Category archives for DNA

SNPs: Conclusions Abound

NOTE: This post was updated on January 6, 2018, as the mysteries alluded to in the original post and title have been resolved.  Further information about these solutions will be published later in 2018. I knew I shouldn’t have released my end of the year post early, but since all our pending DNA tests are […]

Owston/Ouston DNA Study’s 2017 in Review

Happy New Year and once again we analyze the Owston/Ouston DNA project over the past year.  During 2017, we’ve added 12 new people to the project and grew the number of participants from 49 to 61.  All 61 individuals are either Owstons/Oustons by name or have a confirmed ancestry to the Owston/Ouston family. NEW PARTICIPANTS […]

Happy Seventh DNA Birthday

Facebook tells me that today, August 26, 2017, is the seventh anniversary of the Owston/Ouston Y-DNA project at Family Tree DNA. By the end of 2010, we had a total of five commitments to test. About the same time in August 2010, we set up Cobourg Line Autosomal Project with participants at 23andMe.  At the […]

Owston/Ouston DNA Study’s 2016 in Review

NEW ADDITIONS & UPGRADES Happy New Year.  At the end of each year, we do a review of the Owston/Ouston DNA project during the past 12 months.  During 2016, we grew the project from 40 to 49 participants.  The additions included the following new participants: Cobourg10 (23andMe) Cobourg11 (FTDNA Family Finder) Cobourg12 (FTDNA Family Finder) […]

Family Defining Y-DNA STRs

  Two weeks ago, I addressed the formulation of a plausible family tree that would connect the three genetically related Owston/Ouston families.  Twenty-eight Y-DNA subjects have tested in the project to date. Their delineation by family is listed below: Ganton Family – 4 tested / 4 matching Sherburn Family (not including the Cobourg Line) – […]

Generating a Plausible Family Tree

GENEALOGY Unbeknownst to each other, three genealogists in the 1970s began in earnest to understand the ancestry of folks bearing the Owston/Ouston surname.  While each had his own sphere of specialization and interest, fate and a common zeal for understanding this low-frequency surname brought the trio together in 1990.  We crossed research paths simultaneously. Fairly […]

Owston/Ouston DNA Study’s 2015 in Review

  The year of 2015 has been one of maintenance for the Owston/Ouston DNA project – quite a bit of maintenance that is. While we only added three new people to the project this year, we have taken the Owston/Ouston study to new heights – and those new heights may have added more questions for […]

An Analysis of Fourth Cousins and Other Near Distant Relationships

THE BACKGROUND Since 2010, the Owston/Ouston One Name Study has conducted a two pronged DNA analysis by using Y-DNA and Autosomal DNA (atDNA). Culled from the Y chromosome, Y-DNA is passed from father to son and mutates very slowly. Autosomal DNA (atDNA) is derived from the 22 pairs of human autosomes and has been transmitted […]

Owston DNA Studies: Another F2642 Y-DNA Mutation Reported

This week, it was reported that another individual in the National Geographic Genographic 2.0 project has tested positive for the F2642 Y-DNA mutation.  This is the second known participant in the I1 communities who has tested positive for F2642.  It is interesting to note that his genealogical origins are in France.   This certainly allows for […]

Owston DNA Studies: Ancestry Composition of Three Sets of Siblings

This year’s holiday season started a little early for genetic genealogists, as several items came our way.  In November, Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) announced a two-month long sale that certainly jumpstarted some family projects.  Also in November, the first results from Genographic 2.0 from National Geographic were released to some of the early adopting female […]

Owston DNA Studies: A New Y-DNA Mutation Found in the Owston/Ouston Family

Two weeks ago, a number of the initial males participating in the Geno 2.0 project from National Geographic received their results.  In addition to comparing an individual’s ethnic markers to a control population database, the new test extended its look of Y-DNA SNP markers.  We had an Owston family member participate in this project and […]