Roots Genealogy DNA is really active these days
- If you are interested in genetic
genealogy and genetic
anthropology, go here:
and search for "genealogy-dna."
You will call up the archives for Genealogy-DNA, a very nice mailing
list that focuses on hardcore use of genetic testing in genealogy.
There are a lot of posts from people who have actually paid for tests
and are putting the results on the Web. So, if you bought a Family
Tree DNA, Oxford Ancestry or Ancestry test and aren't sure what to do
with the results, this group is a good place to start.
Many of the posts come from people researching ethnically Christian
ancestry, but some come from people researching a group of
Appalachians known as the "Melungeon." It's possible that the
Melungeons are descended from African slaves, but some people say
their ancestors could also include Portuguese, Arab and Jewish
sailors. I guess it's possible that some Jews could turn out to have
distant Melungeon cousins.
In another case, a Christian man with the surname WALKER recently
posted a note stating that his brother had what appeared to be a
distinctively Jewish Y chromosome pattern. His post might be of
special interest to Jewish men with surnames such as WALKER, WALLACE,
WALLACH, etc. (Or, of course, it could be that Mr. Walker will turn
out to be related to Mr. Levi, Mr. Schwartz, or whatever the milkman's
surname happened to be.)