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  • At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries

    12/04/2013 12:31:08 PM PST · by Theoria · 45 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04 Dec 2013 | Carl Zimmer
    Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans’ biological history. But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries. In a paper in the journal Nature, scientists reported Wednesday that they had retrieved ancient human DNA from a fossil dating back about 400,000 years, shattering the previous record of 100,000 years. The fossil, a thigh bone found in Spain, had previously seemed to many experts to belong to a forerunner of Neanderthals. But its DNA tells a very different story. It most closely resembles DNA from an enigmatic lineage of humans known as Denisovans....
  • Irish surnames explained - the meaning behind the top ten clan names

    11/23/2013 6:58:14 AM PST · by NYer · 72 replies
    Irish Central ^ | November 19, 2013 | ANTOINETTE KELLY
    Irish and Irish-Americans alike tend to be immensely proud of their surnames. Many a Irish family proudly declare their Irish roots by displaying the crest of their clan in their homes. But which last names win in the battle of Irishness? IrishCentral took a look at the list of the most common surnames in Ireland in order to come up with a top 10 list. Smith and Murray are two of the most common, but one is of British origins and the other’s Scottish, so they didn’t make the cut. Here are the 10 most Irish last names: 1....
  • The map that shows where America came from: ...the ancestry of EVERY county in the US

    09/29/2013 10:57:42 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 184 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/01/2013 | Jessica Jerreat
    Census data shows heritage of 317 million modern Americans Clusters show where immigrants from different nations chose to settle Largest ancestry grouping in the nation are of German descent with almost 50 million people African American or Black is the second largest grouping with just over 40 million people Almost 20 million people claim to have 'American' ancestry for political reasons and because they are unsure of their family's genealogy 49,206,934 Germans By far the largest ancestral group, stretching from coast to coast across 21st century America is German, with 49,206,934 people. The peak immigration for Germans was in the...
  • Guide to American Presidents GEORGE WASHINGTON 1732-99 [GW's English Ancestry]

    06/18/2013 8:25:00 PM PDT · by Pharmboy · 20 replies
    Burke's Peerage ^ | Unknown | Anon.
    1st PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 1789-97 FAMILY ESSAY "Washington came of very good blood - aw, quite good - I b'lieve." Attributed by his classmates to Amory Blaine in F. Scott Fitzgerald's This Side of Paradise. The Washingtons are of unusual antiquity in European terms, let alone American ones. A direct male ancestry has been traced back to William de Wessington or Wessyngton (i.e., Washington, a town in Tyne and Wear, formerly County Durham, in northern England), who was living in the late 12th century. The remoter ancestry is not absolutely certain but a detailed argument has...
  • President Obama related to country’s first enslaved man

    07/31/2012 12:41:59 PM PDT · by TopDeadCenter · 92 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 31-July-2012 | Claudine Zap
    A study from Ancestry.com has determined that President Obama is related to John Punch, the first black African enslaved for life in America--which would make Punch the 11th great-grandfather of Obama. The connection is made through Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunhan. The website's records say she had ancestors who were white landowners in Colonial Virginia who descended from an African man, Punch. According to the site's press release, Punch tried to escape indentured servitude in colonial Virginia in 1640 and was punished by becoming enslaved for life. The records show that Punch had children with a white woman, and her...
  • (Cherokee women) Activists Seek to Reignite Debate Over Elizabeth Warren's Ancestry

    06/21/2012 4:08:06 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/21/12 | Meghan Kiesel
    Activists Seek to Reignite Debate Over Elizabeth Warren's AncestryBy Meghan Kiesel | ABC OTUS News – 3 hrs ago Despite Republican attempts to turn Elizabeth Warren's Cherokee heritage - or lack thereof - into a campaign issue, her self-identification with the tribe despite a 1/32 share of ancestry has not affected her standing in opinion polls. A recent Boston Globe poll suggested more than 70 percent of voters said the controversy wouldn't affect their vote. That hasn't stopped a small but committed group of Cherokee women from dogging Warren on the campaign trail, irked that she has called herself Cherokee....
  • Ancestry of polar bears traced to Ireland

    07/07/2011 12:36:25 PM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies
    Penn State ^ | July 7, 2011 | Unknown
    An international team of scientists has discovered that the female ancestor of all living polar bears was a brown bear that lived in the vicinity of present-day Britain and Ireland just prior to the peak of the last ice age -- 20,000 to 50,000 years ago. Beth Shapiro, the Shaffer Associate Professor of Biology at Penn State University and one of the team's leaders, explained that climate changes affecting the North Atlantic ice sheet probably gave rise to periodic overlaps in bear habitats. These overlaps then led to hybridization, or interbreeding -- an event that caused maternal DNA from brown...
  • St. Patrick's Day surprise: Study finds relatives who share Obama's Irish ancestry; some kin unhappy

    03/17/2011 7:01:30 AM PDT · by maggief · 149 replies
    NYDailyNews ^ | March 17, 2011 | Philip Caulfield
    A new study claims that President Obama has 28 living relatives who share his Irish ancestry, but some of the newly discovered kin aren't eager to share a pint with him. In the study, released to The Associated Press by family history website Ancestry.com, genealogists traced the descendants of about two dozen passengers who came to America from Ireland on the ship Marmion in March 1850.
  • Biological anthropologists question claims for human ancestry

    02/18/2011 12:46:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | 02/17/2011
    "Too simple" and "not so fast" suggest biological anthropologists from the George Washington University and New York University about the origins of human ancestry. In the upcoming issue of the journal Nature, the anthropologists question the claims that several prominent fossil discoveries made in the last decade are our human ancestors. Instead, the authors offer a more nuanced explanation of the fossils' place in the Tree of Life. They conclude that instead of being our ancestors the fossils more likely belong to extinct distant cousins. "Don't get me wrong, these are all important finds," said co-author Bernard Wood, University Professor...
  • What the census can teach us about ourselves (ALL private info released after 72 yrs)

    01/11/2011 6:23:23 PM PST · by Innovative · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | Jan. 11, 2010 | Thom Patterson
    Easy online access to census forms allows millions of Americans to learn more about themselves and their histories. Basic population statistics are released soon after each census is tabulated. However, for privacy protection, documents with names and personal details of respondents aren't released for 72 years. But as family historians know, it's the personal fragments garnered from census documents that tell the most dramatic stories of American life. The personal census documents also name occupations of adults in each household. The personal census data shows whether the head of household owned a home or rented. The amount of rent or...
  • Genetic testing raises an age-old question — are the Jews a people, or a religion?

    06/13/2010 3:38:27 AM PDT · by Scanian · 199 replies · 2,202+ views
    NY Post ^ | June 13, 2010 | MAYRAV SAAR
    Two new genome studies of Jews worldwide prove that the Jewish people — long called the “People of the Book,” the “Chosen People” or, in unkind circles, “those people” — are, indeed, a people after all. The first study, by researchers at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, found that Jews across the globe share distinct genetic traits that are different from other groups and that trace back to the ancient Middle East. Researchers say the study, published in the American Journal of Human Genetics, puts to rest age-old questions about whether Jews are a group...
  • Do You Know Who Your Ancestors Are?

    05/14/2010 11:54:44 AM PDT · by American Quilter · 151 replies · 1,681+ views
    American Quilter | May 14, 2010 | American Quilter
    Now that so many ancestry records have been digitized, it's amazingly easy to start tracing your family tree. I'd never done it, but I watched this season's TV show, "Who Do You Think You Are?", and they kept referring to ancestry.com. So on a whim a few weeks ago I logged onto that site , and I've been amazed at what I've found. My mother's father's mother's family line goes back into the late 1400s in France, via many generations of French Canadians--who knew??? One of my dad's grandfathers came to the US to escape the Potato Famine in Ireland,...
  • Genetic study clarifies African and African-American ancestry

    12/21/2009 12:41:48 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 20 replies · 1,735+ views
    University of Pennsylvania ^ | 21-Dec-2009 | Jordan Reese
    The University of PennsylvaniaSarah Tishkoff, professor in the departments of genetics and biology at University of Pennsylvania, is collecting samples in Africa. Collaboration by University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University PHILADELPHIA –- People who identify as African-American may be as little as 1 percent West African or as much as 99 percent, just one finding of a large-scale, genome-wide study of African and African-American ancestry released today. An international research team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University has collected and analyzed genotype data from 365 African-Americans, 203 people from 12 West African populations and...
  • Indian ancestry revealed

    09/23/2009 5:45:59 PM PDT · by BGHater · 64 replies · 4,635+ views
    Nature News ^ | 23 Sep 2009 | Elie Dolgin
    The mixing of two distinct lineages led to most modern-day Indians. The population of India was founded on two ancient groups that are as genetically distinct from each other as they are from other Asians, according to the largest DNA survey of Indian heritage to date. Nowadays, however, most Indians are a genetic hotchpotch of both ancestries, despite the populous nation's highly stratified social structure. "All Indians are pretty similar," says Chris Tyler-Smith, a genome researcher at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute near Cambridge, UK, who was not involved in the study. "The population subdivision has not had a dominating...
  • Harvard Professor Gates Is Half-Irish, Related to Cop Who Arrested Him

    07/29/2009 11:29:14 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 28 replies · 1,078+ views
    abcnews ^ | July 28, 2009 | NIALL O'DOWD
    Henry Louis Gates Jr., the black professor at the center of the racial story involving his arrest outside his Harvard University-owned house, has spoken proudly of his Irish roots. Strangely enough, he and the Cambridge, Mass., police officer who arrested him, Sgt. James Crowley, both trace their ancestry back to the legendary Niall of the Nine Hostages. In a PBS series on African-American ancestry that he hosted in 2008, Gates discovered his Irish roots when he found he was descended from an Irish immigrant and a slave girl. He went to Trinity College in Dublin to have his DNA analyzed....
  • Ancestry hunters' bonanza as London records go online

    03/26/2009 1:32:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 24 replies · 1,231+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 3/26/09 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Some 77 million documents dating from the 16th to the 20th centuries and including the ancestors of David Beckham and Britney Spears are to go online, under a service launched Thursday. The archives from the London Historical Records feature details of around 165 million of the British capital's citizens over the centuries, including head of state Oliver Cromwell and poet William Blake. Around 250,000 records are currently available, with all 77 million uploaded by 2011. The final collection will include parish and workhouse records, electoral rolls, wills, land tax records and school reports. Tracing the family history...
  • DNA can reveal ancestors' lies and secrets

    01/18/2009 3:36:53 AM PST · by decimon · 71 replies · 1,613+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Jan. 18, 2008 | Alan Zarembo
    In a search for their ancestors, more than 140 people with variations of the last name Kincaid have taken DNA tests and shared their results on the Internet. They have found war heroes, sailors and survivors of the Irish potato famine. They have also stumbled upon bastards, liars and two-timers. Much of it is ancient history, long-dead ancestors whose dalliances are part of the intrigue of amateur genealogy. But sometimes the findings strike closer to home.
  • Is WILLIAM OKOYO ONYANGO a cousin of Obama?

    11/03/2008 8:09:19 PM PST · by steve0 · 8 replies · 400+ views
    I am researching Obama's family tree on http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=assuntac&id=I95248 and ancestry. I am trying to determine if an individual is a cousin of his. Does anyone know where I can get an accurate complete family tree on the mysterious one?
  • Adoptees Use DNA To Find Surname

    06/19/2008 3:18:26 PM PDT · by blam · 57+ views
    BBC ^ | 6-19-2008 | Paul Rincon
    Adoptees use DNA to find surname By Paul Rincon Science reporter, BBC News The tests read a number of genetic markers on the Y chromosome Male adoptees are using consumer DNA tests to predict the surnames carried by their biological fathers, the BBC has learned. They are using the fact that men who share a surname sometimes have genetic likenesses too. By searching DNA databases for other males with genetic markers matching their own, adoptees can check if these men also share a last name. This can provide the likely surname of an adoptee's biological father. The genetic similarities between...
  • Scientists Reshape Y Chromosome Haplogroup Tree Gaining New Insights Into Human Ancestry

    04/03/2008 5:37:54 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 293+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-3-2008 | Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
    Scientists Reshape Y Chromosome Haplogroup Tree Gaining New Insights Into Human Ancestry ScienceDaily (Apr. 3, 2008) — The Y chromosome retains a remarkable record of human ancestry, since it is passed directly from father to son. In an article published in Genome Research scientists have utilized recently described genetic variations on the part of the Y chromosome that does not undergo recombination to significantly update and refine the Y chromosome haplogroup tree. Human cells contain 23 pairs of chromosomes: 22 pairs of autosomes, and one pair of sex chromosomes. Females carry a pair of X chromosomes that can swap, or...
  • New Genomics Software Infers Ancestry With High Accuracy

    03/27/2008 3:10:50 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 683+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-27-2008 | Stanford University
    New Genomics Software Infers Ancestry With High Accuracy ScienceDaily (Mar. 27, 2008) — Some people may know where their ancestors lived 10 or 20 generations ago, but the rest of us can learn our distant biological heritage only from our DNA. New genomics analysis software developed by computer scientists at Stanford appears far more adept than prior methods at unraveling the ancestry of individuals. A new paper describes the HAPAA system, which takes its name from "hapa," the Hawaiian word for someone of mixed ancestry. Going back 20 generations the software can identify what continent or broad global region an...
  • Britain May Abolish Ancestry Visa

    02/21/2008 6:25:05 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 400+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-21-2008 | Philip Johnston
    Britain may abolish ancestry visa By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 7:59pm GMT 21/02/2008 Britain is proposing to sever its historic ties to tens of thousands of Commonwealth nationals who have an automatic right through descent to live and work here. The small print of this week’s Home Office green paper charting new pathways to citizenship suggests the ancestry visa might be abolished. The visa enables people aged 17 or over whose grandparents were born in the UK to come for four years and eventually apply to stay. It is used mainly by young Australians, New Zealanders and...
  • Myths Of British Ancestry

    09/28/2007 7:42:35 AM PDT · by blam · 87 replies · 140+ views
    Prospect ^ | 10-2006 | Stephen Oppenheimer
    Myths of British ancestry October 2006Stephen Oppenheimer Everything you know about British and Irish ancestry is wrong. Our ancestors were Basques, not Celts. The Celts were not wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons, in fact neither had much impact on the genetic stock of these islands The fact that the British and the Irish both live on islands gives them a misleading sense of security about their unique historical identities. But do we really know who we are, where we come from and what defines the nature of our genetic and cultural heritage? Who are and were the Scots, the Welsh,...
  • John Hurt Admits Sadness At His Faked Irish Ancestry

    09/12/2007 2:34:22 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 1,638+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-12-2007 | Tom Peterkin
    John Hurt admits sadness at his faked Irish ancestry By Tom Peterkin, Ireland Correspondent Last Updated: 2:56am BST 12/09/2007 For years the actor John Hurt took great pride in his Irish aristocratic ancestry, believing that his great-grandmother was the illegitimate child of the Marquis of Sligo. Actor John Hurt admitted that his lack of Irish blood was a great disappointment Much to his disappointment, genealogists have discovered that his Irishness was nothing more than a family myth, perhaps created to give the family tree a spurious link to the upper class. Instead it appears that his family hails from Croydon,...
  • New Method Can Reveal Ancestry Of All Genes Across Many Different Genomes

    09/12/2007 2:25:56 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 484+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 9-11-2007 | Massachusetts Institute Of Technology
    Source: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology Date: September 11, 2007 New Method Can Reveal Ancestry Of All Genes Across Many Different Genomes Science Daily — The wheels of evolution turn on genetic innovation -- new genes with new functions appear, allowing organisms to grow and adapt in new ways. But deciphering the history of how and when various genes appeared, for any organism, has been a difficult and largely intractable task. A scanning electron micrograph of one of the seventeen fungal species analyzed in the study. (Credit: Image courtesy / Janice Carr, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Now a team...
  • Surnames That Reveal Pirate Ancestry

    08/16/2007 6:47:43 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies · 2,452+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 8-17-2007 | Nick Britten
    Surnames that reveal Pirate ancestry By Nick Britten Last Updated: 1:34am BST 17/08/2007 With all that pillaging and looting, it could be one of the bloodiest reunions in history when descendants of six of Britain's famous pirates are invited to a get-together. People with the surnames Morgan, Rackham, Bonny, Read, Kidd or Teach, are being invited to discover possible connections with the likes of Blackbeard and Calico Jack, in a series of events by English Heritage. Dressing as a sea dog is optional. Proving your lineage with a real-life buccaneer, however, may prove difficult. Abigail Baker, of the genealogy research...
  • Lithuanian and Latvian languages are not Slavic and not Balto-Slavic.

    07/26/2007 12:19:22 PM PDT · by Dievas · 19 replies · 434+ views
    Lithuanian and Latvian languages are not Slavic and not Balto-Slavic. I made a deep esearch and I can say that both Baltic languages are definitely not Slavic, not even close, and neither Balto-Slavic. They should be separated into a very early separation branch similar to Armenian. There are very few Slavic-sounding words in both Baltic languages and those words were borrowed in near modern times. All other words (99,999999%) in both Baltic languages don't even remind of any Slavic language. There are words that sound Arabic, Franco, Latin, Greek, even English and Italiamn and even Pacific, but very few Slavic...
  • From DNA Analysis, Clues to a Single Australian Migration

    05/10/2007 10:35:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 739+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 8, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Geneticists re-examining the first settlement of Australia and Papua-New Guinea by modern humans have concluded that the two islands were reached some 50,000 years ago by a single group of people who remained in substantial or total isolation until recent times. The finding, if upheld, would undermine assumptions that there have been subsequent waves of migration into Australia. Analyzing old and new samples of Aborigine DNA, which are hard to obtain because of governmental restrictions, the geneticists developed a detailed picture of the aborigines’ ancestry, as reflected in their Y chromosomes, found just in men, and their mitochondrial DNA, a...
  • Indian said to be first in line to lost French throne

    03/05/2007 5:22:41 AM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 44 replies · 840+ views
    ZeeNews ^ | 04 March 2007 | ZeeNews
    Balthazar Napolean de Bourbon, a jovial Indian lawyer and part-time farmer settled in Bhopal, has been told that he is the first in line to the lost French throne. According to media reports, "Bourbon may soon make his first trip to Paris, after he was visited by a relative of Prince Philip, who told him that he is the first in line to the lost French throne." This Indian father of three is being feted as the long-lost descendant of the Bourbon kings who ruled France from the 16th century to the French revolution. A distant cousin of Louis XVI...
  • Cherokees eject slave descendants

    03/04/2007 5:53:01 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 126 replies · 2,988+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 4, 2007
    Descendancy stems from the 19th Century Dawes Commission lists Members of the Cherokee Nation of native Americans have voted to revoke tribal citizenship for descendants of black slaves the Cherokees once owned.A total of 76.6% voted to amend the tribal constitution to limit citizenship to "blood" tribe members. Supporters said only the Cherokees had the right to determine tribal members. Opponents said the amendment was racist and aimed at preventing those with African-American heritage from gaining tribal revenue and government funding. The Cherokee Nation has 250,000 to 270,000 members, second only to the Navajo. 'Right to vote' The list...
  • Native American Populations Share Gene Signature

    02/14/2007 10:58:14 AM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 1,281+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2-14-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Native American populations share gene signature 00:01 14 February 2007 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi A distinctive, repeating sequence of DNA found in people living at the eastern edge of Russia is also widespread among Native Americans, according to a new study. The finding lends support to the idea that Native Americans descended from a common founding population that lived near the Bering land bridge for some time. Kari Schroeder at the University of California in Davis, US, and colleagues sampled the genes from various populations around the globe, including two at the eastern edge of Siberia, 53 elsewhere in...
  • Curious About Your Genealogical Origins? UA Can Help Trace Them

    01/02/2007 9:54:46 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,523+ views
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | 12-26-2006 | Dan Sorenson
    Curious about your genealogical origins? UA can help trace them By Dan Sorenson arizona daily star Tucson, Arizona | Published: 12.26.2006 Human history is unfolding one cheek swab at a time in a cluttered, windowless laboratory deep in the University of Arizona's Biological Sciences West Building. Although geneticists and anthropologists long ago determined that we all have origins in Africa, there is much to be learned from our DNA about where we went from there. A cast of about 30 undergraduate UA biology students, technicians and the lab manager deftly dance around one another in the cramped space, like waiters...
  • Yorkshire clan linked to Africa

    01/24/2007 3:19:12 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 10 replies · 736+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, January 24, 2007
    People of African origin have lived in Britain for centuries, according to genetic evidence. A Leicester University study found that seven men with a rare Yorkshire surname carry a genetic signature previously found only in people of African origin. The men seem to have shared a common ancestor in the 18th Century, but the African DNA lineage they carry may have reached Britain centuries earlier. The connection was found to date back many generations Details of the study appear in the European Journal of Human Genetics. The scientists declined to disclose the men's surname in order to protect their...
  • Historic passenger lists of ships go online

    01/10/2007 5:42:42 AM PST · by 7thson · 42 replies · 1,336+ views
    Yahoo!News ^ | Tue Jan 9, 7:11 PM ET | Matthew Jones
    LONDON (Reuters) - People looking to track ancestors who emigrated from British ports will from Wednesday be able to search online passenger lists of the ships that carried them to new lands. Released by Britain's National Archives, the passenger manifests give an insight into all long-distance trips made by 30 million travelers from the country's ports between 1890 and 1960, including that of the Titanic which sank in 1912.
  • Seeking Ancestry in DNA Ties Uncovered by Tests

    04/12/2006 3:07:14 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 1,220+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2006 | AMY HARMON
    Alan Moldawer's adopted twins, Matt and Andrew, had always thought of themselves as white. But when it came time for them to apply to college last year, Mr. Moldawer thought it might be worth investigating the origins of their slightly tan-tinted skin, with a new DNA kit that he had heard could determine an individual's genetic ancestry. The results, designating the boys 9 percent Native American and 11 percent northern African, arrived too late for the admissions process. But Mr. Moldawer, a business executive in Silver Spring, Md., says they could be useful in obtaining financial aid. "Naturally when you're...
  • The Great DNA Hunt (Genetic archaeology)

    02/25/2006 9:58:16 PM PST · by restornu · 22 replies · 873+ views
    Archaeological Institute of America ^ | Volume 49 Number 5, September/October 1996 | by Tabitha M. Powledge and Mark Rose
    DNA can be used to understand the evolution of modern humans, trace migrations of people, identify individuals, and determine the origins of domestic plants and animals. DNA analysis, as one scholar put it, is "the greatest archaeological excavation of all time." Because ancient DNA molecules are normally so few and fragmented, and preserved soft tissues so rare, scientists had little hope of finding and analyzing it. But two breakthroughs have made this possible: the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), a method for copying any fragment of DNA, and the successful recovery of DNA from preserved hard tissues, bones and teeth, that...
  • Personal qus: British/Irish ancestry among Americans, Canadians, and Australians?

    02/23/2006 2:44:29 PM PST · by NZerFromHK · 65 replies · 1,006+ views
    24 February 2006 | NZerFromHK
    Does anyone have a summary of what proportions of Americans with British and Irish ancestry? I'm currently looking at the data for New Zealand and I note that in the 2001 Census, it was recorded 75% of all New Zealanders have majority British/Irish ancestry, and 5% have European ancestry from outside Britain and/or Ireland. Maori comprises 14.7% and Pacific Islanders 6.5%. The definition of British/Irish ancestry that I use is: anyone who has 50% or more ancestral blood who came from what we call the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland today. In addition, does anyone have a comparable...
  • European Faces Reflect Stone Age Ancestry, Study Says

    02/14/2006 3:31:25 PM PST · by blam · 60 replies · 1,283+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 12-20-2005 | James Owens
    European Faces Reflect Stone Age Ancestry, Study Says James Owen for National Geographic News December 20, 2005Europeans inherit their looks from Stone Age hunters, new research suggests. Scientists studied ancient skeletons from Scandinavia to North Africa and Greece, comparing ancient and modern facial features. Their analysis suggests modern Europeans are closely related and descended from prehistoric indigenous peoples. Later Neolithic settlers—notably immigrants who introduced farming from the Near East some 7,500 years ago—contributed little to how Europeans look today, the researchers add. The scientists described their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online Early Edition. The...
  • Americanism by Franklin D. Roosevelt

    02/08/2006 11:30:43 PM PST · by Exton1 · 9 replies · 526+ views
    Absolute astronomy ^ | 1940's | Franklin D. Roosevelt.
    "No loyal citizen of the United States should be denied the democratic right to exercise the responsibilities of his citizenship, regardless of his ancestry. The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry."
  • Find Your Paternal-Line Relatives With Y-Chromosome Matches On Line

    12/30/2005 4:07:34 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 43 replies · 667+ views
    If you know your Y-chromosome markers, enter them in the spaces provided in the drop-down menus and it will trace paternal line names and likely countries of origin. Three names popped up in my likely ancestry: Nickle (USA and Scotland), Rogers (USA) and Mahoney (USA). Here is my Place/Time Analysis: Important notes: A match close to 100% for a given time period does not necessarily mean that your paternal-line ancestor lived in that country at that time, only that the closest match in the SMGF database had a paternal-line ancestor living in that place and time. In general, the above...
  • Statistics About Arab Descendants in the USA

    12/04/2005 10:24:15 AM PST · by Dont_Tread_On_Me_888 · 81 replies · 1,544+ views
    The United States population of those who identify themselves as from Arab ancestry rose a huge 40% since 1980. Median income for Arab-American households is $5,000 greater than the national average. Mean income is 8% higher than the national average. More than 40% of US citizens of Arab descent have a bachelor's degree or higher versus 24% for the US national average. The percent of those with a post-graduate degree is nearly 100% greater than the national average. The median age of the Arab population was 33, and ranged from 27 for those who said their ancestry was "Arab" or...
  • Why You Need To Know The Scots-Irish

    10/03/2004 10:04:28 AM PDT · by LNewman · 213 replies · 3,745+ views
    Parade Magazine ^ | October 3, 2004 | James Webb
    One of the most powerful cultural forces shaping America, they've produced great Presidents, soldiers, inventors, actors and writers. But, as a group, they've remained unvisible. The time has come to change that, says the author. snip ... The Scots-Irish are a fiercely independent, individualist people. It goes against their grain to think collectively. But, as America rushes forward into yet another redefinition of itself, the contributions of the Scots-Irish are too great to remain invisible. My culture needs to reclaim itself-stop letting others define, mock and even use it-and is so doing regain its power to shape the direction of...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • DNA Study Traces Ancient Ancestry Of Europeans

    02/22/2004 5:00:24 PM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 366+ views
    CNN.com ^ | 11-10-2000
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Four out of five men in Europe share a common male ancestor who lived as a hunter on a wild continent some 40,000 years ago, researchers say.</p> <p>In a study appearing Friday in the journal Science, researchers say an analysis of a pattern found in the Y chromosome taken from 1,007 men from 25 places in Europe shows that about 80 percent of Europeans arose from the Paleolithic people who first migrated to Europe.</p>
  • DNA helps unscramble the puzzles of ancestry

    08/03/2003 5:43:41 PM PDT · by farmfriend · 35 replies · 711+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | August 3, 2003 | Stephen Magagnini
    <p>Almost from the time he was old enough to read the "whites only" signs on department stores in Montgomery, Ala., Ulysses Moore has been on a quest. Where did I come from? he wondered.</p> <p>He knew he was more than just a "colored" child of the segregated South, that his legacy extended beyond the slave ships that brought 12 million Africans across the Atlantic. Was he descended from Shaka Zulu or the great Mandinka warriors, or the builders of the ancient world's greatest library in Egypt?</p>
  • Family Tree: Teaching Children Their Heritage (Parenting Week)

    06/18/2003 5:59:13 AM PDT · by RockBassCreek · 9 replies · 594+ views
    ABCNews.com ^ | Jun 13
    And that leads Good Morning America's parenting contributor Ann Pleshette Murphy to her second Murphy's Law: Thou Shalt Give Them Roots. Albert Dehart Washington III, who also goes by DD Washington, is learning from Albert Dehart Washington I, a grandfather who is wisely following Murphy's edict. Freed Slave Gave Family Name "My family originated in Dinwoodie County in Virginia and we can trace the family back to 1808," Washington told his grandson. "My great-great grandfather? Well, he was a slave, and he changed his name to Washington after he was freed." Connecting with their family's past not only helps children...
  • Fewer Americans Remember Ancestry

    06/07/2002 5:45:23 PM PDT · by GeneD · 13 replies · 263+ views
    wire.ap.org ^ | 6/7/02 | Genaro C. Armas
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation of immigrants is again reshaping its identity. While Hispanic immigration surged in the 1990s, new census figures show a decline in the number of people identifying themselves as Irish, German and other European ancestries. More people are simply calling themselves ``American.'' ``When I was younger, my parents explained that you are an American citizen but your heritage was from Ireland,'' said Jim Donohue, a New York City investment banker who has dual citizenship. Some of Donohue's ancestors came to America as early as the 1860s. While he has grown closer to his Irish roots in...