The Iowa DNA Project was formed at the end of November 2014 and is already beginning to paint a picture of Iowan DNA. While the project is for folks who have ancestors who lived in Iowa, or who have collateral lines who lived in Iowa, and our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, we also have members who already have or are in the process of having their mtDNA and YDNA tested.
Some of our project members have roots in Iowa going back almost 200 years. As of February 2015, descendents of settlers from most counties in Iowa are now represented, and this month will see additional results being produced, including those of a descendent of the bulk migration from Lippe, Germany to Allamakee County, Iowa.
New members are always welcome and are of course needed to move the project forward.
A few facts have already begun to present themselves:
- The lowest number of matches any member has is 280
- The highest number of matches any member has is 1350
- Success is often achieved with 2nd-4th cousins or closer. Our members have on average 20 2nd-4th cousins each
- As expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and subclades, with I and its subclades the second most common
- As expected,the most common mtDNA is H and its subcaldes, but there are a variety of other haplogroups also appearing
According to MyOrigins the bulk of project member ancestry is from :
- British Isles
- Western and Central Europe
There is also a moderate representation of ancestry from Southern Europe and Eastern Europe, in that order.
Ancestry also represented but less common, in order, is:
- Northeast Asia
- Finland and Siberia
- Central Asia
- Asia Minor
- Eastern Middle East
- West African
All members are encouraged to upload their raw DNA to Gedmatch to expand their match lists and to take advantage of additional ancestral admixture tools.
To finish, I would like to express my admiration and gratitude that the vast majority of project members have done so much to help themselves make the most of their results by uploading their trees, surnames, and most distant ancestors. Many have also recruited family to test and are joining other projects which will also help them with their research. I wish you all continued success and look forward to working with you in the months ahead.