The Swiss Anabaptist DNA Project- Background



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The Swiss Anabaptist DNA Project concentrates on investigating the paternal and maternal lineages of families who have Swiss roots in the Reformation. While the project focus is on Swiss based lineages there are other lineages in the Northern Alps/Southern Germany who were also early participants in the Anabaptist movement and are eligible to participate in this project.  The project is open to direct maternal or paternal line descendants of early Anabaptists.  Individuals with Low German Mennonite heritage should participate in the Mennonite project.

The project supports the genealogical investigation of lineages where one uses the paternal y-DNA or maternal mtDNA results to confirm the existing genealogical paper trail or to work around a documentation brick wall. There are a number of cases where existing paper trails have been found to have errors which are present in and continue to be propagated by on-line genealogical databases.

Additional testing, especially with the paternal y-DNA, allows for a deeper ancestral investigation of the lineage centuries before the occurrence of surnames. Early investigations are identifying that some Swiss lineages which share the same paternal line 800-2000 years ago. 

Deeper ancestral interpretation of results opens the door to understanding how some of the lineages arrived at and settled into their Alpine locations. Some of this deeper ancestral understanding comes via results from projects such as National Geographic’s Genographic projectwhich can be integrated with existing test results from FamilyTreeDNA.

A related project, the Anabaptist Family Finder, project uses FamilyFinder results to investigate Anabaptist ancestral relationship from any part of the family tree.   Individuals who have Anabaptist/Amish/Mennonite/Hutterite.... ancestors somewhere in their family tree should join the Family Finder project.



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