Oh grandpa, you’re so unique

When I decided to have my mother’s brother take a Y-DNA test, I was hoping for a large group of matches for his paternal line. I’ve read on Family Tree DNA’s forums that members have hundreds of matches at the Y-12 level, the lowest level of Y-DNA testing.

Grandpa, you gave me a measly three matches and none of the matches carry your surname. So frustrating. But I am hoping that I will get more matches soon from the people who bought the Y-DNA tests during the big sale in late April.

Thanks to buying this DNA test, I have learned that Family Tree DNA has 5,028 customers with Russian ancestral roots in its Y-DNA database. That number is a complete joke compared to the 18,923 customers with Irish ancestral roots in the  database.

So, I don’t know if I will bother upgrading my uncle’s Y-12  to Y-37 to test more markers on his paternal line. I will not likely get any stronger matches now so it will be another waiting game on this DNA test.

My current matches have a strong chance of being related to me in the past 23-29 generations. Those matches are completely impossible to confirm with my family tree or any family tree. An upgrade to the Y-37 DNA test could give me matches eventually to people who are related to me within the past 5-7 generations.

Family Tree DNA is the only company that provides the varied level of paternal line DNA testing. AncestryDNA has stopped selling its Y-DNA tests. 23andMe only gives customers a haplogroup for paternal lines.

Thankfully, the Internet is filled with information on Y-DNA haplogroups because I wouldn’t know what haplogroup R-M17 should mean to me. It sounds as if my grandfather’s roots are very Russian, based on this information.

Here’s a map showing the migration roots of people from my grandfather’s haplogroup. Please click on the image to zoom in.


For the $49 I paid for this test, it has been worth my curiosity. Right now, I am not sure whether it is worth spending another $99 to upgrade to the Y-37 DNA test.