What is a surname project?
A surname project is a project which is formed by many Genebase members with the same or similar surname who have gathered together to use DNA markers to determine the roots of their surname, and to establish links and reunite family groups. As a surname project grows and the number of members increases, the project can link together global families sharing the same surname, determine whether the surname originated from a single line or from several ancestral lines, and reunite family groups with the same surname that share a common ancestor. As a surname project grows, it becomes more exciting, more global, and has endless possibilities in helping you to discover your roots. Genebase provides the highest quality testing and the world’s most powerful public online surname project management tool. • Genebase tests 44 markers, the highest number available in the industry. • Genebase allows you to choose which markers you want to test. • Genebase provides laboratory direct pricing: $199 f
Surname Project A Genetic Genealogy Y chromosome testing DNA project focused on a family surname and/or the testing of males who share the same spelling, sounding (e.g. Kerchner and Kerschner), or similar meaning origin surname (e.g. Zimmerman and Carpenter) to determine whether those tested share a common recent biological male ancestor in a time frame of genealogical interest, i.e., since the adoption of surnames. A surname project could be a simple extended family project conducted within an extended family or a formal family association in order to verify and confirm the existing traditional genealogical research or to better link together members of the extended family for which no precise paper trail exists as to which branch of descendants certain male lines belong to. Or the project could be a wider one-name surname project and study formed to see if family lines who share the same spelling, similar sounding, or similar meaning origin surname are biologically related via their
A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, this test is for males taking Y-DNA tests. Females do not carry their father’s Y-DNA and most acquire their father’s surname or a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his direct paternal line (see http://www.familytreedna.com/inheritance-chart.aspx for more information on direct lines) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA25, Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA67 marker test. Females who would like to check their direct paternal line can have a male relative with this surname order a Y-DNA test. Females and males can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNA or the mtDNAPlus test and participate in one or more mtDNA project.