Oct 262016
Read on and you will see why the letter Q is associated with Haplogroup.
DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that carries the genetic instructions used in the growth, development, functioning and reproduction of all known living organisms and many viruses
Haplogroup is a genetic population group of people who share a common ancestor on the patrilineal or matrilineal line. Haplogroups are assigned letters of the alphabet, and refinements consist of additional number and letter combinations. 
Q (M242) is a Y-chromosome DNA haplogroup. 
When you reach a stumbling block by conventional means such as searching by surname, why not take a DNA test which could put you in touch with unknown family?
There are many providers out there such as Ancestry, Family Tree DNA and 23andMe.

© Gordon Martin

Next week’s letter is ‘R’. Has anybody got any interesting snippets that marry up R with surname studies?  If so, please send them to Ros Haywood at sos [at] surname-society.org

letter Q courtesy of openclipart.org