BEAVER(S) - BIWER DNA- Background

Administrators

Surnames

Beaber, Beaver, Beavers, Beazer, Beber, Beevers, Bever, Bevers, Biber, Bieber, Biebers, Biever, Biewer, Biver, Biwer

Background

The surname of BEAVER(S), with the many spelling variations, are found throughout Colonial and early America. We are looking to connect BEAVER(S) (BIWER, BEVERS, BIEBERS, BEVINS, etc.) family members with our Common Ancestors. We hope to link the earliest American BEAVER(S) families with not only each other, but also the European families from which they came. Because surnames were commonly simplified into easily spelled English, BEAVER(S) families may have come from pretty much anywhere. Some BEAVER(S) families trace their roots to Germany, the Netherlands, England, or even to Native Americans. The tests are administered by a company named "Family Tree DNA" . The actual test is quite simple. Participants are mailed a DNA Test Kit and all they have to do is swab the inside of their mouth a couple times. Then, mail the kit back, and that's all there is to it. It takes about 4-6 weeks to get the results back. There are four types of tests, the 12-marker, the 25-marker, the 37-marker, and the 67-marker. Each male will have one of several possible "alleles" at each "gene site." These differences are what distinguish individuals and their close paternal line relatives from other individuals and paternal lines. The more differences between any two individuals, the more generations there are that separate the two individuals from a common paternal ancestor. Two or three allele differences out of 12 gene sites, and four or five among 25, generally indicate that the common paternal ancestor pre-dates the widespread use of surnames, which began about 800 years ago. Of course, this is statistical probability and not absolute.

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