This fast ball to the head from Yahoo will cause a slow down on the work in our Gillespie Discussion Group at Yahoo until we all figure out how to navigate our way through this new maze.
Anyway, be forewarned, coming this Fall I will be asking for specific documentation on the first three generations for each Y-DNA kit in our Gillespie DNA Project at Family Tree DNA.
I will also be asking for volunteers from each Gillespie subgroup to be the "go to person" for that subgroup.
If you haven't viewed the COLORIZED Y-DNA RESULTS PAGE at the Gillespie DNA Project at FTDNA in a while, please take a look. During the past two years there has been a huge push for advanced haplogroup SNP testing - that push exploded during the past year. I have done the best I could to stay informed in most of the haplogroup areas that effect our various Gillespie kits. I also spent one year working for the MacKenzie DNA Project to rearrange their subgroups and encourage SNP testing within that project. That push caused me to learn a lot more about Haplgroup R1b L21.
SNP testing is the future of genetic genealogy, so everyone needs to learn as much as they can about the haplogroups and SNPs that affect their own direct ancestral lines. This area of genetic genealogy is moving at lightening speed so the best place to stay informed is to participate in advanced SNP testing, join your kits to the appropriate haplogroup projects and join the online lists for those specific haplogroups/SNPs.
We may not be able to determine the name of the ancestor that is our brick wall, but through SNP testing we may be able to zero in on the geographic area where they began.
The haplotree on your home page provided by FTDNA is woefully out of date - nearly 3 years behind the times. We keep hoping they will upgrade that tree, but for now, the Y-DRAFT TREE shown when you click on ORDER AN ADVANCED TEST, and the Haplogroup tree at ISOGG.ORG is the best trees outside of the up-to-the-minute SNP developments talked about on the discussion lists.
Below is the link to the Gillespie DNA Project COLORIZED Y-DNA RESULTS PAGE. I have reordered the subgroups in the fashion that I have used for larger DNA projects such as the MacKenzie and Dunn DNA Projects. I look to the haplogroup projects themselves for the SNP progression and titles for our Gillespie subgroups.
For subgroups that are used to calling themselves Group 1, 2, 3, 5 & 13, I have added that at the end of the subgroup title line.
The subgroups are ordered to reflect haplogroup SNP test results. I hope this will assist in educating everyone about the different haplogroups and the specific SNPs involved and how the SNPs progress from "upstream" to "downstream." We should strive to determine the most downstream, up-to-date SNP for kits in each haplogroup.
Connie McKenzie - Gillespie DNA Project Volunteer Admin