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Genetic genealogy 2006

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Genetic Genealogy Timeline

Jan/Mar 2006

Am J Hum Genet. 2006 Mar;78(3):487-97. Epub 2006 Jan 1 The matrilineal ancestry of Ashkenazi Jewry: portrait of a recent founder event. Doron M. Behar, et al



News release:

Half of the 8 million Ashkenazi Jews living today can be traced to four women. (Complete mitochondrial DNA sequences)

March 2006

Ted Kandell [Kandell, T.E. and Greenspan,B.] is the first private individual to upload a full mtDNA sequence to GenBank and provides guidelines for others to follow. DQ377992

27 March: Family Tree DNA announces the launch of its new 59-marker Y-chromosome DNA test.[1]

April 2006

ISOGG announces their first version of the updated Y-DNA Haplogroup Tree. (See also November 2005)

July 2006

Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation announces the release of its mtDatabase

August 2006

8 August: Family Tree DNA announces the launch of its new 67-marker Y-chromosome DNA test. All orders for the 59-marker test, announced in March, were automatically upgraded to 67 markers free of charge.[2]

December 2006

Family Tree DNA reports over 3,700 projects, representing over 58,642 surnames (includes variations).

Would like data from other companies to include here.

New tools

Created by hobbyists and used by many hobbyists:

Other landmark events

Newsweek (February 6) cover story "Genes & Family - What Science Can Tell You About Your History and Your Health"

(Considered a landmark event because it was the first cover story in a "popular press" publication.)


  • FTDNA’s 3rd International Conference on Genetic Genealogy [for FTDNA Group Administrators], Houston, TX. - November

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  1. Facts and Genes Family Tree DNA newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1, March 27, 2006 (from the Internet Archive).
  2. Facts and Genes. Family Tree DNA newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 2, August 08, 2006 (from the Internet Archive).