Recently I have jumped into the world of genetealogy. That is DNA genealogy research. My second cousin, Marshall, offered to take the YDNA test through familytreeDNA. The results were kind of surprising. When my husband took the same YDNA test he got pages and pages of matches, when I took the autosomal DNA test I also received pages and pages of matches. I had come to expect it from the entry level dna tests. You have to upgrade tests to narrow down matches. The entry level YDNA test matches 12 markers on a DNA strand, you can then upgrade to 25, 37, 47, and on. For each level you should get less and less matches but it should narrow down your matches to closer relations. So you should expect to get quite a few matches with an entry level test.
So back to Marshall Tracy’s YDNA-12 test results. He had 7 matches! That is 7 matches total, not pages! I am a rookie at this DNA research but even I knew something was up with that. I reached out via email to the Tracey Surname project administrator, and a few other researchers. Thankfully, the project administrator, Declan, got back to me pretty quickly and here is what he had to say:
“I had a look at the results and you are right that there are very few matches, which for 12 markers is very unusual. I see that you are upgrading to 25 markers but I think that this will not change the number of matches.
Your cousin belongs to an unusual group of individuals that are Rb1 and have the DYS392=11 mutation. There is one person who lives in DubIin Ireland, but he thinks that his family are descended from the English family [see Tracy Peerage Case]. This is what I wrote a number of years ago:
In the ancient Irish genealogies of the Uí Bairrche tribe, the Uí Treasaich and Mac Gormáin families belonged to the royal family and were related. Some members of the Tracy and Gorman DNA Projects contain a very rare mutation, DYS392=11. According to Seán MacGorman Powell, the Gorman Project Administrator, after a careful analyses of all DYS392=11 mutation bearers in every major geographical DNA project examined, he identified a total of 79 people worldwide within the R1b haplogroup (and subclades) who bear this mutation. Considering that tens of thousands of R1b people have been tested, it is clear that this represents an extremely rare mutation for R1b, occurring in less than one-half of one percent (< 0.5%) of that major haplogroup. As such, this may be a strong indication of a DNA relationship and may explain the reference to “Macraith, son of Gorman, son of Treasach” in the Annals of the Four Masters for the year 1042 AD. Seán has also compared the Gormans and Tracys who have the DYS392=11 mutation and in his opinion, there is no relation between the two groups outside of the mutation.”
So our Tracey branch is part of a very small DNA group of Tracey’s and Gorman’s. Knowing this, I’d like to find some other Teague Tracey descendants that have taken the Y-DNA test and compare results and also some Tracey’s still living in Ireland and/or England. I did notice that of those seven matches several of them listed their paternal ancestor and it was one that I believe was a descendant of Teague – I still need to confirm these. There were also two from the UK – one from Edenfield, England and one from Ireland but those two had different surnames…curious.? My goal is to find where our Tracey line was transported from way back in 1679 (or before). And DNA may be able to get me where records alone could not.