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From: "Santa Traugott" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA-NEWBIE] ADMIN - Welcome!
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 09:21:35 -0400
I am glad this group is getting off the ground.
I have been learning what I can for the past month or so, and have had my
own MtDNA tested as well as my brother's YDNA and my husband's.
I do have an interest in so-called deep ancestry but also in some more
recent ancestry. To be specific, my maiden name, Algeo, is not a common
one. Family legend gives several origins for this family (which is found
chiefly Scotland, around Glasgow and in northern Ireland). One is that the
family founder came from Italy. Another is that the family is originally
Spanish and came to Ireland via the Spanish Armada. There are also hints
at origins in Greece, ior were we perhaps Arabs, as in AL-Geo.
So one purpose is to try to get enough Algeo lines tested to see if they
converge on a common place of ancestry. Right now, my brother's Y DNA seems
to show Saxon ancestry, which is a result no one expected! I find this
basically to be a lot of fun.
similarly, my mother's ancestors are from Sicily. I had suspected Arab
ancestry, considering that Sicily was occupied by Arabs for some time. Lo
and behold, the maternal MtDNA matches most closely to a woman from the
Netherlands! So that will be a puzzle to chew on for quite some time, as
well as more conventional genealogical sources.
Hope we get a good discussion going ..
----- Original Message -----
From: "Lynne" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 3:06 PM
Subject: [DNA-NEWBIE] ADMIN - Welcome!
> At long last, welcome to the DNA-NEWBIE list!
> The list was created nearly a month ago, but because of technical
> difficulties no one could subscribe (including me!) until recently.
> Seems all of the problems have been fixed, so let's get on with the
> show. ;-)
> A review of the subscriber list seems to indicate we have quite a mix,
> including a few experts on board along with us newbies. I hope you
> experts will help us muddle our way along. For my own sake, please
> speak slowly and use small words. ;-)
> I am definitely a newbie and a no-bie, as in knowing nothing at all
> about genetics in genealogy. The few things I've read have been
> rather technical. I wouldn't be surprised if that's why some are put
> off by the whole idea. Cost is another consideration. This is
> already a fairly expensive hobby. And I really don't know if DNA
> testing can help or not with my research. My main focus is my
> maternal line and I recall reading that only the testing of males can
> really help.
> Really, I don't think anyone can know less about genetic genealogy
> that I do, so I'm looking forward to reading the posts to the list.
> So, that's my story. What's yours? Please post and tell us why you
> joined the list and what you expect to get out of it.
> I look forward to reading your messages!
> Best wishes,
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