The GRINDLE DNA Project- Background



Grandel, Grandell, Grendel, Grendell, Grendle, Grindahl, Grindal, Grindall, Grindel, Grindell, Grinder., Grinders, Grindle, Grindler, Grindoe, Grindol, Grindoll, Grundel, Grundell, Gundle


        Early Grindle immigrants to America can be found in the Northeast in the State of Maine and New Hampshire;  in the Mid-Atlantic States of Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina; and in the Mid-East State of Pennsylvania.
         Little is known, or written proof found, of those in families in Pennsylvania, particularly in the Southwestern section. Records of queries date back as far as the late 1920's with no successful results. In addition, family lore and myths abound concerning these people. Some claim they were English; others say of Dutch, German or Swiss heritage. Some, not all, worshiped in German Lutheran or Reformed Lutheran churches. The early Lutheran church records that have been found were written in German, leading one to believe these Pennsylvania Grindles were of Germanic descent. Burial sites of a few have been found in Mennonite cemeteries. One county history indicates early settlers, in general, were Brethren but no reference to any specific individuals given. Three Grindle men who served in the Revolutionary War together in Pennsylvania are believed to be possible brothers, or perhaps father and sons. Known descendants exist of these three men but no proof has been found to-date indicating a blood relationship. A firm "brick wall" exists between these people and their descendants.
        Therefore, with the advent of genetic research and its application to genealogy, the Grindle DNA project offers a new avenue for finding possible genetic connections among all these families in Pennsylvania and other Grindle lines throughout the East Coast of the United States.  It is also hoped that connections will be found to those countries in Europe from which they immigrated.

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