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Searching for ‘Genetic Eve’ – Mitochondrial DNA and Ancient Maternal Ancestry

Do you look like your mother or your father? Perhaps, you look like both of them or maybe you don’t look like your parents at all. Regardless of appearances, all children are a genetic...

Y-Chromosome ‘Adam’ and Me – Using Y-DNA to Trace Ancient Paternal Roots

Differences in the outward physical features of people from around the world make us appear very uniquely distinct from each other. However, our DNA, the hereditary material that carries information on how to build...

Y-DNA STR testing: From Forensics, to Relationships, to Genealogy Testing

You’ve always been proud of your rather unusual last name, so one day when another man with the last name Quigley sits beside you on the plane, you are intrigued. A long conversation during...

Maria Theresa, Last Holy Roman Empress and First Empress of Austria

Last Holy Roman Empress, first Empress of Austria. Eldest child of Ferdinand I (King of the Two Sicilies) and Maria Carolina (Queen of Naples and Sicily). Granddaughter of Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress. Her mtDNA HVR1 and...

Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies

King of the Two Sicilies from 1825 to 1830. Son of Ferdinand I (King of the Two Sicilies) and Maria Carolina (Queen of Naples and Sicily). Grandson of Maria Theresa, Holy Roman Empress. His mtDNA HVR1 and...

Maria Carolina, Queen of Naples and Sicily

Wife of King Ferdinand I of the Two Sicilies. Daughter of Francis I (Holy Roman Emperor) and Maria Theresa (Holy Roman Empress). 15 siblings including Joseph II (Holy Roman Emperor), Leopold II (Holy Roman Emperor),...

Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary and Bohemia from 1790 to 1792. Succeeded his elder brother, Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor to the throne. Archduke of Austria and Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765 to...

Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York

A leading English magnate. He never became King but did govern as Lord Protector during King Henry VI's reign. Son of Richard of Conisburgh (3rd Earl of Cambridge) and Anne de Mortimer. Great-grandson of...

Richard of Conisburgh, 3rd Earl of Cambridge

Known as the 'Poorest of the Earls'. Beheaded at age 40 for his part in the Southampton Plot, a conspiracy against King Henry V. Second son of Edmund of Langley (1st Duke of York) and...

Edmund of Langley, 1st Duke of York

1st Duke of York, 1st Earl of Cambridge. Founder of the House of York. Fourth surviving son of King Edward III and Philippa of Hainault. Direct paternal ancestor of King Richard III - Father of Richard...

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