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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Surnames and Associated Counties

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With 441 members and 98 of 99 counties represented, the Iowa DNA Project is continuing to grow.  Each new member increases the likelihood of finding matches and learning more about our ancestors and the settlement of Iowa.  Is your surname represented?  If not, consider joining!  If you don’t already have a Family Finder test at FTDNA but have tested with another company, you may wish to consider transferring your raw data.

Surnames and Associated Counties

  •  Adair: Aspinwall, Bates,Hoisington, Lounsbury, Scott, Sias, Nichols, Stillians/Stillions, Newcomb
  • Adams: Shiffer, Riggle, Henry, Jones, Newcomb, Ankeny, Rogers, Fleharty, Knee, Runge
  • Allamakee: Whalen, Regan, Devine, Laughlin, Danaher, Ryan, Fitzgerald, Born, Dee, O’Conner/Conner,Kruger, Winke, Flage, Henning, Ludeking, Baxter, Butler, Buckley, Ralston,Archibald, Sires, Duff, Speigler, Healy, Brady, Werhan
  • Appanoose: Milburn, Awalt, Morlan, Murphy, Brown, Robinson, Phares, Flowers, Crawford, Martin, Jackson, Gates, Wilcox,Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Richards, Van der Heyden
  • Audubon: Drake, Finch, Burns, Chase, Follmer, Liles, McGuire
  • Benton: Gallup, Dilley, Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Younglove, Hinkle
  • Black Hawk: Belt, Whaylen, Corrigan, O’Neill, Stewart, McNaughton, House, Purdie,Mallett, Richmond, Bates, Robinson, Kerns,Beirschmitt, Duffy, Kane, Forrestal, Burns, Flaherty, Kennedy, Harned, Singer, Robertshaw, Olsen, Jensen,Hansen, Morgensen, Baer, Bender, Buehner, Call,Carpenter, Fuller, Hare, Haun, Meisch,Neisen, DuBois, Kelly
  • Boone: Lyman, Benjamin, Fenn,Harmon, Smith, Miller, Peachey, McGregor,Ballentine
  • Bremer: Harned, Singer, Baer, Bender, Buehner, Call, Carpenter, Fuller, Hare,Haun
  • Buchanan: Leach, Chicken, Grim,Duffy, Kane, Forrestal, McCloskey, Kinney, Clark, Harned, Singer
  • Buena Vista: Jessip, Carney, Marshall, Howard, Dale, Ginn, Taylor,Larson, Johnson,  Lydell
  • Butler:  Bigsby
  • Calhoun: Osborn, Godwin
  • Carroll: Wilkens, Piper, Conner, Wenck, Best, Rabe, Brunen, Wilberding, Grever/Grefer, Willenborg
  • Cass: Scovel, Baker, Gillpatrick, Randles,
  • Cedar: Orcutt, Dutton, Baker,Gaines, Gillpatrick, Randles, Wagner, Knipfer, Mottschall, Follmer, Liles
  • Cerro Gordo:  Hacker
  • Cherokee: Beyer, Schubert, Sorensen,Smith, Larson, Johnson, Lydell, Gengler, Niehus, Foerster, Heinis, Niggeling, Nothem, Engeldinger, Wanderscheid, McCulla
  • Chickasaw: Robinson, Colligan, Pierson/Pearson, Hawkins, Glass, Pangborn
  • Clarke: Sowers, Lee
  • Clay: Ewing, Knee
  • Clayton: Scovel, Cagley, Hulverson/Halverson, Sass, Roth, Kamin, Wilke, Meye, Clark, Weideman/Wedeman, Stevens, Greene, Beckmann, Stutheit, Hempeler, Ewing, Richards
  • Clinton: Berg, Wink/Wienke,Johnson, Halversen, Halverson, Halvorsdatter, Maklebust, Hansen, Johannesdatter,Dossland, Ask, Olson, Carter, Edwards, Hazlett, Whitaker, Coffman, Cunningham, Van Cruijningen, Alcorn, Chase, Hartson, Clark
  • Crawford: Endrulat, Reese, Jahn, Krause, Kutschinski, Wiese, Klaus, Eyer,Neddermeyer
  • Dallas: Hanlon, Brady, Shiffer, Cone, Ballentine, Andersdotter, Jonsson,Curfman, Nichols
  • Davis: Lohrengel, McGachey
  • Decatur: Davis, Newcomer, Lushbaugh, Webster, Roselle, Dale,Marksbury, Higgs, Weable, Anderson,Sly
  • Delaware: Klaus, Clark, Webb, Arnold, Duncan, Field, Alloway, Fuller, Anderson, Rexford, Paddleford, Walker, Cline, Willenborg, Braun
  • Des Moines: Peterson, Childs
  • Dickinson: Guthrie, Lambertus, Franker, McCulla, Nicolas
  • Dubuque: Wentz, Consor, Krueger, Metcalf, Noesen, Nattrass, Robson, Daykin, Hoffmann,Heiter, Pauly, Gloesener, Kayser, Miller/Mueller, Jordan, Singer, Boock, Wilberding, Johanning, Feldmann, Schaupmann, Jasper, Siemes, Tauke, Braun, Kleespies, Albert, Blitsch, Conzett, Jecklin, Mathis, Moser, Osterberger, Schauer, Strauch
  • Emmet: Hansen, McCulla, Allen, Crim, Doyle, Wilson
  • Fayette: Glass, Pangborn, Kappes, Bodensteiner,Vanginderhuyser, Wise, De Temmerman, Georgi, Kern, Amundsen, Kerns,Beirschmitt, McCloskey, Gifford, Johnston, Tope, Mittelstedt, Wroe, Burns/Burnes, Clark, McCann, Houlsworth, Perry, Wait/Waite, Finch, Kuhens/Kuhnes, Ewing, Johnston
  • Floyd: Miller, Klaus, Reed, Stickney
  • Fremont:  Garcia, Enos, Davina
  • Guthrie:  Dilley
  • Grundy: Campbell, Whitehead, Miller
  • Hamilton: Teget, Toedt, Pahl, Wing,Johnson, Dale
  • Hancock:  Nix
  • Hardin: Wing, Johnson, Vinje, Kelsey
  • Harrison:  Kirley, McBride, Davis, Jordan, Lewis, Anderson, Bolte
  • Henry: House, Sample, Shelton, Allen, Billingsley, Malone, Houston
  • Howard: Osborn, Gifford, Cushing,Roberts, McCulla, Johnston
  • Humboldt: Hilbert, Ewing
  • Ida: Beyer, Endrulat, Grell, Haase, Helkenn, Reese, Schubert, Bauer, Meyer,Paustian, Ruhser/Ruser, Schroeder, Sorensen, Wink/Wienke
  • Iowa: Duffy, Burns, Masteller,Gallagher, Burns, Kinney, Murphy, Duggan, Welch
  • Jackson: Berg, Meyer, Wink/Wienke,Johnson, Halversen, Halverson, Halvorsdatter, Maklebust, Hoffmann, Miller/Mueller, Johannesdatter, Naegle, Nagel, Mueller, Carter, Edwards, Zeimet,Winkel, Conzett
  • Jasper: Belt, Hyde, Pahl, Toedt, Holliday, Hickey, Debolt/De Bolt, Ross, Nichols, Weigel, McKlveen
  • Jefferson:  Wygle
  • Johnson: Minnich/Minnick, Lyle,Crossen, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, James,Bigsby, Coffman, Kile
  • Jones: Hanlon, Brady
  • Keokuk: Wilson, Willson, King, Belveal
  • Kossuth: Young, Hilbert, Becker, Richter, Sires
  • Lee: Childs
  • Linn: Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Gaines, Rickert, Richard, Wagner, Poorman,Gates, Wilcox, Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Stevens, Webb, Osterberger
  • Louisa: Johnston, Herron, Ramsey, Smith, Hand, Vanloon
  • Lucas: Stevenson, Coffelt, Vickroy,Welch, Truman, Hickman, Hasting, Davis, Mumford, Cain, McGlothlen, Rodgers,
  • Lyon: Follmer, Liles
  • Madison: Shutt, Black, Cashman, Benedict, Marchel, Wolfe, Peed, Ross, Debolt/DeBolt, Gates, Wilcox, Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman
  • Mahaska: Heberer, Howard, Burke, Conklin, Holliday, Adair, Ives, Lowry,Ferrell, Addis, Adkisson, Zeppernick, Williams, Parr, Hoskinson, Myers, Wymore,James, McMains, Hollingsworth
  • Marion: McCombs, Howard, Godwin, Barr, Wilson, Cashman, Williams, Newman, Childs
  • Marshall: Wantz, Bryant, Brown
  • Mills: Gowdy, Chamberlain, Hambsch, Oestreicher
  • Mitchell: Baker, Gaines, Mackin,Kinney, Gerbig, Decker, Galt, Tretton, Gemaehlich, McCulla
  • Monona: Nepper,Ordway, Ziems, Freerking
  • Montgomery: Lee, Pittman
  • Muscatine: Orcutt, Allen, Kuiper, Heuer, Pasdach, Yeater, Huff, O’Brien,Cain/Kain/Kane, Cashman, Alcorn, Ipock, Yates, Freers,Schreurs, Washburn, Bigsby, Ager, Everett, Follmer, Liles, Fulmer/Fullmer, Kingsbury, Stiles
  • O’Brien: Stewart, Runge
  • Osceola: Hamann, Schubert
  • Page: Nicolson, Teget, Cox, Krey
  • Palo Alto: Williamson
  • Plymouth: Storer, Gengler, Niehus, Foerster, Heinis, Niggeling, Nothem, Engeldinger, Wanderscheid, Wilberding
  • Polk:  Smith, Hanlon, Brady, O’Connell, Wilson,Beatty, Stevenson, Coffelt, Burnett, Scovel, Foutch,Halterman, Boatwright, Davis, Freel, Stewart,Johnson, Warren, Flesher, Deaton, Powell, Freel, Butler, Shiffer, Brooks,Holliday, Lawrence, Cooper, Shutt, Cone, Mason, Baber, Nalley, Higgs, Kirsher,Huggins, Jones, Debolt/De Bolt, Nichols, Klaus, Poorman, Gates, Wilcox, Watson,Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Hendricks, Compton, Giese, Childs, Ewing, Mills, Bowers, Town
  • Pottawattamie:Shanahan, Gallup, Stuart, Dolan, Hale, Davis, Wires, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, Randles, James, Slingerland, Kirley, McBride, Johannsen
  • Poweshiek:Watson, Sebring, Krouskop, Carpenter, Krise
  • Ringgold: Hazen, McCurdy, Carpenter,Humphreys, Cone, Arnold, Thorla, Newman
  • Sac: Schroeder, Masteller,Staton, Ragsdale, Masteller
  • Scott: Conrad, DahlDall/Doll,Frauen, Grell, Haase, Hamann, Helkenn, Reese, Rusch, Steffen, Bauer, Schween,Heckt, Paustian, Ruhser/Ruser, Sorensen, Kivlin, Feeney, Baugh, Collins,Jacobs, Crouch, Wulfe, Brus, Aufdenspring,Murphy, Foley, Ginn, Mills, Jones, Reed, Elshorst, Boock, Eggers, Fendt, Meier, Runge, Tiedje, Parker, Snider, Miller, Herr, Villain,  Moravek, Byers, Finkenhoefer, Traeger, Busch
  • Shelby: Gallup
  • Sioux: Meyn
  • Story: McDowell, Allen, Wing,Page, Hansens, Guddal
  • Taylor: White, Pace, Stephens
  • Tama: Howard, Krise, Boock
  • Union: Krise
  • Van Buren: Downard, Payne, Freel, Miller, Marriott, Shipley, Watt/Watts, Childs, Billingsley
  • Wapello: Ward,Hartshorn, Lowery, Robertson
  • Warren: Stewart,Black, Halterman, Flesher, Turnipseed, Deaton, Freel, Shutt, Cashman, Braucht,Mason, Vickroy, Wiley, Douglas, Williams, Martindale, Pierce, Hasting, Michael,Daugherty, Grant, Davis, Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Flowers, Crawford, Fulmer/Fullmer
  • Washington: Longwell, Jury, Phillips,Deen, Downing, Bradford, Lambert, Story, Carr
  • Wayne:  Hanlon, Jones
  • Webster: Carpenter, Porter, Feeney, Carter, McQuiston, Mabe, Berry, Cackler, Doherty, Coles, Kellum, Stillions,Shiffer, Burrell, Meyn
  • Winnebago:  Forrestal, Dahl, Bolstad, Loberg, Paulson, Moe, Horvei
  • Winneshiek: Dörr/Doerr, Untereiner, Kruger, Winke, Flage, Henning, Ludeking, Buddenberg, Carolan
  • Woodbury: Berg, Wink/Wienke, Storer,Jessip
  • Worth:  Halgrimson, Vold, Turvold, Moe, Horvei

Iowa Surnames and Counties November 2015

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With 390 members, 96 of 99 counties represented and 233 inter-project matches, the Iowa DNA Project has grown tremendously over the last year.  Each new member increases the likelihood of finding matches and learning more about our ancestors and the settlement of Iowa.  Is your surname represented?  If not, consider joining!  If you don’t already have an account at FTDNA but have tested with another company, you might like to consider transferring your raw data.

Counties and Associated Surnames

Adair: Aspinwall, Bates,Hoisington, Lounsbury, Scott, Sias, Nichols, Stillians/Stillions, Newcomb

Adams: Shiffer, Riggle, Henry, Jones, Newcomb, Ankeny, Rogers, Fleharty

Allamakee: Whalen, Regan, Devine, Laughlin, Danaher, Ryan, Fitzgerald, Born, Dee, O’Conner/Conner,Kruger, Winke, Flage, Henning, Ludeking, Baxter, Butler, Buckley, Ralston,Archibald, Sires, Duff, Speigler, Healy, Brady, Werhan

Appanoose: Milburn, Awalt, Morlan, Murphy, Brown, Robinson, Phares, Flowers, Crawford, Martin, Jackson, Gates, Wilcox,Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Richards

Audubon: Drake, Finch

Benton: Gallup, Dilley, Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Younglove, Hinkle

Black Hawk: Belt, Whaylen, Corrigan, O’Neill, Stewart, McNaughton, House, Purdie,Mallett, Richmond, Bates, Robinson, Kerns,Beirschmitt, Duffy, Kane, Forrestal, Burns, Flaherty, Kennedy, Harned, Singer, Robertshaw, Olsen, Jensen,Hansen, Morgensen, Baer, Bender, Buehner, Call,Carpenter, Fuller, Hare, Haun, Meisch,Neisen, DuBois, Kelly

Boone: Lyman, Benjamin, Fenn,Harmon, Smith, Miller, Peachey, McGregor,Ballentine

Bremer: Harned, Singer, Baer, Bender, Buehner, Call, Carpenter, Fuller, Hare,Haun

Buchanan: Leach, Chicken, Grim,Duffy, Kane, Forrestal, McCloskey, Kinney, Clark, Harned, Singer

Buena Vista: Jessip, Carney, Marshall, Howard, Dale, Ginn, Taylor,Larson, Johnson,  Lydell

Butler:  Bigsby

Calhoun: Osborn, Godwin

Carroll: Wilkens, Piper, Conner, Wenck, Best, Rabe, Brunen

Cass: Scovel, Baker, Gillpatrick, Randles, Brown, Bruun, Tobieson, Sandham

Cedar: Orcutt, Dutton, Baker,Gaines, Gillpatrick, Randles, Wagner, Knipfer, Mottschall

Cerro Gordo:  Hacker

Cherokee: Beyer, Schubert, Sorensen,Smith, Larson, Johnson, Lydell, Gengler, Niehus, Foerster, Heinis, Niggeling, Nothem, Engeldinger, Wanderscheid

Chickasaw: Robinson, Colligan, Pierson/Pearson, Hawkins, Glass, Pangborn

Clarke: Sowers, Lee

Clayton: Scovel, Cagley, Hulverson/Halverson, Sass, Roth, Kamin, Wilke, Meye, Clark, Weideman/Wedeman, Stevens, Greene, Beckmann, Stutheit, Hempeler

Clinton: Berg, Wink/Wienke,Johnson, Halversen, Halverson, Halvorsdatter, Maklebust, Hansen, Johannesdatter,Dossland, Ask, Olson, Carter, Edwards, Hazlett, Whitaker, Coffman, Cunningham, Van Cruijningen, Alcorn, Chase, Hartson, Clark

Crawford: Endrulat, Reese, Jahn, Krause, Kutschinski, Wiese, Klaus, Eyer,Neddermeyer

Dallas: Hanlon, Brady, Shiffer, Cone, Ballentine, Andersdotter, Jonsson,Curfman, Nichols

Davis: Lohrengel, McGachey

Decatur: Davis, Newcomer, Lushbaugh, Webster, Roselle, Dale,Marksbury, Higgs, Weable, Anderson,Sly

Delaware: Klaus, Clark, Webb, Arnold, Duncan, Field, Alloway, Fuller, Anderson, Rexford, Paddleford

Des Moines: Peterson

Dickinson: Guthrie, Lambertus, Franker

Dubuque: Wentz, Consor, Krueger, Metcalf, Noesen, Nattrass, Robson, Daykin, Hoffmann,Heiter, Pauly, Gloesener, Kayser, Miller/Mueller, Jordan, Singer

Emmet: Hansen

Fayette: Glass, Pangborn, Kappes, Bodensteiner,Vanginderhuyser, Wise, De Temmerman, Georgi, Kern, Amundsen, Kerns,Beirschmitt, McCloskey, Gifford, Johnston, Tope, Mittelstedt, Wroe, Burns/Burnes, Clark, McCann, Houlsworth, Perry, Wait/Waite, Finch, Kuhens/Kuhnes

Floyd: Miller, Klaus, Reed, Stickney

Fremont:  Garcia, Enos, Davina

Guthrie:  Dilley

Grundy: Campbell, Whitehead, Miller

Hamilton: Teget, Toedt, Pahl, Wing,Johnson, Dale

Hancock:  Nix

Hardin: Wing, Johnson, Vinje, Kelsey

Harrison:  Kirley, McBride, Davis, Jordan, Lewis, Anderson, Bolte

Henry: House, Sample, Shelton,Allen

Howard: Osborn, Gifford, Cushing,Roberts

Humboldt: Hilbert

Ida: Beyer, Endrulat, Grell, Haase, Helkenn, Reese, Schubert, Bauer, Meyer,Paustian, Ruhser/Ruser, Schroeder, Sorensen, Wink/Wienke

Iowa: Duffy, Burns, Masteller,Gallagher, Burns, Kinney, Murphy, Duggan, Welch

Jackson: Berg, Meyer, Wink/Wienke,Johnson, Halversen, Halverson, Halvorsdatter, Maklebust, Hoffmann, Miller/Mueller, Johannesdatter, Naegle, Nagel, Mueller, Carter, Edwards, Zeimet,Winkel

Jasper: Belt, Hyde, Pahl, Toedt, Holliday, Hickey, Debolt/De Bolt, Ross, Nichols, Weigel

Johnson: Minnich/Minnick, Lyle,Crossen, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, James,Bigsby, Coffman, Kile

Jones: Hanlon, Brady

Keokuk: Wilson, Willson, King

Kossuth: Young, Hilbert, Becker, Richter, Sires

Linn: Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Gaines, Rickert, Richard, Wagner, Poorman,Gates, Wilcox, Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Stevens, Webb

Louisa: Johnston, Herron, Ramsey, Smith, Hand, Vanloon

Lucas: Stevenson, Coffelt, Vickroy,Welch, Truman, Hickman, Hasting, Davis, Mumford, Cain, McGlothlen, Rodgers, Avitt, Reed,Springer, Graves, Meadows

Madison: Shutt, Black, Cashman, Benedict, Marchel, Wolfe, Peed, Ross, Debolt/DeBolt, Gates, Wilcox, Watson, Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman

Mahaska: Heberer, Howard, Burke, Conklin, Holliday, Adair, Ives, Lowry,Ferrell, Addis, Adkisson, Zeppernick, Williams, Parr, Hoskinson, Myers, Wymore,James, McMains

Marion: McCombs, Howard, Godwin, Barr, Wilson, Cashman, Williams, Newman

Marshall: Wantz, Bryant, Brown

Mitchell: Baker, Gaines, Mackin,Kinney, Gerbig, Decker, Galt, Tretton, Gemaehlich

Monona: Nepper,Ordway, Ziems, Freerking

Montgomery: Lee, Pittman

Muscatine: Orcutt, Allen, Kuiper, Heuer, Pasdach, Yeater, Huff, O’Brien,Cain/Kain/Kane, Cashman, Alcorn, Ipock, Yates,Freers,Schreurs, Washburn, Bigsby, Ager

O’Brien: Stewart

Osceola: Hamann, Schubert

Page: Nicolson, Teget, Cox, Krey

Plymouth: Storer, Gengler, Niehus, Foerster, Heinis, Niggeling, Nothem, Engeldinger, Wanderscheid

Polk:  Smith, Hanlon, Brady, O’Connell, Wilson,Beatty, Stevenson, Coffelt, Burnett, Scovel, Foutch,Halterman, Boatwright, Davis, Freel, Stewart,Johnson, Warren, Flesher, Deaton, Powell, Freel, Butler, Shiffer, Brooks,Holliday, Lawrence, Cooper, Shutt, Cone, Mason, Baber, Nalley, Higgs, Kirsher,Huggins, Jones, Debolt/De Bolt, Nichols, Klaus, Poorman, Gates, Wilcox, Watson,Zimmerman, Richards, Bowman, Hendricks, Compton, Giese

Pottawattamie:Shanahan, Gallup, Stuart, Dolan, Hale, Davis, Wires, Fitzgerald, McCarthy, Randles, James, Slingerland, Kirley, McBride

Poweshiek:Watson, Sebring, Krouskop, Carpenter, Krise

Ringgold: Hazen, McCurdy, Carpenter,Humphreys, Cone, Arnold, Thorla

Sac: Schroeder, Masteller,Staton, Ragsdale, Masteller

Scott: Conrad, DahlDall/Doll,Frauen, Grell, Haase, Hamann, Helkenn, Reese, Rusch, Steffen, Bauer, Schween,Heckt, Paustian, Ruhser/Ruser, Sorensen, Kivlin, Feeney, Baugh, Collins,Jacobs, Crouch, Wulfe, Brus, Aufdenspring,Murphy, Foley, Ginn, Mills, Jones, Reed, Elshorst

Shelby: Gallup

Sioux: Meyn

Story: McDowell, Allen, Wing,Page, Hansens, Guddal

Taylor: White, Pace, Stephens

Tama: Howard, Krise

Union: Krise

Van Buren: Downard, Payne, Freel, Miller, Marriott, Shipley, Watt/Watts

Wapello: Ward,Hartshorn, Lowery, Robertson

Warren: Stewart,Black, Halterman, Flesher, Turnipseed, Deaton, Freel, Shutt, Cashman, Braucht,Mason, Vickroy, Wiley, Douglas, Williams, Martindale, Pierce, Hasting, Michael,Daugherty, Grant, Davis, Stewart, Cue, Calhoon, Flowers, Crawford

Washington: Longwell, Jury, Phillips,Deen, Downing, Bradford, Lambert, Story, Carr

Wayne:  Hanlon, Jones

Webster:  Carpenter, Porter, Feeney, Carter, McQuiston, Mabe, Berry, Cackler, Doherty, Coles, Kellum, Stillions, Shiffer, Burrell, Meyn

Winnebago: Forrestal

Winneshiek: Dörr/Doerr, Untereiner, Kruger, Winke, Flage, Henning, Ludeking, Buddenberg, Carolan

Woodbury: Berg, Wink/Wienke, Storer,Jessip

Worth:  Halgrimson, Vold, Turvold

Tick Tock…The FTDNA Lab Backlog

Naturally, we’re thrilled when any of the ‘Big 3’  DNA companies offers a sale. If the sale is big enough, like the FTDNA December 2014 sale, the additional strain is going to add to the burden of already busy labs.  Although new matches are wonderful, the flip side of the coin is that frequently, we will also have to wait for those results because of lab delays.

To add to FTDNA’s delay woes, the company that supplied the reagent needed to perform all YDNA 12 marker tests stopped production and caused a serious backlog in processing YDNA.  Although the reagent problem was sorted, and FTDNA hired additional staff to catch up, questions such as, “Batch 599 Delayed by Holidays?” and “For those awaiting Y results” are regular features at the FTDNA Forum.

Although the Iowa DNA Project is focused on Family Finder testing our microcosm of members are, across the board,  active testers.

Pending Lab Results

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As you can see from the Pending Results tables above, several of the Iowa DNA Project members took advantage of the sale and placed orders during December.  Many of them already had samples on file which normally reduces batching time.  As is pointed out in, “Poll/Survey about time frame/delayed results“, people whose tests are coming in on time don’t complain and a number of project member tests have returned on time in January and February and have since been removed from the list.  We hope the lab catches up and keeps churning out or results.  In the meantime, our project has learned:

  • SNP and YDNA upgrades are the most delayed
  • SNP tests from batches 587 and 600 have received no notification or explanation for delay
  • The most overdue test is from batch 587
  • 2 of 4 Family Finder tests have been delayed but have not required new samples
  • Autosomal Tests have been transferring within 5 business days
  • No recently ordered test has completed processing early but several have completed on time
  • Tests have received delay notifications but have had results posted within the week

My FTDNA Family Finder Results are Back. Now What?

You’re ready.  You’ve swabbed your cheek and sent the best sample possible to the lab.  You’ve covered all the basics and prepared your account.  You are aware that ethnicity results may be startling and know how to contact your new cousins.  Finally,  the day has arrived.  Your sample has been batched, processed, passed quality control and the results are in.  Congratulations!

You could be faced with thousands of matches or, if you are from an ethnic group with very few testers in the database, a literal handful.  Most people will have a couple of hundred matches or better and the pages of matches can be overwhelming without a systematic approach.  If you want to make the most of your new matches, it is essential to understand how to use some basic FTDNA tools and some basic genetic genealogy concepts.

Your match list can be accessed from your Welcome Page:

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Once you are notified that your results are ready, you will see everyone you currently match in the entire FTDNA database.

When you open your match list, expand your list to Show Full View.

If you have only taken the Family Finder test, for the time being you can ignore the extra information about haplogroups.  Unless you already understand X inheritance, it is best to also disregard that information for the moment*.

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However, it is Very Good to get into the habit of paying attention to the longest block you share with your matches.  That information can only be seen from the expanded Show Full View setting and is at least as important to your research, if not more so, than your total Shared Centimorgans (cM).

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When you are examining your match list, you will want to start working with matches that you are most closely related to.  FTDNA provides you with several tools to help you sort your matches and determine your relatedness.

Relationship Range will sort your matches by the degree of cousin-ship FTDNA predicts exists between you and your matches.  Shared cM will sort your matches based on the total centimorgans shared between you and your matches.  If you are curious, you may also click the Relationship Range or Shared Cm tools to reverse sort your matches and see those that are most distant.  I have found the relationship predictor to be optimistic.  My 2-4th cousins tend to be 4th cousins.

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There is also a ‘drop down’ list which will also give you access to several sorting tools:

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You can access the Relationship Range, total Shared cM and Longest Block from this drop down list.  Generally speaking, the longer the block, the more likely your relationship is recent (ex: 260 total shared cm and 150 cm longest block).  If you share a high number of total cM but your largest block number is small (ex: 150 total shared cm and 8 cm longest block), your relationship is probably more distant and through multiple shared ancestral lines.

From the drop down list you can also select the Match Date tool.  Each time a new ‘batch’ completes processing at FTDNA, if they match you they will be added to your list.  Make sure you continue checking your match list at least a couple of times a week to see your new additions.

Now that you are familiar with the basic sorting tools, it is time for the fun part.  On the right hand side of your match page, you will see a column marked Ancestral Surnames.

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Since you have already entered your own ancestral surnames (Right? HINT HINT!) you will know what this means.  If your match has also entered their surnames, the names will be listed in this column.  If you are very lucky, they will also have listed ancestral locations.  Even if the name isn’t familiar, the place may be, so check their entire list!  The bolded surnames at the beginning of each entry are names that are either in both of your surname lists, or are similar to a name in your surname list.  You can hover your mouse over the small ‘I’ for a complete list of any match’s surnames.

Fortunately, you do not need to go through all your matches page by page to see if you have names in common.  Simply click on Ancestral Surnames at the top of your match page and enter the name of interest into the box.  Any matches with names that are identical or similar will then be produced for further scrutiny.

By now you have given your match list a good once over:

  • You know which matches share the most DNA with you and are your best leads
  • You know your predicted cousin-ship and have a general idea how many generations back you will need to look in your tree for a common ancestor
  • You know which, if any surnames/locations you have in common with your matches

If your matches have family trees uploaded you can access them by clicking on the tree icons beside their names.

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Once their tree has loaded you can search for both surnames and locations in the search box on the lower right hand side of the tree.  Alternately, or if they don’t have a tree uploaded, you can contact them directly.  Simply click on the envelope beside their name.

Although it is exciting and good fun, genetic genealogy is also tough at first and has a sharp learning curve.  By no means should you be discouraged. It is normal to feel confused until you get your feet under you.  Start with the basics, take your time mastering them, and if your run into problems, ASK!  The genetic genealogy community is nothing if not lively and helpful.  FTDNA has a forum for its users as well as a searchable Learning CenterISOGG has a wealth of information, and of course there are many blogs and Facebook groups on the subject.  Enjoy your new results!

*More information about X Inheritance can be found here.

Contacting Cousins: How to hit a Homer

All right, team, so you’ve checked your new matches and out of the blue you think you have a good one.  Maybe this new cousin will be the one brick that will finally bring the rest of the wall down.  Before you blast off an excited email to your new-found cousin, there are a few points to consider and a few bases you must cover.

First Base

What is a ‘good match’?  Everyone is going to have a different definition of which matches are worth spending their time on. When I open my own match list I make sure it shows the Full View:

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Unless it is an unusual situation, my tree is complete enough to know all of my first and second cousins.  When FTDNA gives me a 2-4th cousin match, I always investigate it as there is a chance that we will be able to figure out how we are related.  As a general rule of thumb, by all means scan all your matches for common surnames and locations, but throw your initial efforts into your closest matches.

Second Base

Identify yourself. You will find that many of your matches tested but don’t deal with their accounts themselves.  They may have tested to help out an interested family member, and often that family member will be your point of contact.  If that is the case, they may be juggling dozens of accounts and they will need both your name and the name of your match.  Sending an email saying, “Hi!  This dna stuff is pretty cool!  How do I know which one of my ancestors is yours?” isn’t going to get you many, if any answers.

If it looks like your match is from another country and English is not their first language, make an effort to communicate anyway.  Maybe you know someone who speaks the language in question who can help you.  If worst comes to worst, write your email in English and then run it through Google Translate and provide both versions.  At least your match will know you tried.

Third Base

Do you have an inkling how you might be connected? Briefly outline that theory to your new cousin and be sure to mention surnames and locations that you think could be important.  Don’t overwhelm them with pages of information, but be sure to hit the high points and offer them more information if they are interested.  For instance, you can point out you already have a tree uploaded at FTDNA or that you are happy to invite them to your tree at Ancestry.  If they don’t yet have a tree at FTDNA, that is also a good time for you to ask if they have a tree they can share with you.

Home run

Now that you’ve run the bases it is time to bring your grand slam home and compose your  message.

  • Make use of your email’s subject heading: “Leona Kern matches three cousins” is not only going to get my attention, but is going to make it easier to find your message when I have more information and want to update you later.
  • Tell them who you are, who you match and what your predicted relationship is
  • Ask them if any of your information is familiar to them
  • Offer them more information if they are interested and request that they share their tree and any ideas they may have with you

An example of a recently sent (and replied to) email with the subject line FTDNA 2-4th Cousin Match G Duffy:

Dear Mr X Y,

I see you match my grandmother G Duffy whose account I manage.  We are researching the names Mackin/McCloskey/Duffy/Burns/Forrestal and Kane.  Our areas are Mayo (Castlebar/Westport area) and the North.  The Duffy and Burns families are from Newtown-Hamilton in Armagh.  I currently am living in Co. Dublin.

Gladys has a tree uploaded at FTDNA and I also have a tree at Ancestry if you would like me to send an invitation.  Do you happen to have a family tree I might view? If any of these names or places are familiar I would love to hear your thoughts.

Look forward to hearing from you.  Hopefully, we will be able to figure out how our trees intersect.

Best,
Lori Alexander for G Duffy

After the Crowd has Roared

Sometimes they’ll reply, and sometimes they won’t.  At least 3 of my matches are deceased, which I discovered via their obituaries.  One account has been taken over by a daughter, and I received a reply from her seven months after my query.  Write the best introductory email you can and be patient.  After all, genealogy, genetic or otherwise is not for the rash.

Even if you don’t see how you relate to your match yet, collaboration is genealogy’s lifeblood.  You may not have all the information you need to connect the dots today, but if you develop a good working relationship with your cousins- after all- they are your cousins!-in time you may find the answers together.  And when they contact you, make sure you reply!  That 8cm 5th to distant cousin match may turn out to be just the one to hit that homer and win the game.