Habsburg Family Project- Background

Administrators

Surnames

Habbes, Habs, Habsburg, Happes, Happus, Haps, Hapsburg, Hoppas, Hoppers, Hoppes, Hoppess, Hoppis

Background

The science of genetic genealogy has revolutionized one's ability to discover ancient ancestors and their wanderings prior to the periods during which surnames evolved and detailed written records were kept. In 1985, the Group Administrator for this project published a family history titled "Swiss Roots: A History of the Happes Family to 1800," which furnished data indicating that one of his ancestors was enumerated in the Swiss property censuses of 1290 and 1292 under the surname Habesburc, the same spelling King Rudolf von Habesburc (later Habsburg) had engraved on his 1291 sarcophagus lid. Five years ago, FTDNA tested the author's Y-DNA, and since then the Group Administrator and his Co-Administrator, Thomas Sacher, have discovered that over a dozen other surnames contain close "genetic cousins" to them, namely: Fitze, Grass, Himmelsberger, Kreis, May, Mesmer, Neff, Penczer, Schiess, Schlatter, Schapbach, Sittner, Tanner, and Waldburger (and related spellings). The following five genetic markers are characteristic of the individuals of interest: DYS 390=25; DYS 392=12;DYS 389-2=28;DYS YCAb=19; and DYS 456=17