A $58 Test Can Forge a Link Between You and the Ancient World

My friend Ramsey recently tested his Y-STRs at YSEQ. Then he contacted researchers of his haplogroup on Facebook and viewed his migration on PhyloGeographer.

I interviewed him about his experience.

Hunter: Why did you purchase the Alpha STR panel at YSEQ? What did you expect to get out of this?


Hunter: What did you think about the results?


Hunter: Do you have a short list of ancient peoples you think your ancestors may have belonged to?


Hunter: What part of your ancestors' journey most intrigues you?


These posts are the opinion of Hunter Provyn, a haplogroup researcher in J-M241 and J-M102.

2 thoughts on “A $58 Test Can Forge a Link Between You and the Ancient World”

  1. I don’t understand this post. You don’t provide any of the replies from Ramsey or if you do it’s in the font color of white so we can’t see it. I’m just starting to dig into my Y-DNA and no one is doing a Surname study yet of my Surname (Rury) and not much research seems to have been done with my haplogroup R-L52. I’m trying to figure out which test to take. I have 65,000 people in my tree which I have worked on for 40 years, but I have only managed to go back to 1850 in New Orleans for my Rury ancestors who came from Germany. I’m hoping Y-DNA might connect me to people in Europe who might give me further clues.

    1. Hi Ken,

      I created this post before I actually interviewed my friend Ramsey. Then I never finished it. Sorry for the confusion!

      I would recommend you to do a WGS test. This is the most economical way to advance your genetic genealogy research the most. Your Y-DNA and mtDNA result from this test can then be analyzed on the YFull YTree/MTree to find closest male and female uniparental line relatives.

      I buy the new lowered-price WGS test offered by YSEQ to advance my J2b-L283 research goals.


      There are cheaper tests like SNP panels or STR tests but you get most value for your money with a WGS test. The other tests don’t add your branch to the public research tree (YFull).


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