The Avotaynu DNA Project has entered its second phase and now seeks male participants for a study of Eastern Sephardi paternal DNA lineages, specifically men whose family directly descends through Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Rhodes and related areas. Eligible participants must be direct paternal line descendants of members of the eastern Mediterranean.
Adam Brown, a representative of the study team will be in Seattle at the conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies at the Seattle Sheraton from Friday 8/5 through Friday 8/12 and will be happy to meet with any individual or group which wishes to participate either at the Sheraton or at another location in Seattle of your choosing. Please contact Adam at WestSephDNA@gmail.com for more information or to make an appointment.
The project, led by pioneering genetic genealogist Dr. Karl Skorecki of the Technion, aims to shed light on the origins of the Sephardim and to establish a strong dataset of DNA results, grounded in archival research, in order to stimulate further intensive studies. At least 50 men will be tested. Participants must supply a paternal genealogy with as much information as possible. DNA testing kits will be provided at no cost. Individual privacy will be protected and the results of the study will be published.
A detailed study protocol can be found here: http://www.avotaynuonline.com/a-genetic-study-of-eastern-sephardic-jewish-men/
Relevance: A DNA study may offer insight into the early international distribution of the Sephardi community as well as the genetic origins of its parent Iberian Jewish community. Alongside genealogical research adhering to the Genealogical Proof Standard, historical research and other academic disciplines, this can then serve as an anchor for a more extensive study of former Iberian Jewish populations. Given the relatively limited number of generations – corresponding autosomal markers in this cohort may serve in the future as a bi-parental marker reference for population admixture.
Support: The Genetic Study of Western Sephardic Jewish Men is supported by the Avotaynu Foundation (New Haven, CT), the International Institute of Jewish Genealogy (Jerusalem), and the Brown Foundation (Teaneck, NJ).