Saturday, 26 March 2016


I have been intrigued by the recent publication of many DNA sequences extracted from ancient human and other hominim remains unearthed and preserved by archaeologists.  I am particularly taken by the fact that there appear to be small amounts of  Neandertal and Denisovan DNA in many living people, and I am even more impressed that small bits of DNA in skeletal remains from many thousands of years ago can still be identified in living individuals today.

Last year I discovered that it is possible to download and convert these published sequences to the forms used by many genealogy testing companies.  Following the lead of Felix Immanuel, I have uploaded a number of these to, where they are available for comparison with the kits of today's genealogy testing individuals.  They will not appear in a one-to-many match, but can be used for a one-to-many match.


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  2. i share dna with rathlin 3
    Largest segment = 3.8 cM
    Total of segments > 1 cM = 20.7 cM
    11 matching segments

  3. Hi, I found a match with Rathlin 1, on three Chr. 1,3, and 4. Centimorgans just 3.4, 3.6, 3.4. Fascinating!

  4. My husband and I both match Rathlin 1.
    He matches Chr 12 @ 2.3cent.
    I match Chr 12 4.6cent and Chr 15 2.5cent
    My husbands DNA comes out as 79% Irish, I am only come out as 15% Irish, and have 71% Scandinavian. What other work have you done Matt I would love to know more about it.

  5. Two of my uncles, one maternal and one paternal have matches to Rathlin 1. My husband also does as well. However neither of his parents match. In fact they have small segments but none on the same chr (22) that husband matches on. So I am curious as to what you make of this.

  6. Just wondering if you have the full autosomal data for Ballynahatty as well as the Latvian hunter gatherers?