Seeking descendants of Prague EPSTEIN Family for Y-DNA Study #austria-czech

Itzhak Epstein

Several EPSTEINs have joined in a Family Tree DNA JewishGen surname
project. Painless mouth swab genetic testing procedures are being
used as a promising tool for breaking through our genealogical
brick walls. It might help you to greatly expand your family tree,
and may also help our surname project.

To the best of our knowledge, the EPPSTEINs emerged in Frankfurt am Main
in the early 15th century. By the mid 17th century we were present in
Poland. It is still unclear whether the Polish/Russian EPSTEINs are=
from the Frankfurt EPPSTEINs. The most prominent 16th century EPSTEINs
were in Prague, and it is likely that they are the bridge between the
Frankfurt EPPSTEINs and the Polish EPSTEINs. To find out, we need to test
direct male decendents of the historic Prague EPSTEINs.

We have identified members of one paternal lineage that has borne the
Epstein surname for several centuries. There are hints of another old line.
Most of the project's current members, however, are patrilineally
unrelated to each other. In addition, most of us have discovered
patrilineal relationships to men whose surnames are not EPSTEIN. Most
of us trace our ancestry to eastern Europe, and only two to Germany.

We are working on identifying the various branches of our principal cluster,
on exploring additional clusters, and on connecting our unrelated
members to cousins. To accomplish these goals and to create as broad
a search as possible, we need more male Epsteins to contribute a
cheek swab as a DNA sample. If you are female EPSTEIN or an EPSTEIN
through female ancestors, a sample >from an EPSTEIN male relative can
represent your family in the test. If you are not an EPSTEIN, please share
this message with EPSTEINs who may want to participate in this project.

To join, go to

The basic, and most affordable, twelve marker test will indicate to whom
you are probably related. The more advanced tests could help to identify
closer and more certain relationships. You can start with the 12 marker test
and add to it at a later date, using the same sample.

If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Epstein, our project's
volunteer administrator at epsteindna_admin@...

Itzhak Epstein
New York, NY

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