Joseph Smith now even more Irish

Mormon prophet Joseph Smith Jr., was shown in 2008 to have descended from Irish royalty. Ugo Perego, director of operations at Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation, said recent DNA tests show the connection is even more certain.

In 2008 Perego found a DNA connection between Joseph Smith, the first prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and King Niall of the Nine Hostages, an Irish warlord of the fifth century. This connection was found using STR profile values.

The STR profile assigns a number value to certain small sections on a person's Y chromosome. An STR profile looks like a long list of numbers. One person's number values can be compared section by section with another person's values. The closer two people's STR values align the more likely they are connected.

"We know exactly was the Joseph Smith and Smith family Y chromosome STR profile looks like," Perego said. "As accurate as if I had Joseph Smith next to me and I would get a swab from him. It's not guesswork."

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