Genealogy and genes: tracing the founding fathers of Tristan da Cunha

  title={Genealogy and genes: tracing the founding fathers of Tristan da Cunha},
  author={Himla Soodyall and Almut Nebel and Bharti Morar and Trefor Jenkins},
  journal={European Journal of Human Genetics},
The island population of Tristan da Cunha has a well-documented genealogy that dates to its first permanent settlement in 1816. The current population is thought to have descended from only seven females and eight males. Today, there are seven family names in use, corresponding to the number of founding fathers with present-day male descendents. Y chromosome polymorphisms have previously been shown to be reliable tools for tracing patrilineal genealogies. Here, we studied Y chromosome… 
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