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Monthly Archive for November, 2009

R1b1b2a1b

Haplogroup R1b1b2a1b. It’s definitely a mouthful. This is the Y-haplogroup from my paternal side of the family, as determined from the ‘Deep Clade’ testing offered by Family Tree DNA. I wanted to believe that perhaps we come from Vikings, but it turns out that we are actually from a group identified as Italo-Celts. Believe it [...]

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Dna Tribes

I just found out about a testing company called Dna TRIBES that uses material inherited from both maternal and paternal ancestors to measure genetic connections between an individual and ethnic groups and major world regions. The test results indicate places where your particular blend of ancestry is most frequent and where your genetic ancestors left [...]

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Zapata Ranch

Several weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit Zapata Ranch in the San Luis Valley of Colorado. Zapata Ranch is a former working ranch nestled below the Great Sand Dunes National Park, maintained by the Nature Conservancy which is preserving the habitat, flora and fauna, and herds of cattle and bison. Their goal is [...]

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On October 31, 2009, President Bush (senior), Mikhail Gorbachev, and Helmut Kohl met in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany in November, 1989, which eventually led to freedom for many millions of people living behind the Iron Curtain. Gorbachev said in his remarks,“The [...]

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