I have a very lonely surname â€“ according to estimates, there are only about 1000 to 2000 Bettingers in the
My particular Y-DNA has an interesting story (I think that everyoneâ€™s Y-DNA has an interesting story, itâ€™s just that Iâ€™ve decided to share mine!). My most distant paternal ancestor came to
So, to boil that confusing paragraph down, as of 2007, 193 years after â€œBranch #3â€ budded off the Bettinger Family Tree, there are only 6 people alive that have that sonâ€™s Y-DNA. Four of those six still have the potential to pass on Y-DNA. You would think that after 193 years there should be hundreds of us, but thatâ€™s not how genealogy or genetics works.
P.S. â€“ I donâ€™t mean this post to come off as sexist or biased in any way.Â Iâ€™ve spent a great deal of time tracing the female descendants of â€œBranch #3â€, of which there are many. This was just a story about the descent of the Y-DNA (which Iâ€™ve tested and is connected with the Bettinger Surname Project) through â€œBranch #3.â€ Iâ€™m very interested in my maternal lineage (that is, my mtDNA line), and have already written about my unique maternal line here on the blog.