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    Y Question that doesn't seem to belong in Y Haplogroup forum

    A friend's brother took the FTDNA Y chromosome test. He did not match with anyone who shares his last name (which is of German origin). He matched with several Ukrainians and Russians, plus another American with the last name Smith. Does this mean that there was a Non Paternal Event somewhere in this man's line?

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    When you say matched, if the match is 111 STRs, that may be significant. If it is only 12 STRs, that would not be significant. If the haplogroup is common, such as R1a, the match may not be significant. If it is rare, that might be significant.

    Also, if the German surname is an occupational name, like Schmidt, lack of a match would not be significant.

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    Thank you. I have just sent a message to ask if it was 111 or 12 and the Haplogroup. The last name seems to have been Anglicized: Youngblood.

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    His Haplogroup is R-M512 which, I am guessing, is a mutation of R1a. At 37 markers he had no matches; at 25 he matched with 3 Smiths; and at 12 he matched with the Ukranians/Russians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfie View Post
    His Haplogroup is R-M512 which, I am guessing, is a mutation of R1a.
    Has he joined the R1a Project?

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    No, I don't think he has joined, but I will make the suggestion.
    Thank you.

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    I will drop out at this point. He will get the best advice from Larry Mayka.

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    If he has a FTDNA kit you can get him to use the tip utility to find out how many generations are estimated to be between him and his individual matches. Most of my matches are around 16 generations at 95% confidence, which is about 500 years (30 years / generation), or late 14th century.
    Has he uploaded his results to (the free Y-DNA STR database) Ysearch.org? Other companies used to test Y-DNA and he may have additional matches there.
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