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Thirtieschild Donating Member (978 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jul-18-10 02:27 PM
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Are any of you working with DNA?
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My 95-year-old uncle ran in the Senior Games last year (won a bronze in the 100-yard-dash for those over 90) and was enrolled in 23andMe - they gave everyone who entered a free membership and free DNA test because they wanted to check genes for longevity. His Y chromome line (father-son-ad infinitim) turned out to very rare for his name (Hall) and place of origin (Britain, probably Scotland or Northern Ireland). The progenitor who settled in Britain was an Ashkenazi Jew or came from North Africa, the Middle East or Southern Europe within the last 500 years. Jewish? Spanish Armada? We'll almost certainly never know, but it adds a degree of anticipation.

The thrilling part of this story is that another Hall in the same area and time (mid 1700s, NC-SC) has the same rare chromosome. I've been stuck on this line for 26 years, and think I may finally break through this particular brick wall. I have paid for a male Hall first cousin to have additional tests at FTDNA - can't really afford it but after 26 years of looking I can't pass an opportunity to confirm or deny.

I've made no progress for 15 years or so, reduced to checking collateral lines and evem looking for the ancestry of aunts-by-marriage, whom I didn't particlarly like. These DNA projects seem like they're opening whole new areas of research. My sister and I joined 23andMe when they had a $99 sale in May. No way we could have afforded it otherwise. She already has her results, I'm waiting for mine.

I'd love to hear about anyone else's experiences. If this has already been discussed I apologize for bringing it up and would appreciate direction to the thread(s).

Thanks. Thirtie's Child the Excited

I'd like to hear about anyone's experiences with these tests.
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