Anabaptist Family Finder Project- Background



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Welcome to the Anabaptist Family Finder Project.   This project will concentrate on allowing genealogists to utilize autosomal DNA results from Family Finder to investigate ancestors which were members of Anabaptist groups such as the Amish, Mennonite, River Brethren, and Hutterites. Participants from specific other groups and reference groups such as Swiss and Volga Germans will also be present. 

This project is separate from the existing Mennonite and Swiss Anabaptist projects to allow those projects to concentrate on group specific surnames/lineages.

The Anabaptist_FF is open to anyone who knows or suspects that they have Anabaptist ancestors.

Comparison against 23andMe. Com  results: Participants in this project are requested to submit their Family Finder files to the project administrators for comparison against existing Amish/Mennonite/Brethren Autosomal  project members. The comparison will provide participants direct access to a large number of tested Amish/Swiss Mennonite/Low German Mennonite project participants at 23andMe.  Comparison results will be posted to the 23andMe project website.

                When submitting Family Finder data for the comparison please provide a) your haplogroup information, and b) some information concerning your Anabaptist ancestors (names & dates).

The project will continue to investigate and expand upon the observations obtained from the 23andMe data.
  • There are a larger number of individuals who have distant immigrant Amish/Mennonite ancestors than what we thought. While most of these are distant pre-1800 single segment matches we have had success in identifying the shared common ancestor in a number of cases. As the immigrants migrated West in early America various circumstances created these marriages outside of the communities. Time for a grad student to spend their life researching these situations.
  • The Low German Mennonite's appear to have had limited intermarriage with ethnic Volga German communities. The Low German communities were not totally isolated to themselves. Further work via comparison with a larger pool of Volga Germans, is needed to quantify how much inter-marriage occurred.
  • Deeper, pre-1700, ethnic roots seem to be exhibited when comparisons are made to individuals with Swiss, Finnish, German, or Dutch backgrounds. In the case of the Swiss matches the segments could represent shared DNA from early Anabaptist church members.
  • There are a number of y-SNP mutations which have been identified. See the follow-up section for details on these SNPs. Copy number variants (CNV) have been found within a group of Low German participants. It will require testing of several more individuals to understand if these particular CNV's are genealogically valuable.
  • No specific Amish/Mennonite lineage has been directly linked with a Jewish lineage or group. Several Amish/Mennonite participants exhibit a TRACE of Ashkenazi related DNA segments. The source of these TRACE segments will require testing of more Anabaptist surnames/lineages.

General Fund

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