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From: mtDNA H Project <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder Test
Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 17:25:55 -0500
What a high resolution autosomal test like Family Finder can do for a
group of people who almost match through Y-DNA67 tests is narrow the
time to a common ancestor.
For example a 65/67 marker match may still be 16 generations or so
back. If the two people take an autosomal test then it will tell them
if they are 1st, 2nd... 5th, distant, or too distant to detect
This lets you focus on researching the traditional records of those
Y-DNA matches who have a chance of being related in the last five
I think that that will indirectly help with what you are talking
about. I know that Dr. Doug McDonald is also working on detecting
population structure in the Scottish Clans using autosomal tests.
On Sat, Mar 27, 2010 at 1:36 PM, Elizabeth Bennett <> wrote:
> I'm sorry if I was unclear. I do not assume that if autosomal results show a relationship that it is in the paternal line. IF there is an autosomal relationship and IF they are assumed to be cousins in the paternal line, CAN these results be used to group Y DNA results in smaller groups within a large one. If you look at the R1a network charts on the Clan Donald DNA page there are not many clusters.
> Clan Donald has at least one chief who was Donald Gorm; Donald the blue eyed so I have exchanged information on eye colour and height with some of my father's matches.
>> Date: Sat, 27 Mar 2010 12:42:58 -0400
>> Subject: Re: [DNA] Family Finder Test
>> Elizabeth wrote:
>> > If autosomal results could indicates cousins of some degree and they
>> > are assumed to be cousins through their paternal lines, can these
>> > results be used to group Y DNA test results in smaller group within
>> > a large one to help develop a phylogenetic tree? It is not a case
>> > of one of the other autosomal or Y-DNA but can they be used in
>> > combination.
>> Here's an example of autosomal results indicating cousins of some
>> degree: eye color. It's quite true that, all else being equal, the
>> blue-eyed testees are more closely related to each other than they
>> are to the brown-eyed testees, and vice versa. We could certainly
>> gather data on the eye color (or blood group) of our project members
>> and use those data to form clusters by simply assuming the relationship
>> to be on the paternal side. However, there is no justification for
>> that assumption. The same is true of Family Finder.
>> Sometimes, I think that genetic genealogy (as practiced heretofore) has
>> been a serious setback to genealogy as a whole. GG has fostered a very
>> unhealthy "shorthand" notation that refers to people being "not at all
>> related" when the truth is that they merely have very different Y
>> chromosomes. For example, if my own maternal grandfather were alive
>> today and joined the Chandler DNA project because he heard me talking
>> enthusiastically about it, the results would show that "we are not at
>> all related" in the terminology of genetic genealogy. And yet a
>> Family Finder or 23andMe test would reveal that we share something like
>> 1/4 of our DNA -- perhaps even more. The key here is that autosomal
>> testing carries the same criteria for relationships as in traditional
>> genealogy, but the range of detection is strictly limited by the rapid
>> fall-off of consanguinity (factor of 2 for each generation up the tree
>> to a common ancestor and for each generation back down the other branch).
>> When you step over from haploid genealogy to diploid, it is necessary to
>> shed the shorthand and get back to thinking more like a traditional
>> John Chandler
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