Thursday, 3 January 2008

Ulster Heritage DNA Project Update January 2008

First some requests:

We ask that you make sure you have your early ancestor data enter on your Family Tree Page. On your Family Tree homepage, click on User Preferences, scroll down toward the bottom of the page until you reach Displaying the Most Distant Known Ancestor; there you can enter the birth data of your earliest ancestor on your Paternal side and his location using longitude and latitude. There is a link in this section that will give you the proper longitude and latitude; all you have to do is enter the closest town that you can place him in. You have to enter the Early Ancestor data for his name to display on the results tables.

Next, please remember to upload all your markers to the Ysearch, many people only have their 25 markers uploaded.

Also, please remember to keep your email contact data on your Family Tree Page current, it is the only way we have to contact you.

We have 446 members in the project now and we are growing by the week. We are very pleased to see the entire spectrum of Ulster folk in the project; we have Antrim Glens men with old Highland and Island links, plenty of native Irish from around Ulster, then a good number of Ulster Scots, and even several old Norman families.

The Results has been interesting, several families have located their kin still living in Ulster, in some cases after nearly 300 years of separation. There are a lot of R1b1c7s turning up as we expected, they are the descendants of Niall of the Nine Hostages, a very dynamic tribal group with originated in east Donegal. One surprise to me is the number of Norse origin men in the project; we will report more on that later as the geneticists are still fine tuning how to tell a Norse haplogroup results from a Friesian or northwest German.

The majority of men who have tested are R1b1c and variations on that. These are men whose ancestors go back to the base Celtic population of the Isles, their stock is older than the hills. We know now that Celtic society developed from the indigenous population rather than the Victorian concept of ‘waves of invaders’ replacing existing populations.

As always if you have questions about the DNA project please write. If you notice errors in the posting of results, please contact us. Jim and I are very busy and it may take awhile to correct found errors, but we will do so.

Also if you have suggestions for links, books, etc., that you feel would help our participants with their research, please send us your suggestions. We now have a book shop on the site with titles of interest to people of Ulster ancestry.

We ask that all participants tell their friends about the project and give your friends the address http://www.ulsterheritage.com/ address.

Many people have contacted us about several of the Ulster family websites, about how to set up one, or develop a clan website. We do offer free hosting to non commercial websites and Jim McKane our webmaster can give you technical advice. You can visit the McCain Clan website to see how one family does it, also in the links you will find several other families that have their own family or clan websites, please take a look at these to gain to ideas and tips.

Many of you have written me of your experiences in finding your relatives or unravelling your family’s history using your DNA results; we would like to have short articles on this topic if any of you would like to take pen in hand. Just write it up on a MS Word doc and send it in to us. Not only is it interesting reading, but will show others how some families use their DNA results.

We are also partial to any good photos of your travels in Ulster.

Other News:

The project has received complimentary emails from some of the top historians that study Ulster History, such as Dr Barry Vann and Dr Michael Montgomery. Their books for sale in our bookshop.

We are going to experiment with putting more news and updates on the UH Blog, which we call the Ulster Heritage Magazine, you can access it from the main web site via several links to it there. We will also add a recommended reading list.

We are looking into the logistics of adding maternal DNA results and we are looking into adding a forum as well.

Jim McKane, our webmaster is on his annual migration from Ontario to Arizona. We all wish him safe travels as the roads are very wintery this week. I will see if I can get him to post a couple of photos of his rig, impressive.

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year

Barry R McCain
Ulster Heritage DNA Project

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