This Reporter’s DNA Results Were Disappointing to Say the Least…

The following excerpt is from an interesting story written by reporter Dan Vergano, for the June 13, 2013 edition of USA TODAY.

I’m not even much of a Neanderthal.

Only 1.5% of my genes are traceable to the doughty cavemen who ruled Europe for hundreds of thousands of years. Genetic analysis is lopping whole limbs of family legends off my family tree. No Iroquois princesses hidden among our ancestors, nor Chinese emigres from Marco Polo’s voyages. Nada.

The head of National Geographic’s Genographic Project glances at the results of the gene marker map provided to this reporter. “You do have links to a family of genes shared by only about 4% of Europeans. That’s interesting,” gene mapping expert Spencer Wells says in a sad attempt at consolation.

Some consolation. It turns out that this “V” maternal gene group belongs to some of history’s most storied losers. These were folks who apparently left Spain and headed into Europe about 13,500 years ago at the end of an Ice Age, lodging in a significant way in the frozen forests of northern Finland and spreading thinly across Europe’s belly…

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (, writes daily at, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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