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1651Re: My mysterious lineage

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  • J
    Jan 16, 2012
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      Thanks for the great advice, Dave, and I am taking the first two steps and will look into testing more STRs.

      I will be happy with ranking 4th on your wife's list, since I assume you're 3rd!

      Jim

      --- In Ashkenazi-Q@yahoogroups.com, "Dave" <dshoward@...> wrote:
      >
      > Dear Dr. Jim,
      >
      > I found you at FamilyTreeDNA. At 12 markers you match me and 231 other people exactly.
      >
      > As far as I can tell we are 99% Ashkenazi Jewish.
      >
      > I suggest you do the following for your next steps.
      >
      > 1. Join the Jewish_Q surname group at Family Tree DNA.
      > 2. Join the Q Y-DNA group at Family Tree DNA.
      > 3. You need to have more STRs tested. That means going from 12 markers to say 67. This will really reduce the number of exact matches.
      > 4. At this time do not waste your time having SNPs tested. You will get far more interesting information from having STRs tested.
      > 5. If you are interested in your mother's background you might have your mtDNA tested.
      > 6. If you would like to find close relatives in the database then you should join the Family Finder at Family Tree DNA and pay for that test. I think that will replace or include #5.
      > 7. If you are interested in health issues in your DNA then consider being tested at 23andME.com.
      >
      > For sure do steps #1 and #2. They are free. Step #1 will let me help you. Step #2 will let a whole group of interesting people help you.
      >
      > Do not worry about the L245. Your STRs will give you a good idea of your SNPs. You are most likely Q1b1a.
      >
      > Dave Howard
      > Group Administrator for Jewish_Q
      > Moderator of this Group (Ashkenazi-Q)
      >
      > PS We enjoy your posts and there are some very nice, friendly, and helpful people here. Some know 10x more about this stuff than I do.
      >
      > PS My wife thinks Frank Langella is the sexiest man in the world after Sean Connery.
      >
      >
      > --- In Ashkenazi-Q@yahoogroups.com, "J" <jvonschilling@> wrote:
      > >
      > > I just joined this group after finding out via the Genographic Project that I'm in Haplogroup Q - M242.
      > >
      > > The mystery comes from the fact that my father, who died 50 years ago, was most likely an imposter who did a very good job of covering his tracks. He was a "Don Draper" (Mad Men on TV)-type guy, working on Wall Street and living in the suburbs with a wife and kids. He had a Germanic last name and a story about his background that has proven to be very dubious.
      > >
      > > I'm joining this group because of the following:
      > >
      > > (1) It makes sense that he might have been hiding a Jewish background, since other young men from that time (1920s) did the same thing.
      > >
      > > (2) My DYS chart from the Genographic Project is almost a match to one that I found online for Ashkenazi-Q's. The only difference was DYS439 -- I have a value of 12 instead of 16.
      > >
      > > (I also have a DYS385a of 14 and a DYS385b of 16, but there is no listing for those DYS's in the Ashkenazi-Q table I saw online.)
      > >
      > > I realized awhile back that the only clues my Dad seemed to have left me are the ones I carry inside me -- and my DNA, in particular. My facial features are a little unusual -- somewhat like Frank Langella's. If I were in show biz, I could probably play a villain who's Spanish (which is my mom's lineage) or Arabic or Jewish or maybe even Asian -- but not the German that the last name I got from my father would seem to indicate.
      > >
      > > I'm open to suggestions as to how to proceed from here.
      > >
      > > Jim
      > >
      >
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