I would like to hear from anyone who is interested in cooperating in setting up a Y-chromosome project for the Athey/Athy/Atha/Athon surname. There are now over 1000 projects going for other surnames.We need about 6 participants to start.
I would also be interested in sharing results with any Athey who has had their y-chromosome tested. I recently had mine done and the results are a little surprising. I had hoped that the haplotype would not be too common, but (watch out what you wish for) it turns out to be very rare instead. In three world databases consisting of about 35,000 haplotypes (there may be some duplication between the three databases), there are no exact matches and only a few that are close. The general rules of thumb that can usually be used to predict membership in population haplogroups succeed only in predicting that membership in the most common haplogroups in Europe is extremely unlikely. This, of course, is an advantage for using results for genealogy, since any matches that turn up will imply relatedness. It will be very interesting to see if this pattern holds across the Athey family. The relative rarity of the haplotype, assuming that mine is not an anomoly, would mean that everyone with the Athey name in the U.S. or the British Isles should have a haplotype that is easily identifiable and distinguishable from any others. That is, even if there have been 1-2 changes, the result will still be closer to other Atheys than to anyone else.