Thursday, 16 April 2009

Ulster's Genetic Roots Revealed

The Ulster Heritage DNA Project continues to grow and now has almost 1,000 families participating. Some trends in the results have been observed.

As expected the majority of the Ulster families are the R1b1b2 haplogroup and its subclades. The group comes in circa 85% at present. The dominate subclade in the group is the R1b1b2a1b5, which includes the Northwest Irish modal, the R1b1b2a1b5b, or as some like to call it the Niall of the Nine Hostages group. Most of the participants classified into the R1b1b2 group have not yet done the necessary subclade tests to determine if they also would be R1b1b2a1b5 group and it is very likely that the majority would test positive to it.

These people are the descendants of Celtic tribal groups indigenous to northern Ireland, Argyll, Aryshire, Wales, and other locations in northern Britain.

The second most numerous group is the I haplogroup and its subclades. Like the R1b1b2 group, there has been a lot of research which has discovered new subclades in the I group. Many of the I sublades have obvious links to the Norse and Norman presence in Ulster, yet there are other I subclades that geneticist believe are indigenous to the British Isles, such as the I2b1a group. It is possible that the I2b1a group represent the very first people in Ulster.

The are also small numbers from a wide variety of haplogroups, C, E, G, J, Q, T, and even two from the rare as hens' teeth, A haplogroup.

More updates to follow as the research produces more information.

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