Surname DNA News – May 2014

Posted    Last Modified: May 24, 2014 at 7:36 am
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We have a variety of new topics on the subject of genetic genealogy this month:

Phylogeny tree of 3 descendants from the same man at different points in time.

Phylogeny tree of 3 descendants from the same man at different points in time.

1) Surname DNA Journal has published a new, peer-reviewed article by Joe Flood titled, “Using STRs for Intra-Family Y-DNA Comparisons: Segmenting Markers“.  This article is especially of interest to genealogists trying to use DNA testing to distinguish lineages from a 16th or 17th century ancestor.






2) Surname DNA Journal will again be a virtual exhibitor at the upcoming Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree, June 5 – 8, 2014 in Burbank, California. This event is open to the public and features a DNA Day on Thursday, June 5th. See the Jamboree site at for more information or to register.


Screenshot of NextGenMatch tool for genetic genealogy

Illustration of comparing multiple markers from next-generation DNA test results using the NextGenMatch tool at

3) Exciting new discoveries are being identified with next-generation DNA testing but comparison can be a challenge., one of our sponsors, has created a new tool called NextGenMatch to help genetic genealogists find new mutations dating from the surname era.  The NextGenMatch tool can parse, combine, and compare raw results from multiple vendors (FTDNA, 23andMe, Ancestry, & Britains DNA) and multiple types of tests (STR, Y-SNP, MtDNA, & Autosomal) for a comprehensive, person-centric matching capability. See for a description or the video tutorial at