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Not all BREWERs descend from the same lineage. The surname BREWER is generally 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 DNA Project is a Y-DNA, Surname Project open to males with the Brewer (Brower, Brouwer, Bruer, or variation of) surname. Females, who have recruited a male relation (father, brother, cousin) who has the surname Brewer, may also join. Ordering a Y-DNA Test for a Brewer is a requirement of joining the project. 
The Brewer DNA Project is also open to males who have a surname other than Brewer, but who, either through prior Y-DNA testing, or by knowledge of a non-paternal event in their history, genetically match, or believe they will genetically match other men named Brewer.
If you do not fit the above criteria, please do not join the project. Simply having a Brewer ancestor somewhere in your ancestry is not a reason for joining. Taking a mtDNA or Family Finder Test does not meet the requirements for joining the Brewer DNA Project. We appreciate your interest, but the goals and objectives of the project are narrow and only male Brewers who order a Y-DNA test will see any benefit by joining.

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.