Finding Your Name

The Genetic Genealogist has been discussing how DNA testing, particularly of the Y-chromosome, can tell men their surname. He refers to research from Mark Jobling's lab at the University of Leicester that says two men who share the same surname have a 24 percent chance of sharing a common ancestor; that chance increases if the last name is rare.

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