May 2015 Quarterly Report

The Iowa DFeatured imageNA Project was formed at the end of November 2014 and this May has reached over 200 members.  The project is ‘geographical’ in nature, and designed for those who have direct ancestors who lived in Iowa, or those who have collateral lines that lived in Iowa. Our focus is on autosomal, aka Family Finder results, but we also have members who have or are in the process of having their mtDNA and YDNA tested.

Key Figures

  • Total Iowa DNA Project Members: 206
  • Family Finder Tests Completed: 179
  • Highest number of database wide matches per member: 1410
  • Lowest number of database wide matches per member: 1
  • Inter-Project Matches: 130
  • Highest number of Inter-Project matches per member: 8*
  • 93 Iowa Counties Represented by members

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*Not including immediate/close matches

Match Quality

The Iowa DNA Project is fortunate to have several family groups included in its membership.  96 members have immediate and close matches. 47 members have 2-3rd cousins. This is especially helpful in determining genealogical connections.  With family groups, it is often possible to immediately determine whether a match is paternal or maternal, or from a grandparent or great-grandparent’s line.  Generally, the closer the match, the easier the connection is to discover.  Success is also often achieved with 2nd-4th cousins or closer.  Our members average 49 2-4th cousins each.

Nuts and Bolts

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

  • Total Iowa Surnames: 505
  • Members with Family Trees:160
  • Members with listed Surnames: 173
  • Members with listed Most Distant Ancestors: 159


Project YDNAAs expected, the most common Y haplogroup is R and its subclades, with I and its subclades the second most common.  12 project members have completed the Big Y test.

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Project mtDNA:  The most common mtDNA continues to be H and its subclades with a variety of other haplogroups also represented. 58 project members have completed Full Mitochondrial Sequencing.

Member Haplogroups:

  • H: 38
  • K: 10
  • T: 9
  • J: 9
  • U:7
  • W: 2

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Declared Countries of YDNA and mtDNA Origin

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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 6989
  • Western and Central European 4179
  • Scandinavian 4061
  • Southern European 866
  • Eastern European 798
  • Finland and Northern Siberia 161
  • Asia Minor 125
  • Eastern Western and Central European 100
  • Central Asia 89
  • West Africa 81
  • Northeast Asia 65
  • Eastern Middle East 53
  • Native American 34
  • Ashkenazi Diaspora 27
  • North African 10
  • East Central Africa 4
  • South-Central Africa  2

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Coming Results:

We are all aware of the delays in test results at FTDNA.  In a previous post, I examined the project’s backlog at FTDNA.  I am happy to report the majority of the tests referenced in the previous post have completed, as well as several Family Finders which were ordered after the post and completed in the expected amount of time.

Currently, we are waiting for 2 kits to be returned to the lab. We have 16 members who have tested their YDNA or mtDNA but have not yet ordered a Family Finder, and 11 kits that have been transferred but not yet unlocked.  From the FTDNA lab, we are waiting for:

  • CTS11767 batch 587 (due 10/23/2014 DELAY NOTE)
  • FMS batch 621 (due 6/17/2015)
  • mtDNA Plus batch 617 (due 5/20/2015)
  • YDNA 37 batch 617 (due 6/17/2015 DELAY NOTE)
  • 2 Big Y batch 620 (due 6/24/1015)
  • FMS batch 605 (due 5/13/2015 DELAY NOTE)
  • FMS batch 617 (due 5/20/2015)
  • G SNP Pack batch 618 (no estimated due date)
  • YDNA 67 batch 608 (due 5/7/2015 DELAY NOTE)
  • SNP Z255 batch 612 (due 4/15/2015)
  • SNP L159 batch 619 (due 6/3/2015)
  • SNP CTS2509 batch 619 (due 6/3/2015)

 Do You have Iowan Roots?

I would once again like to thank the project members for their patience and many efforts over the last few months.  If you would like to join the Iowa DNA Project, please visit our homepage here.  The project has already 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.


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