Having your DNA tested for deep ancestry consists of having the DNA of one or both of your sex chromosomes analyzed for the purpose of acquiring information about the travelings of your ancient ancestors. A male has a male and female (Y and X) sex chromosome which have different DNA while a female has two female (X and X) sex chromosomes which have identical DNA. To determine deep ancestry information for your paternal ancestors the DNA of your Y chromosome is tested and to determine deep ancestry information for your maternal ancestors the DNA of your X chromosome is tested. Of course females don't have a Y chromosome to test but testing the Y chromosome DNA of a brother, for example, would provide them with deep ancestry information for their paternal ancestors. The results of testing the Y DNA are used to establish probable routes taken by your paternal ancestors from their origin in Africa to relatively recent locations and the results of testing the X DNA are used to establish the same for your maternal ancestors. In order to learn about the probable routes taken by my ancestors I decided to have the DNA of both my Y and X chromosomes tested by taking part in the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society. It affords the testing on an anonymous basis without requiring participation in the project. However, so far almost 581.000 people have participated on either an anonymous or known basis.
There were no major surprises in my case. I knew my father's side to be Ukrainian (Lemko) and my mother's Italian. The paternal results revealed a probable and fairly direct route to Ukraine while the maternal a probable, although indirect, route to Italy going down into it after going up to the Baltic Sea.
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Participating in the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society involves, on an anonymous or known basis, allowing NG to use the results of your deep ancestry DNA testing and family history information to attempt to more thoroughly associate genetic markers with locations. This is in order that it might better establish the historical story of settlements and migrations of ancient as well as more recent peoples. However, participation is voluntary. That is, NG will perform the deep ancestry testing on an anonymous basis for interested persons without requiring their results nor family history information to be used in the Project. NG will also test your non-deep-ancestry DNA as well as the amount of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA you have.
To participate in the Genographic Project or just have your DNA tested by NG click on the link below:
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What a great idea to discuss here, I was thinking about this exactly, just a couple of days ago. I don't have the money to spend on at the moment, but I've been wanting to do it for a while. One hesitation... since the testing is anonymous... you are not concerned about posting your IDs in public?
I think there are other agencies who also do testing, more specific testing, looking for particular genetic markers. It would be a nice idea to list them on the group intro page, and their purpose, as we find them :)
I wonder if because of a climate cycle change that the Ukraine region became a hub.
The new dichotomy there is disgusting.
re: Paternal update... Very cool John, thanks :)
I look forward to eyeballing more results!
I'm especially curious to compare these lines to those of North America's First Nations.
PS, when I looked into reading the details of the various "red dots" in the timeline, I got French descriptions instead of English, was that your case too?
Of course mine is set to English, everything else is in English...
Where I get French is by doing this:
-Click red dot called Great Leap Forward (third from bottom)
-Within new window select stone tool image
-Nat Geo info bubble is in English, but the image describing the tools is in French...
Do you get to the same location?
PS... same happens with the red dot: animal domestication, the actual individual animals are in French! :) How about you?