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Thomas, Conrad, and Jacob Winkler arrived in the Colonies in 1753 on the ship , but no one has figured out how they may have been related or exactly where in Germany or Switzerland they were from. Traditional research has yielded valuable information on the history of our families, but often bumps up against the “brick wall” of genealogy – a place where the genealogist can only go so far in research with family and/or public records. Enter DNA genealogy, today's cutting edge resource. With the help of labs at the University of Arizona extracting DNA for us and for the National Geographic "Genographic" project, family history solutions of the future are with FamilyTreeDNA and its companion ySearch service. As project administrator and webmaster, Rosemary is a volunteer and receives no financial remuneration of any kind from FamilyTreeDNA. She says, "Genealogy is my hobby." To quote a compelling recommendation: "DNA evidence is now accepted in mainstream genealogy as being as reliable as, or in some case more reliable than the evidence from written records genealogists traditionally rely upon. Inevitably it will increasingly be offered to support future SAR lineages." By Delaware Society Compatriot Don DeVine, CG, GGI, Sons of the American Revolution Magazine, Spring, 2005. Read ROSEMARY'S non-technical article for genealogists, About DNA and Interpreting Genetic Distance by FamilyTreeDNA . The role of volunteer group administrator for the Winkler DNA Genealogy project is a fascinating challenge. Every Family Tree DNA surname project has at least one administrator. We are volunteers who prepare and maintain the website, recruit and screen new members, and offer assistance to participants. This keeps costs down, enabling those interested to get a low group rate for DNA tests, starting with $99 for the initial 12-marker test. If you have suggestions or comments about the Winkler DNA Genealogy, please email me. Rosemary