The website for the DNA project for MacDonald, McDonald, McDaniel, McConnell, McDonnell, Donaldson, Donald, and other men whose male lines may be associated with the MacDonald Clan was updated during the Thanksgiving weekend. Many of the members of the project who were previously members of large “unclassified” groups within the project are now placed in smaller “classified” groups with men who are related to them. There are 3 new subgroups, an R1a Green group, an R1b Maroon group, and an R1b Yellow Green group, and other classified groups have expanded. The R1b Magenta group has grown to more than double its size in early November and includes a number of McDonald and McDaniel men, a McKenna, and a Mc Kenna.
You can see the tables here:http://dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org/tables.htm
Immediately above some of the tables, there are new or revised notes on the groups in those tables. Some of these notes tell how the men were classified as members of particular groups. For some of the men added to the Magenta group, results for one of the markers in the 38-67 marker panels at FTDNA were critical in the decision-making process.
The note for the new R1b Yellow Green group states that the 464X test (a special test for the DYS464 markers) gives a distinctive results for members of that group. The Yellow Green group is part of a much larger group of related men, and most of those men would also receive a similarly distinctive result on the 464X test. I am working on a DNA project for the larger group, and I believe that some of the men who remain in the R1b Yellow Group of the project could be similarly grouped using 464X test results.
If you think that your MacDonald family may fit into the larger group, you may contact me, and you may want to visit our project website for the DYS464xccgg project:http://www.familytreedna.com/public/DYS464x%20ccgg
I encourage all MacDonald researchers with relatives in the Clan Donald DNA project to check out the revised tables AND the new network charts for the project. The network charts are a nice pictorial representation of the project data, showing a best approximation of a family tree for the men in the project. A chart including members of the R1b Magenta, Maroon, Yellow Green, and other groups may be found here:http://dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org/R1b31treewrapper.htm
and another one using data for more markers may be found here:http://dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org/R1b61treewrapper.htm
You can find links to charts for some of the other men in the project here:http://dna-project.clan-donald-usa.org/DNAresults.htm
If no MacDonald male from your family is in the project, and you have a male family member whose male line goes back to a male MacDonald ancestor, you may want to take advantage of the holiday discounts available to men ordering through DNA projects.
For families with one member already in the project, it would make sense to encourage testing of more distant relatives and suspected relatives while these discounts are available.
Kirsten Saxe, co-administrator for the DYS464xccgg project (and McConnell researcher)