This site is currently undergoing a redesign.
Additional functionality is being added in order to facilitate discussions. The ultimate goal is to provide a place where Fr(e)y(e) descendants can gather & share their experience with genealogical genetic testing in order to sort out the multitude of Fr(e)y(e) family lines.
Feel free to join the website discussion on the ground floor. There is a Discussion Group already called Website Design. If you have any input, please add it here. Remember, though, you are not looking at a finished product. Improvements are guaranteed to happen.
If you are a Fr(e)y(e) descendant who is eager to get in on the genetic genealogy discussion, please do.
Optimizing genealogical genetic testing to sort out Fry/Frey/Frye family lines
Genetic testing provides us with information about Haplogroup. Because different Haplogroups are found in varying concentrations in different parts of the world, they can be used to determine the origins and/or migration paths of our particular DNA. Descendants belonging to the same Haplogroup most likely share similar origins and are, therefore, potentially related.
As genealogists, we can use the Haplogroup as the first dividing point in our Fr(e)y(e) lines. Fr(e)y(e) descendants who fall into Haplogroup E, for instance, have their origins more in Eastern Europe, where Fr(e)y(e) descendants who fall into the R1b Haplogroup have their origins more in Western Europe & the British Isles. Descendants of these different Haplogroups would not share any ancestors who are close enough for our genealogical purposes and we would, therefore, consider them not related.
We can narrow our results even further by using the specific DNA markers that were tested to calculate the number of generations you would have to go back in order to find the Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) shared by two donors. By looking at the Time to Most Recent Common Ancestor chart created from the The Frey DNA Project: y-Results page at Family Tree DNA, you can see that they have divided donors who are potentially related into subgroups called Lineages.
This website is organized around this concept of Lineages. Any two donors who belong to the same Lineage have a good chance of being able to link their family trees together. Donors who are in different Lineages are not closely related at all from a genealogical standpoint and this information can also be useful in helping people determine which Fr(e)y(e) lines they are not related to.
A page has been created here for each Fr(e)y(e) Haplogroup & Lineage so that members can find potential relatives. The best place to start here is to find your Haplogroup and, then, if possible, your Lineage.