This is a new resource page for genetic genealogy with an emphasis on the R1b-CTS4466/S1136 haplogroup in general and those sharing a variant of the Kane surname in specific. The goal for the page is to share discoveries being made with the Next Generation Sequencing technologies, which will help establish the origins of the Irish Type 2 Kanes.
To date there is one confirmed and three suspected members of this group in the Cain-Caine surname project. The Keane surname group also contains another three suspected individuals. The confirmed individual is a descendant of Thomas M. Kane, born 1830 in Creegh, Co. Clare, Ireland. His Chromo2 genetic profile shows the group is likely in the first major subclade of R1b-CTS4466. S1121 was discovered by IrelandsDNA scientist, Jim Wilson. The genetic variant occurs in approximately half of all the R1b-CTS4466 individuals.
With the analysis of 21 CTS4466+ Big Y haplotypes, two new major divisions have been discovered under S1121. The new hierarchy as depicted by R1b-CTS4466+ group administrator, Lance Brown, includes A150 and A159. In isolation the Thomas Kane descendant appears likely to be a member of the A159 group.
In the future the other lines of Irish Type 2 Kanes will need to have additional testing done to further define the group. Currently, only two members have STR testing out to 67 markers. We would benefit greatly from at least one more person testing out to this level. The members tested to 67 markers should also confirm they are also S1121 positive. The individual test is available from YSEQ or it can be tested with Chromo2 or Big Y. Having this data will allow construction of a definitive signature to identify others who may also members of the Irish Type 2 Kane group.