Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Genetic Communities

Prior to the release of Ancestry's new genetic communities, Blaine Bettinger posted the following in the Facebook group, Genetic Genealogy Tips and Techniques:

What are your two largest cluster predictions? Don’t list every possible cluster, just list two (2) probable clusters where the largest number of your relatives were located in 1800-1850 or so.

Even though I've already looked at the genetic communities associated with my DNA, I decided to take the time to study my paper research to see what it would indicate.

To help with that 'study' I decided to re-create the 'Where were they born?' spreadsheet. I extended the spreadsheet to a sixth generation. For the most part, this sixth generation catches people born in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Current evidence indicates that my New Brunswick, Canada branch is actually loyalists from New York. Evidence also suggests that almost all of my New York lines go back to early New England. Thus, I'm going to predict that I have a genetic community that expands out of New England. (on both my mom's and my dad's side of my tree)

A lot of my other branches go across Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. A couple of these lines migrate into these areas from Maryland while others venture thru Kentucky and lead back to Virginia. Thus, I'm going to predict a genetic community associated with the Ohio River Valley.

Even though, it was suggested to only pick two genetic communities, I'm going to propose a third one: North Carolina.

So -- how do my predictions stack up against my Ancestry Genetic Communities?