e-mail to Administrators of The Baltic Sea DNA Project
Starting in February 2006 the Project initially focused on the inhabitants and descendants of emigrants from the states situated around the Baltic Sea
With only 41 members and no active administration the project soon lost its momentum, but thanks to the efforts of Mr Stanislaw J. Plewako who on May 1, 2012 not only took on the role of administrator but he also managed to increased the participation rate to over one hundred members within the first 2 months under his guardianship, the membership today is well over 400 and climbing. The area of interest has also been expanded to encompass the area that falls in between the Gulf of Finland and the Bay of Pomerania and Crimean Peninsula on the north cost of the Black Sea settled by Crimean Tatars
Map of the Baltic tribal cultures and others archaeological cultures V-VII centuries, Koryakov Y., http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plik:East_europe_5-6cc.png
On the map: ВЕНЕДЫ = Vistula Veneti. I have identify those peoples as I2a-L621 haplogroup holders, of course in this era - with Slavic languages.
Many Lithuanian, Polish, Russian nobles and non-nobles were originally from Tatar tribes especially the Crimean Tatars in the case of Poland/Lithuania. Members of these tribes who settled in Poland/Lithuania (Lipka Tatars) in the 14th century for example, eventually became Christians in order to own land, marry locals and changed their names accordingly. Many of these families had Tamgas or property marks which were later adapted as their Coat of Arms. Some of the families served at high governmental levels in the Polish/Lithuanian state, while others left their marks in the military, arts, and diplomacy. Descendants of these Tatar families can be found all over the world including Europe, USA, Australia, and in their ancestral adopted countries of Lithuania and Poland to name a few This project is open also to all mtdna/y-dna individuals who think they may have or do have Tatar ancestry and who would like to share their information with others in the group.
Administrator: Stanislaw J. Plewako, is a genealogist and has a MSc. degree in Molecular Genetics (1980), scientific researcher (1980-1991) at Institute of Biochemistry and Biophysics of Polish Academy of Sciences. In his further career Mr. Plewako did not have an opportunity to use his skills as a geneticist, but his interest in genealogy brought him back to genetics as a tool for genealogical research. Mr. Plewako (kit number 131251) is I2a Y-DNA and belongs to X2e1 mtDNA haplogroup Mr. Plewako specializes in the study of sequence mutations within families, as a valuable source of their characteristics (see: Result section).
Co-Administrator: Alex Chartorisky is also interested in genealogy and believes that the next great step forward is Y-DNA-Genealogy (where written records stop DNA technology moves on) and therefore supports the project with his technical and communications skills
Co-Administrator: Georg Dunkel, likewise is greatly interested in genealogy and due to so many dead ends with traditional genealogical methods he has turned his attention to dna-genealogy to find the links that unite families, focusing on comparing Novel Variants of Balts and Chudes and looking at the comparison and searching for subtle differences within the SNPs that have been found he is coming up with some great results in his findings. Georg can communicate in both English and his native tongue Finnish and also has an artistic flare when it comes to visual communications as evident with his rendition of the N-Tree that can be found in the photo section of the project web page.
Co-Administrator Sarah Hospodar is responsible for feedback to participants of former Tatar Project.
By rearranging the Y-DNA Classic Chart and mtDNA Classic Results Chart the Administrators can help members understand the results and recommend what research or tests may be needed to confirm membership to the sub-group that they have been placed in.