In a recent blog post (https://blog.familytreedna.com/2019-review-of-big-y/), FTDNA touted the success of their Big Y-700 test by summarizing the results. Big Y-700 is a NGS test that identifies high quality Y-SNPs, which results in building out the Block Tree (a graphical representation combining Y-SNP mutations from ancient times to the present together with membership groupings who share those SNPs).
According to the blog, the test in 2019 resulted in:
38% increase in haplotree branches (haplogroups to which you can be assigned)
63% increase in haplotree variants (the building blocks of the tree)
Over 211K new previously undiscovered high quality Big Y-700 FT SNPs
The PSHG contributed to the data with 4 Full Members and 4 Associate Members ordering tests. Thanks to the test results, we have identified our fourth Y-SNP unique to the PSHG Full Members, a new Haplogroup for an Associate Member Branch, and several Private Variant or Direct Paternal Lineage SNPs.
Coming off the success of the new product, FTNDA announced that the 2019 Holiday pricing was becoming the new regular prices.
It is not yet clear whether these regular prices will get slashed again during their normal sales periods, historically:
National DNA Day in April Father’s Day in June Summer in August/September Thanksgiving in November Holiday in December
If you are a PSHG Full Member who has taken Y-111, the $239 price upgrade to Big Y cannot be beat. One way FTDNA was able to reduce the price was to make the data-packed raw file sold separately. Contact an Admin if you’re interested in joining the Big Y wave in 2020.
While this website is primarily focused on the Goals of the Peter Staple Heritage Group, sometimes we get distracted. A necessary component of Genetic Genealogy is of course Genealogy, where it’s easy to spend time diving down the other (non-paternal) branches of the family tree. In fact, many people may get their first interest in genealogy by that Ancestry.com commercial or the hand written scroll given to you by your uncle.
Side Study blog posts will serve as general information related to genealogy – not specifically to the study of Y-DNA. They may be personal lessons learned along the way, methods to push us to acting more like professional genealogists, or interesting discoveries.
In the end, genetic genealogy teaches us that it’s all related. There are things to learn in the practice of genealogy that will be helpful when studying genetic genealogy.
Have you come across something interesting that could help others? Want to contribute your own Side Study? Comment below!
You may be aware that a new European Union Regulation related to General Data Protection (referred to as GDPR) goes into affect on Friday, May 25, 2018. I have done my best to analyze the PSHG Group Administrative functions with respect to GDPR and presented the findings, along with some changes that have already taken place, and some more changes that will come to the PSHG Membership.
In general, I believe the PSHG’s risk level of being non-compliant or facing any kind of penalty for non-compliance is very, very low. The EU has aimed GDPR directly at big companies like Facebook, Google, etc. to comply or face financial risk. However, companies like Ancestry and FTDNA must also comply since they service European Union Citizens (and for the sake of this topic, the UK has it’s own similar legislation and is so far covered under the EU). The protections offered by GDPR are manageable for a small group like ours and make common sense. For example, you have a right to know what personal information is held by group administrators and you have a right to be forgotten (data removed). While most of the membership are American Citizens (and not directly impacted by GDPR), we do have, and continue to seek and welcome EU/UK potential cousins in order to further the goals of the PSHG. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that we make some minor adjustments and do our best to comply with GDPR.
The report sent to PSHG Members included more information about GDPR and what the PSHG has done and will do to prepare:
The Admins of the PSHG wish you and yours a Happy New Year!
As holidays and family celebrations wind down, we transition back into our normal routines – and maybe add a goal or two for the new year. Now is a good opportunity to reflect on the Group’s Goals and consider ways to progress.
Continue to locate [distant] cousins of the three sons of Peter Staple: Peter Jr., John and James…
…and cousins in England…
…who will help identify the location of his ancestral home.
Goal #1 – The group currently has 13 Full Members, 2 Full Members on the Memorial Honor Roll, 3 Associate Members, and two potential members currently in the application process.
Goal #2 – To date, we have not been able to locate any cousins in England who are related to the PSHG in the surname era. This is one goal that will require some effort. PSHG Members – New Ideas are welcome! Contact an Admin.
Goal #3 – This is our Holy Grail and remains just as elusive.
I’m excited to announce some new Pages to the PSHG web site! I’ve just launched the ‘Ancestral Account‘ page – starting with Art’s presentation of what we know about Peter Staple. I hope to add more Ancestor (or even Descendant) profile pages over the course of 2018. The pages are intended to be dual purpose: 1) add some stories (based on genealogical facts) that give life to our Ancestors (always welcome since the study of genetic genealogy can get a little dry), and 2) increase the PSHG presence on the web. The more content that can be found via web searches, the greater chance of success we have in advancing in all three goals.
I hope you enjoy the new pages and the additional dimension it brings to the site. If you have interesting, fact-based stories on the descendants of Peter Staple, please Comment below or contact an admin!
FamilyTreeDNA.com made a couple of announcements this past week.
First, a new sign in page. You shouldn’t notice any difference in behavior. For Project Administrators it clarifies that either a Kit Number or GAP Username can be used to login. If you have a bookmark or favorite saved, you might need to update it to: https://www.familytreedna.com/sign-in
There were also some changes to their Password settings:
The Password Reset will send a link to the kit’s primary email address. If you have any issues with this, contact an administrator.
While the password qualification still between 5 – 25 characters, passwords are now case sensitive.
The second announcement came in a new product offer – “R1b-M343 & M269v2 Backbone SNP Pack”. Since PSHG members belong to the upstream haplogroup R1b-M343 (which includes R-M269) you may have received an email about about the new product. Since PSHG members first test for the downstream SNPs FGC13609/FGC13605, this new SNP pack will probably not provide you any benefit.
For members interested in their SNPs downstream from FGC13609/FGC13605, the BigY test is recommended.
PSHG Members will have already ordered the Y111 test – so Y37, Y67, SNP Backbone, and SNP Packs may not be of much interest. However, if you’re interested in your SNPs downstream of FGC13609 and FGC13609, now is a great time to order the BigY! I heard it reported from others that the BigY test has never been this cheap without a coupon code.
Stock up on Family Finder for Autosomal DNA testing or mtFull Sequence for mitochondrial DNA testing. Rumor has it that AncestryDNA (autosomal) tests will also be on sale, but I have not seen this yet (US market).
Don’t miss this one. We’ll have to wait and see if there will be sales around Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, late Summer, and Christmas.
Measuring a member’s Y-STR111 results against the PSHG Modal Haplotype provides clues for how DNA has mutated among the different member branches. This basic analysis depends on the property mentioned above, slowly occurring mutations. But what happens when DNA is changed by external forces like scientific advancements in gene replacement, or from prolonged time in outer space? What’s the effect on the results of autosomal or Y-DNA tests that we are familiar with today?
These articles don’t address the questions from a genetic genealogy perspective; but, I couldn’t help wonder – and think about the future.