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The Brewster Surname Project has been organized for all who wish to work together to find their common heritage through DNA testing and sharing of information. All variant spellings are welcome. If your surname spelling is missing, we will be glad to add it.

Though the most common modern surname spelling is BREWSTER, we frequently encounter BRUSTER. In older records, spelling variants such as BROOSTER, LE BREUSTER, and BRUCTER have been encountered, plus many other minor variations. The BREWER surname is generally not regarded as part of the Brewster family because their haplotype distribution is significantly different and does not indicate a common ancestor in genealogically recent times. There are, however, exceptions to this, as we have seen the Brewster surname modified to Brewer, particularly during the 18th and 19th century immigration process. If you are a Brewer and do not align with the Brewer group, please contact us and we'll see if you fit here.

Please note that in order to join this project, the Y-DNA test participant must ALWAYS be a MALE who either (1) descends in an unbroken male-to-male line from a BREWSTER male ancestor or (2) has reason to believe he descends from such an ancestor. Female Brewsters do not possess the Y chromosome required for Y-DNA testing, and are therefore not directly eligible for Brewster surname genetic research; but we are very interested in Y-DNA results for your male Brewster relatives!

If you have any questions regarding your DNA tests or results, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please include your kit number with your request.

Arlin W. Brewster, Administrator

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