It’s official. The George Samuel Reid paternal (Y-DNA) test has been completed, and the results indicate that our ancestral heritage links to the E1b1b Haplogroup, subgroup E1b1b1a. Testing was performed by FamilyTreeDNA.com, a highly accredited genealogy research organization with over 300,000 participants who have submitted DNA for analysis and comparison.
Archaeologists have designated the E1b1b Haplogroup as the Early Farmers who were known for being highly accomplished at harvesting basic crops like wheat, millet and spelt and maintaining livestock like goats, sheep, cattle and pigs. It’s possible that some of the Early Farmers crafted pottery, bracelets, ax heads and chisels and lived in mud brick houses.
Our subgroup, E1b1b1a, probably moved north from eastern Africa about 16,000 years ago and settled along the Mediterranean coast, in parts of the Middle East, Europe, and northwestern Africa. The Early Farmers migrated still further, and their descendants can be found in about 10% of men in the Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia.
It is likely that a population of Early Farmers in the northern parts of Africa sailed across the Mediterranean and settled in Iberia, Italy, and Greece. Today’s populations reflect that movement, allowing 15 to 30% of Greeks, Bulgarians and Albanians to claim Early Farmers as their ancient ancestors.
While the haplgroup designation is enlightening, the ability of the DNA testing to aide in our ancestral research is what is most compelling. Already we have connected with several previously unknown Reid/Reed family members whom with we are certain share a common ancestor. Certainly, there will be more connections made as others submit their DNA for testing.
Since receiving the test results, we have joined the following DNA project groups to share what we know of our Reid line, and to increase our exposure to world-wide DNA testing participants:
- E-M35 Project (FamilyTreeDNA)
- Virginia-SW (FamilyTreeDNA)
- Reed DNA Surname (FamilyTreeDNA)
- Clan Donnachaidh (FamilyTreeDNA)
- Reid Reed Read Families (Ancestry.com)
- Scotch-Irish, Lancaster-PA, Ulster Ireland (Ancestry.com)
Check back often for updates on this exciting technology and the specific results of our new found connections with distant relatives.