As this is my first post of 2014 let me wish Happy New Year to everybody. As you may know I am a member of the R1b-U106 project at Family Tree DNA, as I and the Cheshire group belong to that haplogroup. I just saw an end of year report from the project administrator Charles Moore and thought I might share its salient points. Meanwhile I hope to have my DNA Page and all its contents ready for publication shortly.
The R1b-U106 Project coincidentally ended 2013 with exactly 1600 members.
Of these, 1293, or 80.8%, have upgraded to 67 STR markers, while
570, or 35.6%, have upgraded to 111 STR markers. (this includes me)
With respect to SNPs, 214, or 13.4%, have uploaded National Geographic Geno 2 SNP test results to their FTDNA page, and our Project SNP page.(this includes me)
And 136, or 8.5% of our members, have ordered the new FTDNA Big Y SNP discovery test. (this includes me)
Along with some additional SNP test results from Full Genomes Corp, and the BritainsDNA Chromo 2 test, the Big Y results will bring significant improvement in sub-clading the R1b-U106 Haplogroup. Together with the significant number of STR upgrades, we should generally be able to subgroup most of our members fairly effectively once the pending results arrive.
2013 was a very good year for us with the Geno results, the 111 upgrades, and the revolutionary Full Genomes tests.
2014 is already shaping up to be another good year for progress, with the Big Y results and more 111 upgrades on the way. And I suspect more significant progress behind the scenes as well.
When we are able to effectively subgroup most of our members, we will be in position to really dig into the data, and discern what we can about Mr U106, and his large flock of patrilineal descendants.