, I needed to google some of the reference populations to find where to plot them on the map.  Despite the seemingly exotic populations some of our testers received in their estimates, once each 4 population approximation was plotted (and the non-tested parent’s known ancestry taken into account) for the most part each closely related family member plotted within the same general region.

Of course, as always, we must remember admixture calculators are estimates of ancestry, and a work in progress being improved upon as the science and reference samples grow.  They are interesting, and as long as you don’t let unexpected admixture results derail your genetic and genealogical efforts, they can be entertaining.