Vincent D'Orazio: Hi, please excuse the intrusion. I'm adding to your D'Orazio posting due to my enthusiastic interest in DNA research.
I'm always happy to hear about someone testing their DNA or their parents DNA, etc. It goes along with paper record research. One never knows what the DNA will show until it's done. I hope that you and her brother have a Ydna match. It will be fun to find out.
I always thought they would find Greek DNA in my father's Ydna too and none is showing. My father is considered to be 100% Italian as both of his parents were born and married in the same small village in Southern Italy and had been there for many generations. In addition his maternal line has Catholic Church records in the village going back to the late 1500s.
My father tested with the full Comprehensive Genome at FTDNA. The results show his ancient ancestral heritage as 60% Middle Eastern and 40% Italian. After joining various Haplogroup studies the Univ.of Madrid contacted us for permission to include his mtDNA (mitochondrial) results in research they are doing. Apparently his mtdna is from ancient North African Caucasians (although not Berbers) who are pictured in drawings and painting from the old court of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand as people with light eyes, light hair, fair skin and inhabiting the Canary Islands at that time - originally immigrating from the Fertile Crescent. These people then immigrated to Southern Italy and Southern France, This specific Haplogroup is still in many of the people in Southern Italy and Southern France.
Sadly, for genealogy nuts like me, compared to other Europeans and Americans, very few Italian men are testing their Ydna. My dad has a 67-Ydna match to a Spanish Ydna, another to a man in Turkey and another to someone in Southern France. I donít engage in speculation with those showing less than 37 Ydna marker matches since basically itís the world... especially at12 markers the list is endless and makes me believe... *truly* all men are the biblical Adam's distant cousins.
The Comprehensive Genome, which tested his mtdna, also tested the Family Finder and in both of those tests he has a fair number of matches to men and women with Italian Surnames or ancestors with Italian Surnames although many of them only tested via the FamilyFinder test.
Best wishes to you and the other D'Orazio testers. Paula Nigro
P.s Youíve probably already seen the Surname Distribution of your surname in Italy and Iím including it for Kim and her brother to go along with your good overview of surnames:
Kim: You are close, but no cigar. There are a variety of origins for Italian surnames. Surnames did not come into common useage until the 1400's. Some were based on nick names such a Testeverde,... more
Hello Vincent, Thank you for your reply. I knew I was a bit shaky on Italian name meanings...lol Yes...I dearly want to get my brother's Y-DNA tested (hopefully this year). I am a D'Orazio by birth.... more
D'Orazio Surname and DNA research Paula N,Tue Apr 10 9:11pm
Hello Paula: Thank you for your post. I read with interest about your experience with DNA testing. The Palombo line I had tested in my family has no matches, even though he had the 67-marker test... more
Hi Kim, itís great to learn of your interest. IMHO - You did the perfect marker test for guys; the 67markers. The good thing about the results at ftdna is that we can easily download for the future.... more
Hi Paula, Thank you for your response. A couple of years ago, FTDNA used to show 1-step;2-step;3-step matches. Before I knew better I thought perhaps these were "relations". lol Then I questioned... more
Kim, my choice was the Comprehensive Genome. It gives the most bang for the buck. It's only available for men and IMHO gives the best overall idea of one's genetic heritage from a genealogical and... more
Hi Paula...thank you for your e-mail. If you are too busy to answer this right away, I understand. I see that there is a sale on FTDNA for a day or so more. There is the Y-DNA 37 marker test for... more
Yes Kim, you can upgrade later as long as the test saliva is still preserved. It's good you're getting the 37, which is the lowest to go for possible paternal line connections. Please know that at... more
I am not an expert, but have had a personal success with DNA testing of my husband's Gill family line. After decades of hitting a brick wall in 1825, we are now in the early 1600's, in country we... more
Several years ago I had my mitochondrial DNA tested. mDNA goes up through your maternal line----mother, grandmother, great grandmother, etc. When I received the results I was incredulous. As with all ... more
Thanks for your story and connection details. It's worth saving. I included it in my DNA education notes folder. I remember the history lesson about the Invasion of Northern Italy by the Lombards... more