To meNiall of the Nine Hostages sounds like the Holy Grail for McKee Genealogy,
It is so exciting to be notified of the results of the first 12 marker test and confirmed by the 25 marker test result of the FAMILY TREE DNA that my husband, Doug McKee, shows to be, by blood, descended from the blood of this 5th century warlord.
YES, I SAID 5TH CENTURY.Does it get any better?
I am pasting the following and will tell you I am not educated in DNA and I am a novice at understanding - I am studying this thing but it sure sounds exciting.I am hoping to encourage more McKee males to find a way to afford this test.It totally changes your genealogy outlook.Ladies, get your husbands, your cousins, your uncles to do this test, after eight or nine years of searching I can tell you for a fact that I would not have found this relation to a 5TH CENTURY WARLORD / POWERFUL CHIEFTAN from NORTHWEST IRELAND by the time tested method of research (probably not in my lifetime anyway).If you are seriously searching for the male blood line this sure looks like the way to go.
Now, between the 5th century and 2008 there is lots of water under the old bridge but I will tell you that right away the results show kinship between my husband and Mark McKee (of the Georgia area McKee) who posts on these boards and, also,appears to prove no kinship between my long time fellow searcher friend, Frank McKee, of the Marshall Co MS 1840 McKee Family.I felt for years that Frank and Doug just had to be kinfolks, so many circumstantial time related and area related happenings that seemed to tie his McKee and mine, alas that is not to be.This helps to show us that other avenues of search need to be explored and benefits all of us in using our time of research more wisely.
THE FOLLOWING IS PASTED FROM FAMILY TREE DNA WEBSITE:
Matching Niall Nóigiallach - Niall of the Nine Hostages
Niall of the Nine Hostages received his name from the taking of hostages as a strategy for playing mental havoc upon his opponent chieftains. He is known in folklore as a raider of the British and French coasts. Supposedly slain in the English Channel or in Scotland, his descendants were the most powerful rulers of Ireland until the 11th century.
A recent study was conducted at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, which found that a striking % of men in Ireland (and quite a few in Scotland) share the same Y chromosome, suggesting that the 5th-century warlord known as "Niall of the Nine Hostages" may be the ancestor of one in 12 Irishmen. Niall established a dynasty of powerful chieftains that dominated the island for six centuries.??Your Y chromosome matches this profile!?In the study scientists found an area in northwest Ireland where they claim 21.5% carry Niall’s genetic fingerprint, says Brian McEvoy, one of the team at Trinity. The same area of Ireland has previously been the subject of Anthropological writings…and has shown a strikingly high % of men from Haplogroup R1b (98%) versus 90% in S.E. Ireland. According to McVoy this area was the main powerbase of the Ui Neills, which literally translated means "descendants of Niall".?
While the signature is typical for R1b European males in general it’s characterized by an 11,13 at DYS 385a/b and a 14 at DYS 392. Within our second panel of markers the most distinctive results from this apparent Modal is the 15,16,16,17 at DYS 464.
Modern surnames tracing their ancestry to Niall include (O')Neill, (O')Gallagher, (O')Boyle, (O')Doherty, O'Donnell, Connor, Cannon, Bradley, O'Reilly, Flynn, (Mc)Kee, Campbell, Devlin, Donnelly, Egan, Gormley, Hynes, McCaul, McGovern, McLoughlin, McManus, McMenamin, Molloy, O'Kane, O'Rourke and Quinn.?