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Alpine DNA

AlpGen research: Y-DNA paternal, mtDNA maternal
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For everyone with paternal Y-DNA and/or maternal mtDNA from Alpine Area.
Future FamilyFinder (autosomal and X-DNA) research: min. 1/4 of the ancestry (one grandparent). See further information and fill out the Public Alpine DNA Gedmatch Kits List form (see participants spreadsheet).

Alpine DNA area map

Information about joining this volunteer project without commercial intentions founded in May 2012:

  • 1. Membership criteria (defined more precisely in June 2015):
    • 1.1 public results (Y, mt): public viewing and sharing of Y and mt groupings is essential for successful research. See here how to change Privacy Settings > My DNA Results to Anyone
    • 1.2 Y-DNA (research focus): Genealogical evidence of paternal lineage ancestry or clear Y-DNA match/es from the Alpine Area. Member of the most informative Y-Haplogroup project/s.
    • 1.3 mtDNA: Genealogical evidence of maternal lineage ancestry or clear FMS match/es from the Alpine Area. Member of the most informative mt-Haplogroup project/s. FMS submission to Genbank.
    • 1.4 FamilyFinder: Genealogical evidence of one grandparent from the Alpine Area. Gedmatch account (please add ID in About Me). You are invited to fill out the Public Alpine DNA Gedmatch Kits List form (see participants spreadsheet) for shared public research.
  • 2. Research Area is extended to regions near to the Alps especially for recognizable population migrations and admixture:
    • 2.1 Eastern/Southeastern France,
    • 2.2 Upper Rhine (North and West Switzerland, Alsace, Baden),
    • 2.3 South Germany (Württemberg, Bavaria),
    • 2.4 former Austria-Hungary Empire (Czechia, Slovakia, Balkans),
    • 2.5 North Italy
  • 3. Read FTDNA DNA-Projects FAQ 
Y-DNA research and grouping: The goal is to find clusters with Common Ancestor (see also MRCA) not more then 2,500 years ago. Haplogroup predictions can be higly speculative and can only be made if a 37/67 marker profile is in the group and Matches are publicly available. Please correct errors and send additional information. For fine-grained clustering and optimal paternal discoveries we use the following Projects for your (alpine) Y-DNA Haplogroup: R1b (U152, U106), I1-NCE / I1-M253, E1b-M35 (M2), J (J1/J2)R1a-M198 (R1a-Y), G, I2a-P37.2/I2b-M223/I2b-L38, L, T, Q. For more Haplogroup Projects login to myFTDNA and look here: E (4), G (3), I (11), J (17), L (4), Q (2), R (37), T (2).

Co-Admins wanted: experts except for J2-M172 and R1b-U106 (please contact us)

Related Links: alp.gen.or.at (Website for admixture etc. under construction) , Forum MolGen.org AlpGen Thread

For FTDNA customers with paternal (Y-DNA) and/or maternal (mtDNA) and/or autosomal DNA ancestry (by genealogy) from the Alps: the european mountain valleys stretching from Austria (Österreich) and Slovenia (Slovenija) in the east through Italy (Italia), Switzerland (Schweiz - Suisse - Svizzera - Svizra), Liechtenstein, Germany (Deutschland), France and Monaco in the west.
Core Alpine DNA places: Tyrol (Nordtirol, Osttirol), South Tyrol (Südtirol - Alto Adige), Trentino (Welschtirol), Salzburg, Carinthia (Kärnten - Koroška - Koruška), Styria (Steiermark - Štajerska - Stájerország), Graubünden (Grischun - Grisons - Grigioni), Sondrio (Sunder - Sünders), Ticino (Tessin), Uri, Valais (Wallis), Verbano-Cusio-Ossola, Aosta (Aoste - Outa), Savoie (Savouè d’Avâl - Savoia), Hautes-Alpes (Auts Aups).
Border Alpine DNA places: Allgäu, Upper Bavaria (Oberbayern), Upper Austria (Oberösterreich - Horní Rakousy), Lower Austria (Niederösterreich - Dolní Rakousy - Alsó-Ausztria), Carniola (Kranjska - Krain - Krajna), Slovenian Littoral (Primorska - Litorale - Küstenland), Udine (Udin - Videm - Weiden), Belluno (Beilun, Belum, Belùn), Treviso (Trevixo), Vicenza, Verona (Dietrichsbern), Brescia (Brèsa), Bergamo (Bèrghem), Lecco, Como (Còmm), Varese (Varès - Väris), Vercelli (Vërsej), Biella, Turin (Torino), Cuneo (Coni), Alpes-Maritimes (Aups Maritims), Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (Aups d'Auta Provença), Haute-Savoie (Savouè d’Amont), Vaud (Waadt - Vad), Fribourg (Freiburg), Bern (Berne - Berna), Obwalden, Schwyz (Svitto), Glarus (Glaris - Glarona - Glaruna), St. Gallen (Saint-Gall - San Gallo - Son Gagl), Vorarlberg
Rhaeto-Romance minorities (language, old culture): Romansh, Ladins, Furlan. Candidates: Nones/Solandro.
German minorities: Cimbrian (Upper German - Bavarian dialect)/Zimbern/Cimbri in Trentino, Verona, Vicenza, Belluno (Lusern, Roana, Seven Communities, Giazza/Glietzen,...); Bersntolar/Mócheno (Tyrolean dialect) in Trentino; Walser (Highest Alemannic) in Northwest Italy, Italian Carnian Isolates: Plodn/Sappada, Zahre/Sauris, Tischlbong/Timau, Kanaltal/Val Canale.
Slovenes minorities: in Carinthia and Udine
Interesting population history: Saas Valley (isolated alemann settlers?), Anniviers (Hungarian roots?), Valdôtains (border situation, Arpitan in Italy).
Romance /French: Franco-Provençal/Arpitan/Romand, Occitan. Italian dialects: Gallo-Italian, Venet. Upper German dialects: Southern Bavarian, Central Bavarian, Low- High and Highest Alemannic, Swabian)
Religious minorities/migrants: Anabaptists (Hutterites and also Mennonites & Amish)
Alpine Diaspora: Puerto Tirol (Argentina), Colonia Tirol (Brazil), Tirol (Romania), Villa General Belgrano (Brazil), Oxapampa (Peru), Swabian (South German) emigration to  Transylvania/Siebenbürgen - see Danube Swabians.

Joining other relevant geographical projects is very useful: Switzerland, North Italy, Ladinia, Slovenia, Friuli Venezia Giulia, German Language area, Italy.

Y-DNA Surname projects and pages with Alpine origin/distribution

  • Baumgartner different Haplogroups with origins in Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
  • Bertschinger R1b incl. Persinger from USA. Origins in Eastern Switzerland / Graubünden?
  • Hauri yDNA Project @FTDNA G2a-L140 incl. Haury from CH, FR, DE and Howery, Howry, Howrey from USA, originating in Beromünster, Luzern, Switzerland in the early 1300s
  • Holiger Y-DNA J2a-L25 incl. Hullinger from USA with ancestor Henri Holiger of Boniswyl, Aargau, Switzerland, born in 1425. 
  • Gavanesche Y-DNA E1b-L609 with origin in Montafon Valley, Voralberg, Austria
  • Rottensteiner Y-DNA. Rottensteiner from Tyrol, Salzburg, Lower Austria. Oldest line arround 1530 in South Tyrol.
  • Zelger Y-DNA. L-M317 Zelger from Tyrol, Switzerland, USA.

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