Tracking Back

Thanks to a Twitter post by Judy G. Russel, I have discovered a very cool new tool for mapping the location of ancestors potentially from modern times back to the Paleolithic era. The tool is called Tracking Back and the website is the website has multiple tools in fact, but to make use of this one, one enters an SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) or in this case, simply their maternal or paternal Haplogroup depending on what type of search they are conducting. For other tools, just enter a surname from ones' family tree. I cannot get enough of this! Here is a map showing my maternal haplogroup, H16.

Next, is a heatmap for the surname Beall in my family tree. The original of the Bealls in my family tree are from county Fife, which is one of the main locations on the map below:

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