The Grau DNA Project- Background
Grau, Grauel, Grauer, Graul, Graull, Grauman, Graupera, Graupmann, Graus, Grausbard, Graustark, Graw
This DNA Project is seeking GRAUs from everywhere in the world. Through yDNA Analysis of the participants and along with conventional genealogical research, this project will help determine those members that share a common GRAU male ancestor. To participate all you need is a living male GRAU relative willing to provide a simple, painless cheek-rubbing sample.
Learning About Ancestry & DNA Testing
To help make it easily understandable for those who don't hold a medical degree or Ph.D. in some science that uses DNA testing. This test is used SPECIFICALLY and ONLY for ancestry and genealogical research. The DNA test used will only test the male "Y" chromosome and therefore only males can be tested. Although I'd love to be able to include females in this project, females have "X" chromosomes. For any female Genealogists interested, they will need to ask a male relative of their GRAU line to be the donor. One day in the future, we hope to include data in order to form a mtDNA section of this project. The "Y" chromosome is passed down from father to son and so on. Throughout the lines of male descendants, yDNA marker information is passed virtually unaltered. Since the yDNA is more or less(simplified) like the rungs of a ladder, when there are common male ancestors of those who join the project, this test will show not only the common yDNA markers, but will also provide information on how many generations back 2 individuals share a common ancestor. This will aid the researcher in determining if different families are related and provide a means for those members to connect with one another.
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