I have a side interest in genetic genealogy, for which I am Honorary Research Fellow in Genealogical, Paleographic and Heraldic Studies at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at the University of Strathclyde.
My focus is on recent mutations passed down in the Y chromosome, specifically in the spread of the 6500-year-old R-M269 haplogroup, associated with the spread of proto-Indo-European languages into Europe. Their progeny today make up the majority of British populations today.
I'm pleased to announce that our new book, entitled Tracing your ancestors using DNA: A guide for family historians is available for order on Amazon. Edited by Graham Holton (Strathclyde) and published by Pen and Sword (London), it aims to provide a starting guide and hints to people aiming to use their DNA tests to further their family history.
We are constructing a suite of software that will automatically take raw Y-DNA data from individual testers, and use them to create a haplotree. We are using geographical data from those members, and "molecular clocks" within that data, to reproduce migration patterns across the last 5000 years of human history. Instructions on how to get yourself included.
While this continues, here are some useful pieces of information collected as part of this process:
The Build 37 analysis for R-U106 and R-P312 is now archived in preparation for our Build 38 analysis.
Older versions of these reports include.