Brewer DNA Project (includes Bruer, Brower, Brew, etc.)- Background
Not all BREWERs descend from the same lineage. The surname BREWER is based on an occupation. Any person who had the occupation of Brewer -- a maker of beer or ale -- might have taken on the surname when surnames became required. This DNA project includes Bruer, Brower, Brew, etc. It is believed that Brewers are English, German, Dutch, and maybe other nationalities. Some people might have taken on a mother's maiden name or a step-father's surname. Freed slaves often took the name of a former owner. It is safe to say Brewers have different origins.
The Brewer Surname Project uses Y-DNA test results to identify family groups of genetically related living male participants through their matching haplotypes (genetic signatures). Such testing can show a definite relationship exists between two or more males and that they share a common ancestor within genealogical time spans, but not with whom or when. Documented genealogical pedigrees supply the missing information. The two sets of data (paper trail and DNA results) compliment and support one another.
NOTE: For detailed information regarding our project, use the pulldown menu “About This Group” at the top, left of this page and please select the “NEWS” and “RESULTS” tabs. There, you will find recent data, current family groupings of Brewer participants and their pedigree information with links to web sites that expand upon our Brewer surname project and provide additional resources for genealogy researchers.
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