The general purpose of the Byers project is to learn more about our heritage. Can we answer specific questions about our origins? Is Byers surname German or Scotch? Can we distinguish between various colonial ancestor lines? Participation is open to those with the surname and variants. In addition to the name being tested it would be helpful to have family group sheets (excluding persons living) and the name, date and place of birth of the oldest known ancestor. This information will help in analyzing results.