Wade Surname DNA Project


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The sequence of DNA markers for each individual is that person's haplotype.  Haplotypes are mapped or organized into haplogroups. 

All members of a haplogroup are direct paternal descendants of a single man.  Most male WADEs belong to the R1b haplogroup but the I haplogroup follows closely behind.  All "R1b" have a forefather in common.  Each of the other haplogroups also have a unique forefather.  We do not know the names of these forefathers as they all lived many thousands of years ago. 

A person's haplogroup is determined by which SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphism) that person has.  Haplogroups can be subdivided into subgroups or subclades.  These subclades are also determined by which SNPs a person has.  Two people in different haplogroups (such as R1b and I2a) cannot be related.