New U106 Y DNA super panel test

A DNA testing company announced yesterday that they had completely reworked their U106 panel. In terms of male haplogroups,  R1b or M-343 (Same Haplogroup. Old name versus new name) is considered the western modal Haplogroup.  It is the most common male Haplogroup in Europe and by proxy,  the United States. There are two main branches of R1b –  P312 and  U106.  This test will take someone who is  U106+ and then drill all the way down to their terminal subclade for $99. To get that same information,  I spent significantly more money that that.  It is easily the best deal going if you know you are U106. If you take this and you turn up  A11475,  contact me.

Here’s where you can see and order the test.

YSEQ U106 Panel


Loads of kits

Ancestry announced a couple of interesting items today. They have by far the largest database with over 3 million DNA samples on file. They sold 1.4 million DNA kits in the 4th quarter of 2016. They sold over 390,000 more kits in the 4th quarter than they did in all of 2015.

  1. Lastly, over the Thanksgiving weekend sale, they sold 560,000 DNA kits. The vast majority of those have not even finished processing yet. That means folks on Ancestry are about to get 500,000 more matches. I’ll cover more about that in my next post.


Getting started

I’m sure that you’ve seen the commercials about DNA testing and people finding out all sorts of interesting twists about their family. Although it is a dramatization, it does happen. I can guarantee you that if you dig hard enough into your family’s background, you will probably find some skeletons. With the advent of DNA and matching algorithms, people that test find out all sorts of things.

Here’s a positive example. In June of 2016, I was looking for a hobby that I could do while caring for my wife with Alzheimer’s. Since most of genealogy work is done online now, it seemed the perfect fit. My mom had done a bunch of family research back in the 1990s and early 2000s. Heck, our family even had someone make a book about one of our relatives,  George Fisher. That book contained most of the genealogy for my father’s side so I figured I knew most everything already. I was watching a commercial for Ancestry and thought, let’s do this. I ordered kits for my wife and myself. As soon as I did that, I also started an account with Ancestry and started to recreate my family tree.

The first thing I did was add my mom and dad. I noticed this little green leaf thing next to my mom’s name. I clicked on it and I see this –

This was a picture of my mother at 1 year old. The note on the back was written by my grandmother Peggy (Carly Ethyl Clack) to a J.B. & Cleo. I had no idea who they were or who this person was that had this photograph. The note on the back was talking about my mom and asking if they knew if “Harry” was well. Harry was my grandfather (Harry Andrew Austin) and he had disappeared while my grandmother was pregnant. The note was filled with pain and I just had to learn more.

I contacted the person who had posted it and it turns out I have a whole bunch of close family I never knew anything about. My maternal grandfather had a brother James Austin that went by J.B. His son was still alive and he had two adult children. His granddaughter Julie (my 2nd cousin) had scanned that photograph and posted it.

This was a wonderful example of what can happen when you start on this journey. Julie and I have met in person and I’ve talked with her dad numerous times. We’ve grown very close just over the past few months.

Here comes the word of caution. DNA is rigid and unyielding. We may not always get all the answers from DNA we want but generally it doesn’t lie. If you can’t take all the news that comes, both good and bad, then don’t test. You could find out that your parent is not really your parent. You could find out that you’re adopted and were never told. You could find out that members of your family have done things you’d rather not know about. You could find out that you’re the product of rape or incest.

Here’s the bad example. I have a substantial number of DNA matches with people that are mostly African-American. It is clear that a lot of those situations came about due to slavery and my ancestors being slaveholders. It’s not easy to face that truth, but it’s there regardless. The nice thing is that I’ve become friends with a bunch of my cousins as we search for common ancestors and how we became related.

Genealogy and genetics are truth finding exercises. If truth bothers you, I’d suggest matchbook collecting or some other hobby.

You’re still here and reading. I guess I haven’t scared you off…good. My next post, I’ll cover how to get started, how to pick a DNA testing company (if you are going to test) and a neat app that you can download now to give you a sneak peak at what awaits.



Jim “Griz” Adams

fran&jim_adamsMy real name is James Luster Adams Jr. but I’ve gone by Griz for about 40 years. I’m a retired Air Force Officer and pilot. The beautiful woman beside me is my bride of 37 years, the former Frances Ann Mast. Fran was diagnosed at 57 with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease and I’m fortunate to be able to be her full time caregiver.

My mother started me on this genealogical journey. My maternal grandfather disappeared before my mother was born and I believe that fueled her desire to know all about her family. I heard stories from a child as to how we were descended from Pocahontas. I heard stories of ancestors fighting in the American revolution, the War of 1812 and of course the U.S. Civil War. All of this and an Ancestry commercial in June of 2016 led to this site. I’ve been tested at all four autosomal DNA companies and have had numerous other DNA tests including Y 111 Marker, Big Y tests and Mitochondrial done.

My parents were professionals – an Air Force officer and a Civil Engineer. We traveled continuously while I was growing up and I’m certain that has fueled some of my world view. We are all connected and once you get into genetic genealogy, that view is just reinforced. I was born in New Mexico and have lived all over the United States and was fortunate to also live in Germany as a child.

My family history is mostly southern colonial. We had ancestors at Jamestown. My 10th great-grandmother is Princess Matoaka Pocahontas Powhatan. My 9th great-grandparents John Churchill and Hannah Potus were some of the first settlers in Plymouth following the Mayflower landing. Hannah arrived in 1633 and John in 1643.  Their daughter married Thomas Doty, son of Edmund Doty, one of the Mayflower Compact signers.

What this all means is that we’ve been in the United States a long time. Our most recent immigrant ancestor, George Fisher (Georgius Sagics), came to the United States from Hungary around 1800. Almost every other line we have starts in the early 1700s with numerous ones starting in the 1600s. Large southern farming families that have been here since the 1600 and 1700s translates into a ton of matches on Ancestry. As of 2/15/17, I have over 34,000 identified cousins on Ancestry DNA. I mention that because I match a lot of folks and I get a fair amount of requests from people trying to figure out our connection. Here’s all my genealogical info if you’d like to see if we’re related.

  • Ancestry User Name – JamesLAdamsJr
  • Ancestry Tree –
  • Male Haplogroup – R1b->U106->DF96->L1->FGC52382->FGC52379
    • FTDNA U106 Project –
    • FTDNA L1/S21 Project –
    • FTDNA Adams Y DNA Surname Project (Co-Administrator)-
  • Mitochodrial Haplogroup – H1b1-T16362C
  • Paternal  Grandmother Mitochondrial Haplogroup – U5b2a1a1
  • Wife’s Mitochondrial Haplogroup – J1c8
  • Gedmatch Numbers
    • Me
      • A223700 (Ancestry V1)
      • A366822 (Ancestry V2)
      • M280235 (23andMe)
      • T049622 (FTDNA)
    • M300507 (My father James L. Adams Sr.)
    • A242368 (Fran Adams – Ancestry)
    • LL869783 (Lazarus Kit for my sister Pam. 3683 cM. Extremely Accurate)
    • I manage a number of other kits for family members. If you match any of those, use my contact form to get more info.
  • 3rd Great Grandparent surnames –
    • Paternal – Adams, Leopard (Lippert), McRae, McLeod, Terrell, Hilton, Brock, Six (Sixt), Luster, Norell, Nixon, Rawls(Rawles), Davis, Fisher (Sagics), Anderson, Sansing
    • Maternal – Austin, Creech, Lairson(Larison/Larrison), Billingsley, Smith, Berry, Parks, Clack, Wilson, Ramsey, Frazier, Reed, Miller, Harrison, Ireland

If you need to contact me, send an e-mail to

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(There is a dot between Colonial and Family)