ROWE Y-Chromosome DNA Surname Project- Background

Administrators

  • Lorna Henderson , Group Administrator
  • Terry Barton , Group Administrator

Surnames

Rau, Rauh, Rausch, Roe, Roehe, Rohe, Row, Rowe

Background

This project was initiated in Oct 2004 and (as at Apr 2009) has 34 members.
While a surname itself may give us incomplete or misleading or, at best, only general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us concrete evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching.
The accessibility and affordability of family DNA testing is doubtless the greatest technical advance in the history of genealogical research because -- at long, long last -- we have a tool to break down those brick walls! And with a surname like ROWE, which can be very common in certain areas, brick walls abound.
Help us break them down, by joining the project and submitting your pedigree

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