Belarus SIG #Belarus EPSTEIN Family Y-DNA Study #belarus
Several EPSTEINs have joined in a Family Tree DNA JewishGen surname project.
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.
So far, most of the project's members' recent
direct male ancestors are >from Belarus or nearby
areas in Poland, Lithuania, and the Ukraine. A
rough count of JewishGen Family Finder listings
for southwestern Belarus indicates that EPSTEIN
is the third most frequently researched surname
-- just behind KAPLAN and LEVINE, and just ahead of LIFSHITZ and GOLDBERG.
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.
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
Itzhak Epstein New York, NY