Follow along as I post results and interpretations of various DNA tests conducted on my Palestinian Christian family members. For a condensed version, read the Summary page for key findings. For more in-depth review, the other pages & blog posts will offer detailed and specific information. Use the labels to find posts relating to the Pages above or family surnames. Feel free to contact me at holylanddna@gmail.com. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Geno 2.0 - YSC234 Personal Stories

What we know about my father's direct paternal line, Rishmawi, is that they came from a place called Rishmaya in Lebanon.  From oral history, we believe that Musallam Rishmawi came to Beit Sahour, Palestine in the early 1700s and was adopted into the Ishaq family.  We do not really know if they were native to Lebanon or if they were returning to their homeland in Palestine, but I have strong reasons to believe it is the latter (details coming soon on the Y-dna page).  The specific snp results and the corresponding stories below, show us that this Rishmawi line is not of Ghassanid/Yemenite origin, but the large number of Jews & people from the Caucasus point to an ancient Israelite connection. 

All of these people share the same YSC234 terminal snp as my father does and therefore share a similar ancestry from very, very long ago!  The stories are fascinating and give us a glimpse of where our direct paternal ancestor came from in ancient times.  Be sure to check out the newly completed Paternal Haplogroups page for more information on this topic. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sample Gedmatch Admixture - Dodecad V3

As I continue to work on the pages, I thought I would share a sample ancestral mix for my grandfather. There are many different calculators that show ancestry composition, none are perfectly accurate, but they give a good overall sense of deep ancestry.  I have found that the ones at Gedmatch pull out more ancient ancestry than 23andme does.  Below are my grandfather's results from Dodecad V3 test and the corresponding oracles which show the closest references populations.  For those unfamiliar - the populations closest to 0 are the closest matches.  Everything listed is somewhat close, but the very top one of each category is the closest. This ancestry mix comes from both sides of his family- maternal & paternal lines. More information about reference populations can be found here.

Please note- anything under 1% (in this case Neo African & Northeast Asian) is considered "noise" and not actual ancestry from these areas.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Getting Started

Hello family members & distant cousins!  I decided to start this blog instead of writing a report about my DNA discoveries.  In 2010, my grandfather and great-uncle graciously allowed us to gather saliva samples for Y-dna testing.  This led to others being tested including my father and grandparents at other companies. These past four years I have been researching, connecting with distant cousins, and discussing results with scientists in the field.  Needless to say I have learned a lot and am still learning!  I am slowly adding material to this site, so please keep checking.  Right now, I have the About & Summary pages completed on the tabs above.  If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks for reading along!