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Rabbinical Lineages: yDNA and Haplogroup Identification

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The project's ongoing knowledge base of rabbinical yDNA signatures is contained in the document 'yDNA_Rabbinical.pdf' which is available on the documents page (currently 35 lineages indexed). The compilation is derived from research work published by others on GENI and elsewhere. No independent verification of the underlying lineages has been attempted by the managers of this project.

HOW TO HELP THIS PROJECT IMMEDIATELY: ACCESS THE DOCUMENT CALLED WORKSHEET OF ACTIVE CASES AND VIEW IT AS AN 'ORIGINAL PDF (button at top of page)'. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS THERE. THE WORKSHEET IS A CULLED LIST OF HIGH-PROBABILITY LINEAGES WHERE THERE ARE RECENT yDNA DESCENDANTS ALREADY PROFILED ON GENI.

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL: PLEASE DO NOT ADD MORE THAN ONE PROFILE TO THIS PROJECT FROM ANY GIVEN RABBINICAL LINEAGE. FOR EXAMPLE, SINCE MEIR WAHL IS ALREADY IN THE PROJECT, WE DO NOT NEED HIS SON SHAUL WAHL (OR ANY OTHER PATRILINE DESCENDANTS). UNNECESSARY PATRILINE DESCENDANT PROFILES WILL BE REMOVED SO WE ARE NOT INUNDATED WITH PROFILES. THE ONE EXCEPTION TO THIS IS WHEN A PROJECT MEMBER IS SEEKING TO CONFIRM WHETHER TWO DESCENDING BRANCHES ARE IN FACT DESCENDANTS OF THE SAME COMMON PATRILINE ANCESTOR (IF THIS IS THE CASE THEN PLEASE MAKE A NOTE OF IT IN A NEW PROJECT DISCUSSION POST SO OTHERS KNOW NOT TO REMOVE THE DUPLICATIVE PROFILES).

SUMMARY

Rabbinical genealogy presents a unique record of a nation without a homeland for thousands of years. These genealogies are useful for general genealogical purposes because not all rabbinical family members become rabbis. Rabbinical records are in many instances the only records available for periods prior to about 1750. To bolster the utility and accuracy of these genealogies, the technique of yDNA haplogroup identification is key. YDNA haplorgrouping not only may confirm paper genealogies, but can also help researchers without a clue to find their lineages on the basis of yDNA identity.

The purpose of this project is to identify the yDNA haplogroup of as many rabbinical lineages as possible. In some cases the identifications may be novel, in other cases, they may confirm what is already known, and in yet other cases, they may cause a re-examination of what was believed to be known.

There are two parts to this project: 1) assemble together as many patriline descendants of known rabbinical lineages as possible, and 2) assist, both financially and technically, at least one member from each lineage with the task of obtaining the necessary testing and bringing the test into the GENI platform for the benefit of others; NB: the DNA testing necessary for this project may be done under a fictitious name which ensures complete privacy to the testee

The three tasks available are:

1) find rabbinical lineages not already present in the project and add them to the project (NB: please check to make sure your lineage is not already present by looking at the patrilneal ancestry of your rabbi of interest and seeing if perhaps his ancestor is already in the project: for example if Rabbi A is the father of six sons who in turn have six sons, we only need Rabbi A in the project, not each of his six sons, 36 grandsons, etc....) ALWAYS LOOK FOR THE OLDEST PATRILINE ANCESTOR TO REPRESENT THE LINEAGE because this will produce the largest number of patriline descendants in the Descendant Report; each rabbinical profile in the project represents one distinct and unconnected patriline

2) find living patriline descendants of rabbinical lineages already present in the project and notify via a new discussion the discovery of such a person or persons (NB: many profiles are managed by GENI compilers rather than actual family members: ALWAYS GIVE FIRST PRIORITY TO DESCENDANTS WHOSE PROFILES APPEAR TO BE MANAGED BY FAMILY MEMBERS because these are most likely to have personal knowledge

3) arrange to have suitable patriline descendants tested: once an available candidate has been identified; this should be done by a private message to the profile manager(s) briefly explaining the project, giving the URL for the project, and asking for their participation; once a descendant has expressed an interest then notify the Project Managers via a private message and the managers will arrange for the descendant to receive the test kit. THIS IS THE MAIN GOAL OF THIS PROJECT SO PLEASE FOCUS YOUR EFFORTS ON THIS TASK

So to begin, this is an invitation to all GENI researchers to follow the project and to add appropriate profiles, whether these be rabbis from the past whose hg is sought or living persons who represent a past lineage. If possible, a note as to which rabbinical lineage is represented by living individuals submitted would be appreciated.

Please see the following 'How-To' guidance for details about how to contribute your valuable knowledge and skills to this meaningful and constructive project.

PROJECT PARTICIPATION GUIDANCE

HOW TO INVITE A RABBINICAL LINEAGE TO THE PROJECT

Project members and followers are encouraged to locate rabbinical lineages of high personal or historical value and to join these lineages to the project. We only need one profile per rabbinical lineage (extra profiles will be removed to avoid clutter) and this profile should be that of the oldest known patriline ancestor for the entire lineage. Since each project profile shuld be 'followed' by the person introducing the profile to this project, if that profile becomes detached from the tree by a subsequent tree edit, the person who introduced the profile here will receive an alert about the tree edit and will then be able to make any necessary adjustments for the project (such as removing the profile and/or adding the next best patriline ancestor to the project, etc.) To join any rabbi to the project:

1) go to the rabbi's profile, then go to the profile of the oldest known patriline ancestor of that rabbi,

2) from the 'Actions' button select 'Add to Project a) in the next window, select the project: "Rabbinical Lineages; yDNA..." b) if the profile is open, the invitation will execute immediately, in other instances, the profile manager will have to authorize the project joinder

3) If (2) above does not work for some reason then please post the intended profile's URL in a new project discussion here with the Topic: 'Invitation Request', and the administrators will invite the person from within the project.

4) Make sure to 'follow' every profile you introduce to the project so that if the tree is subsequently edited you can make any necessary and appropriate adjustments for the profile representing the lineage in the project.

HOW TO FIND AND INVITE A RABBINICAL LINEAGE DESCENDANT TO THE PROJECT

Project members and followers are requested to investigate their particular rabbinical lineages of interest and to locate and invite possible yDNA descendants of these lineages using this method:

1) navigate to the profile of the rabbi of interest,

2) open up the 'DNA' tab on the profile,

3) under the YDNA section press the URL labeled: "View a list of living people who can be tested for Y-DNA that should match XYZ"

3) from the list, select the most viable prospects for testing (there is no limit to how many may be invited, but care should be taken to assure that the persons are likely to be living: sometimes profiles are mis-labeled as 'living; when it is clear they cannot be alive due to their birth year)

4) go to the profile of the person being invited and and issue an invitation to this project,

a) if the person is 'Private' then use the 'View Tree' button next to the 'Private' person and find the next patriline ancestor who is not private and proceed to that person's profile, b) to issue an invitation from the profile, scroll down to the 'Recent Projects' and then press 'Invite to Project' c) in the next window, select the project: "Rabbinical Lineages; yDNA..." d) if the profile is open, the invitation will execute immediately, in other instances, the profile manager will have to authorize the project joinder

5) If there is no 'Invite to Project' available on the profile, then please post the profile's URL in a new project discussion here with the Topic: Invitation Request, and the administrators will invite the person from within the project.

FOR RABBINICAL LINEAGE DESCENDANTS: HOW TO DETERMINE yDNA AND UPLOAD TO GENI

To maximize the benefit of this project, all rabbinical lineage descendants able to assist with this line of research are encouraged to proceed as follows:

1) obtain at least the Y37 result from FTDNA (between US$99-US$169, depending on when ordered)

a) if this test is unaffordable to you please begin a new discussion requesting funding and explaining your known or possible pedigree to a rabbinical lineage, the project administrators will then attempt to solicit the requisite amount of funding from other project members, donated to an FTDNA project and used through the project to pay for the appropriate test; rabbinical lineages which are older and could affect the largest number of researchers are the ones most likely to receive funding support from co-researchers

2) once the FTDNA test results are available, then attach these results to your GENI profile and complete as much a you know about your GENI pedigree for the rabbinical lineage to which you belong

a) to attach results, access the DNA tab from your profile and follow the instructions there; if you upgrade your testing at FTDNA you must then detach and re-attach using the same procedures in order for your new hg to appear on your profile

b) once you have attached, your hg(s) will propagate automatically to all patriline and matriline relatives connected to your profile

3) start a discussion here at the project declaring your yDNA hg and your proposed rabbinical pedigree so that others may begin to connect to your rabbinical tree.

Thanks for your invaluable cooperation and support.