Briar Patch Research

Genealogy, History, and other Fictional Pursuits.

November 22, 2017:   TALK to them...

For once, this is a genealogical rant, and NOT a political one.  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day in the US, a chance for families and friends to get together, talk and maybe eat a bit too much.  Maybe.

Holidays are your prime chance to get the answers to family history questions like who is really related to who, where everyone lived, and the tiny, intimate details of everyday life that might bore YOU to tears, but will be fascinating to YOUR grandchildren.  Maybe you can even convince some of the Older Ones to take a genetic test... there are lots of tear-jerking reality TV shows that may have softened them up a bit.

You will hate yourself later if you let this chance pass you by.  With luck, genealogy will be less controversial than politics.

​Regardless of ANYTHING else, Happy Thanksgiving to All!

2015.07.22  Too hot...


Since it is just too hot for metalworking in what passes for my shop, I have been getting a case of screenburn on my ongoing genetic genealogy project.  This is a refreshing change, as all my vital records leads are stone-cold.

I started through back in 2003, and have taken everything available right now, y-111. BigY, yFull, the Mitochondrial DNA Full Scan, the aDNA Family Finder and Geno2, plus a bunch of smaller tests and refinements as they became either useful for me, or to refine a clade-branching for someone else.  This is a fast-evolving field, and it is exciting to watch the cutting edge at work.

What is it about people who go through the expense and inconvenience of taking the tests, if they aren’t going to actually share information?  Or even answer eMails?  I am on a very slim set on limbs, being H7D2A matrilineal, the smallest subgroup of the largest European haplogroup.  My sub-group seems to have split in Ireland, with no clue as to when.  So far, the 4 other H7D2As seem not to look in their mailboxes. 

Depending on what nomenclature you prefer, my male line is I2A3* Alpine, L233- or  CTS595, all under M-438.  My “time to most common remote ancestor” (TMCRA) for anyone tested on the male line is… 7,800 years.  My very-distant genetic relations are scattered all over Europe, which makes sense since we seemingly were among the first in-country, prior to the last Ice Age.  Many seem to share a gene for frugality, at least when it comes to spending money on DNA tests.  Hint, hint.

Oh.  Yeah.  According to the GENO2 tests I am 2.3% Neanderthal, 1.9% Denisovan.

The cost adds up, but the tests are far less expensive than they were back at the start.  IF you have any interest in genealogy, or deep history, I urge you to get tested by a reputable firm, and make your results accessible.  There is a lot of exciting work being done by both the professionals and a large cadre of highly-skilled “citizen-scientists” that are helping to rewrite history.  As always, more data is needed.