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PROVEN: John Milam and Thomas Milam Were Brothers Beyond Any Doubt !!

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PROVEN: John Milam and Thomas Milam Were Brothers Beyond Any Doubt !!

Posted: 1481467107000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 1497096465000
Surnames: Milam, Millam, Mileham, Millum, Milum, Millom, Milom
Recently, one descendant of John Milam ( ca 1725 - 1789) and one descendant of Thomas Milam ( ca 1716 - 1775) had the DNA from their Y Chromosomes analyzed by the Family Tree DNA "Big Y" tests. After analyses for hundreds of thousands of possible variations { Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs)*** }, their results were IDENTICAL including the 38 Novel Variants** they shared. So there is no doubt that John and Thomas were brothers.

The Big Y tests demonstrated that the Milams are Haplogroup R1b - CTS9733. After uploading their tests results to Alex Williamson, Alex added the Milams to the CTS9733/ S3856* branch of "The Big Tree" as can be seen on the attached chart {below}. As more men are tested, the chart will be updated and expanded.

CONCLUSIONS: DNA Mission Accomplished! John and Thomas Milam were brothers.

1) All "Milam" men known to be descendants of John and Thomas Milam are extremely closely related as far as their paternal Y DNA is concerned.

2) Because of these results, all such men are de facto Haplogroup R - CTS9733 / S3856 .

3) There is no need for further Y DNA testing by known descendants of John Milam or Thomas Milam because all descendants are identical on Y DNA SNP tests.

4) There are of course men named Milam, Millam, Mylam, Mileham, ect. who are not descendants of these two brothers as shown by the FTDNA Milam Surname Project results:

William Milam, MD

* CTS9733 and S3856 are different terms for the same SNP variation assigned by different testing authorities.

** Novel Variants are variations in results which are not on the list of Known SNPs. As more men test, some Novel Variants may be assigned names and moved to the list of Known SNPs.

*** Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP, pronounced 'snip'): Variation in the nucleotide allele at a certain nucleotide position in the human DNA. When the change occurs, it is called a polymorphism. And polymorphisms accumulate in DNA over time and are passed down one generation to the next. A polymorphism can be very common (found in a significant fraction of a population) or very rare (found in a single individual). Common variations (SNPs) are used to track the evolution of human DNA over millennia of time and can be graphically represented in a haplogroup or phylogenetic tree.


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