Hi Jan: Were the DNA tests you discussed the Y-DNA tests? I got the idea that you were treating the then-current DNA makeup of certain of these european families based on a Y-DNA indication. The Y-DNA chromosome is useful to determine the point of origin of a male family line--it remains generally unchanged over thousands of years. But since each new generation is a 50/50 mix of the DNA of the father and the mother, it may have little to do with the DNA of descendants of that early ancestor. The Y-DNA haplogroups known as the "Megolithic Farmers" (those migrating around 8,000 b.c., from the area around Syria bringing farming skills to the hunter-gatherers in Europe) began marrying into the european population to the end that the 10th generation they may well have been nearly identical to the DNA of main-line europeans. In any event, they would not have been recognizable as people of Arab, etc. stock in the 18th century. Forgive me if I failed to understgand your statement, but the distinction is important to the analysis. I sure appreciate the depth of your research and value your information.
original father. virtually unchanged
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