News

24 July 2017

Two new close matches to James Sr.’s haplotype have been identified. One is a McDaniel descendant who has a paper trail back to James Sr. He has taken both the Y-DNA111 STR test and the BigY test, which does a massive detailed sequencing of the Y-DNA chromosome to discover possible new/unique SNPs (SNPs define haplogroups). His results indicate that James Sr. is probably in the R-BY18145 haplogroup (Clan Donald’s Haplogroup R1b-P311-P312-Z290-L21-DF13-Z39589-DF49-Z2980-Z2976-DF23-Z2961-M222 ··· Blue Green-Blue subgroup, about half way down the tables). The R-BY18145 haplogroup is a branch of the R-A259 haplogroup, which in turn is a branch of the R-M222 “Northwest Irish/Lowland Scots” haplogroup.

This is interesting because there is research being done to see if there is a link between the R-A259 haplogroup and the Uí Briúin Connachta dynasty of the Connemara/Galway area of Northwest Ireland. What makes this even more interesting is that the second new close match is a McDonough man who has a paper trail back to the Galway area circa the early 1800s. McDonough and spelling variants are associated with the Uí Briúin Seola sept of the Uí Briúin dynasty. This seems to be pointing more and more to James Sr. originating in Northwest Ireland; but nothing is definitive as yet.

18 August 2010

Two members of the known James Sr. descendants who have taken the Deep Clade Y-DNA test have had their haplogroup confirmed as the R-M222 “Northwest Irish/Lowland Scots” haplogroup (Clan Donald’s Haplogroup R1b-P311-P312-Z290-L21-DF13-Z39589-DF49-Z2980-Z2976-DF23-Z2961-M222 ··· Blue Green-Blue subgroup, about half way down the tables). Thus, it seems that James Sr. does indeed belong to this branch of the human family tree. Unfortunately, there are still no Y-DNA haplotype matches with European participants. So James Sr.’s ancestry is still elusive. However, it can now be stated definitively that James Sr. is NOT descended from Immigrant/Lt. Brian McDonald.

28 July 2010

A preliminary Y-DNA67 haplotype for James Sr. has been developed from four male descendants (see the DNA Results page). The paper trail of each of the four men indicates that each individual is descended from a different son of James Sr. This distribution across the four different sons means that any genetic mutation that may have occurred strictly in the descendants of one son will be offset by the descendants of the other sons. Thus, we are confident that a reasonably accurate haplotype for James Sr. has been developed from the limited data set available. Of course, more participants with an equal distribution of descent from one of the five sons would improve the result; especially the addition of samples from descendants of son Redmond.

We are still awaiting confirmation on the R-M222 “Northwest Irish/Lowland Scots” haplogroup determination for James Sr.

10 July 2010

Preliminary Y-DNA STR test results seem to indicate that James Sr. belonged to what was originally dubbed the “Niall of the Nine Hostages” haplogroup (Clan Donald’s Haplogroup R1b-P311-P312-L21-DF13-DF49-S6145-S476-DF23-Z2961-M222 ··· Red-Blue subgroup, about a third of the way down the tables). This particular haplogroup is now more accurately being called the “Northwest Irish/Lowland Scots” haplogroup. For more information, please click here.

If this preliminary result is verified, then it would seem to definitively indicate that James Sr. did NOT descend from the Immigrant/Lt. Brian McDonald family, as Y-DNA test results indicate that Immigrant/Lt. Brian belonged to a different haplogroup — the “Clan Colla” group (Clan Donald’s Haplogroup R1b-P311-P312-Z290-L21-DF13-DF21-Z16267-Z3000-Z3006-Z3008-S953-A938-BY3158 ··· Pale Violet subgroup, less than two-thirds way down the tables). A verified male descendant of Immigrant/Lt. Brian who had the family Bible was tested to determine Immigrant/Lt. Brian’s haplogroup. For more information about “Clan Colla” and how they are NOT closely related to the R-M222 “Northwest Irish/Lowland Scots” haplogroup, please click here.