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Ashkenazic Non-Jews in Turkey?

Last week I received an email from ATAB, a Turkish-born German who took a genetic test with one of the genetic companies and was not very happy with the results. He was informed that he was 25% Sephardic and 1.8% … Continue reading

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The Kingdom of Armenia and ancient Ashkenaz

In the autumn of 1997 Michael Stone received exciting information from Bishop Abraham Mkrtchyan, 1 Primate of the See of Siwnik of the Armenian Apostolic Church. According to this information, near the village of Eghegis, in the Vayots Dzor region, about 80 … Continue reading

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Population Structure in Irish Travellers

A new study by Gilbert et al. (2017) examines the population structure among Irish Travellers, a small community within Ireland (29,000–40,000 individuals) that have a nomadic history, much like the Bedouins and the Roma (Romani) people. Due to an increased urbanization process the … Continue reading

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The Neanderthals who started World War I

Disclosure: I consult for the DNA Diagnostics Center). The utopian view of genetic genealogy The utopian view of genetic genealogy is that genetic analyses would be perfectly aligned with one’s family tree. This will never happen for many reasons. First, … Continue reading

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Genetic Genealogy through the Ages

The following is based on my talk at RootsTech 2016 sponsored by DNA Diagnostics Center (DDC) (Disclosure: I consult for the company). Genetic genealogy has now celebrated its “Sweet Sixteen” anniversary. Yes, it has been a bit over 16 years … Continue reading

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First ancient Khazar Y chromosomes

The first Khazarian ancient DNA paper has been published in here. The paper was written by Dr.Anatole A. Klyosov and Dr. Tatiana Faleeva and appeared in Advances in Anthropology, an online journal that Klyosov is its chief editor. From my familiarity with … Continue reading

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GPS Origins results for four participants

In the previous post I discussed the results of an Ashkenazic Jew produced by GPS Origins. As more and more people take the GPS Origins ancestry test that my lab built (Disclosure: I consult DDC) and make them public, we have a chance to take … Continue reading

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