Date: Tuesday, August 14th, 7:00 pm
Location: MidPointe Library, West Chester
Topic: Y-DNA and Genetic Genealogy
Presenter: Kathy Reed
In the Southwest Ohio DNA Interest Group (SWOHDNA), we have largely focused on autosomal DNA. At our August meeting, we are going to turn our attention to Y-DNA and it's significant impact for the genetic genealogist. Why is Y so important?
- Y-DNA is inherited by males from their fathers, who inherited it from their grandfathers, etc.
- Y-DNA lacks significant recombination making it nearly identical to the Y-chromosome possessed by his many great-grandfathers.
- It can be traced back on the order of thousands of years.
- Men are able to trace their patrilineal lineage, often with a common surname.
- A male passes his Y-DNA only to his male children.
- Women wanting to trace their patrilineal lineage must identify a brother or other relative who is a direct descendant of the common male ancestor.
If you want to have some background on this topic before the meeting, consider reading one or both of these two books:
Submitted by Kathy Reed