What is Anthrogenealogy? It is a new word (a neologism) coined by FamilyTreeDNA.com (FTDNA) the pioneer testing company in DNA testing for genealogy uses. The following is an excerpt from FTDNA's website defining this new word:
Anthrogenealogy combines the methods of the two sciences--anthropology, as pursued principally in academic settings, and genealogy, largely with individual or corporate sponsorship or carried out by avocational researchers. By utilizing Molecular Biology to observe the genetic data trail of a lineage you are now able to connect unknown family members by employment and comparison of specific locations on the Non-Recombining Y or mtDNA we inherited from our fathers and mothers. Anthrogenealogy is, therefore, our word of choice for the study of deep genealogical origins through means of genetics.
Charles Kerchner, Jr. has launched a new web site to help people with very basic questions about the new "sub-field" of this very new genetic genealogy field, called Anthrogenealogy. He writes:
This new site is particularly needed for all the people participating in the new National Geographic Society Genographic Project. A lot of the people signing up with them know nothing about genealogy or genetic genealogy. And the few anthrogenealogy sites there now are populated by PhD scientist types and are talking way, way over the heads of the typical garden variety genealogist who has taken such a DNA test for the first time.
Here is the announcement I sent out today to the various Genetic Genealogy community online discussion lists.
My new DNA-ANTHROGENEALOGY Yahoo Groups site for newbies to the Anthro segment of Genetic Genealogy is now officially open. I'm still building it and adding information links for the various haplogroups, etc., and will continue to do so over the next several months. But it is now open for visitors and membership.
What is nice about the Yahoo Groups forums is the many additional features some other pure message lists and my BLOGS don't have ... such as the ability to upload files and pictures to the various folders and also to have real-time instantaneous or pre-planned chat sessions with other members of the group 24x7, in addition to posting messages. You have to put up with a little more advertising from Yahoo than in other forums. But nothing in life on the net is totally free. Their groups are very popular.
My new group is targeted towards newbies to this segment ... to answer very basic questions and refer them to the more detailed or complex answers if I don't know, but the haplogroup gurus are welcome too. Stop on by and join if you wish.
You can view Charles Kerchner's new anthrogenealogy site at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DNA-ANTHROGENEALOGY