El Pueblo de Abiquiú DNA and Ethnographic Study

Check out this new project. It is a closed project and we are choosing participants that meet certain criteria.


DNA Lecture and Montes Vigil Book Lecture/Signing

BOOK LECTURE – 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
DNA LECTURE – 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: 423 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM
Botts Hall, Special Collections Library
Date: April 29, 2017
A basic overview of genetic genealogy, its
applications, and how to analyze the data.
Break 11:30 am – 12:30pm; Bring your charts, DNA info.

Click to see flyer: 2017 April 29th DNA Flyer Torrez Cruz

FTDNA has launched an update to myOrigins.

If you have population data via the Family Finder log into your account as FTDNA has launched an update to myOrigins.

Message from FTDNA:

“Our Population Genetics team worked for months to define and validate new population clusters and to refine existing ones. Under seven subcontinental groups, we’ve added six new clusters for a total of 24 reference populations.

Here’s how they break down:

  • African    
    • East Central Africa
    • West Africa
    • South Central Africa
  • Central/South Asian    
    • South Central Asia
    • Oceania
    • Central Asia
  • East Asian
    • Northeast Asia
    • Southeast Asia
    • Siberia
  • Europe
    • West and Central Europe
    • East Europe
    • Iberia
    • Southeast Europe
    • British Isles
    • Finland
    • Scandinavia
  • Jewish Diaspora
    • Sephardic Diaspora
    • Ashkenazi Diaspora
  • Middle Eastern
    • East Middle East
    • West Middle East
    • Asia Minor
    • North Africa
  • New World   
    • North and Central America
    • South and Central America

New Interactive Landing Page

The Product Design team created a new interactive landing page that provides detailed explanations of each group’s anthropological and historical significance as well as a link to our Learning Center for more information.

But that’s not all! You asked, we delivered.

In addition to the new clusters and the interactive design, we will now show trace percentages. Previously we only showed results of one percent or above. With the update, those populations under two percent will be reported as <2%.

The Engineering team reran the entire autosomal database to report these updated results, so as soon as the switch is flipped, the update will be available to everyone. We’re excited about this update and hope you will be, too.”


mtDNA news from FTDNA_March_24_2017

“Mitochondrial DNA Update

You or your members may have received an email about the update of the mitochondrial DNA database from Build 14 to Build 17, which is the most recent phylogenetic build for mtDNA. This update has been in the works for several months while the scientific team tested and verified the programming and results. We were able to release it this week, so some of you may have seen a change to your mtDNA haplogroup.

To give you an idea of the scope of this project, Build 14 was based on the analysis of 8,216 modern mitogenomes, while Build 17 was designed using 24,275 mtDNA sequences – almost three times as much information! Build 17 increased to 5437 nodes from 3550 in Build 14, an increase of 1887 haplogroups. Obviously, the update provides a much finer resolution in terms of haplogroup assignment.

In a very few cases haplogroups may have reverted to a higher branch on the tree. Usually, this is because in Build 14, some of the branches of the tree were predicted, not confirmed. The additional sequences added between Build14 and Build 17 did not provide supporting data to justify their existence, so these branches have been removed.

This update is the perfect time for those testers who have only tested mtDNA HVR1 or mtDNA Plus (HVR1 and 2) to upgrade to the Full Mitochondrial Sequence (FMS). For the next week, upgrades from mtDNA to FMS and from mtDNA Plus to FMS are only $99! Only with the FMS will testers get the full benefit of the new build, so please encourage your members to upgrade. See the upgrade page for more information and to order!”

Torres Y-DNA Article

Torres Y-DNA Study Synopsis

The Torres Y-DNA article can be found in the March 2016 edition of the New Mexico Genealogist Journal. The article takes a look a sample set of Torres men who claim descendancy from Cristóbal de Torres, a Colonist who came with the re-conquest. This is another Y-DNA article highlighting the power of DNA as a tool for genealogical research.

The journal can be purchased from our NMGS website at http://www.nmgs.org/NMGSJournal.php.