The Challenges of Jewish DNA testing

By Kitty Munson Cooper
Blogging at blog.kittycooper.com

blog.kittycooper.com/dna-testing/dna-basics

Where to Test? See blog.kittycooper.com/dna-testing/
  • Family Tree DNA only place for Y test, has projects,
  • 23andme gives health results
  • Ancestry.com is least likely to have matches for recent immigrants

Diagrams from the NIH http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov

Y Haplogroups

Jewish Y Haplogroups: J1c3, J2a cohanim
R1a1 most Levites
E1a1 is frequent
Others: various J subgroups, T1, and E1

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_studies_of_Jewish_origins

Sample Y DNA STR results for 37 markers

Jewish E haplogroup Family Tree DNA project

Mitochondria

Jewish mtDNA Haplogroups:
K1a9 and N1b2

others are European

Inheritance from 8 g-grandparents, courtesy of Angie Bush
Admixture of a 100% Ashkenazi person from GEDmatch.com

Aunt Shaindel is found!

larasgenealogy.blogspot.com

Above, results in my family, see also this paper
academia.edu/7236789/Why_Autosomal_DNA_Test_Results_Are_Significantly_Different_for_Ashkenazi_Jews

Match to a known Ashkenazi 3rd cousin

Comparison to a Norwegian 3rd cousin

Kitty's Guidelines for Jewish DNA Matches

  • At least one segment > 20 cM
  • Another segment > 10 cM
  • Several more good sized segments
Relationship Chart from ISOGG wiki at: isogg.org/wiki/Autosomal_DNA_statistics

Israel Pickholtz documents his extensive family DNA project

He blogs at allmyforeparents.blogspot.com/

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By Kitty Cooper

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