Several EPSTEINs have joined in a Family Tree DNA=20
=96 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.
EPSTEIN is a popular Ashkenazi surname. JewishGen family finder's listings
indicate that its EPSTEIN researchers' interests are concentrated in
Belarus, Lithuania, and the nearby parts of Poland; and, as they get further
away, they are more moderately represented in eastern and central Europe.
So far, most of our project's members' recent direct male ancestors are from
Belarus or nearby areas in Poland, Lithuania, and the Ukraine. While some
Danzig EPSTEINs may be directly descended >from German EPSTEINs whose
ancestors never lived to the east, some Russian EPSTEINs settled in Danzig
subsequent to the river trade via the Vistula and the Bug. My great-uncle,
Yehoshua (Hovsei) EPSTEIN, moved the family's timber business to Danzig
from its original forest base in Motele and Pinsk.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 http://tinyurl.com/nyh6z
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.
More information about DNA testing and JewishGen's involvement in it
can be found at http://www.jewishgen.org/dna/
If you have any questions, please contact Marsha Epstein, our project's
volunteer administrator at email@example.com
Itzhak Epstein New York, NY