The possibilities of Jewish Genetic Genealogical testing #hungary
Sean Silver <sean_silver@...>
Over the past two decades, the science of genetics has opened a whole new
chapter in the search for humanity's origins. By analyzing certains portions
of human DNA, geneticists began to see patterns, allowing them to formulate
theories on human migration and geographic and cultural contributions to
past and present society.
My mother's side is >from Satu Mare, Romania, but it used to be part of
Hungary prior to WWI, and although we've found great information in
censuses, etc., I still had a hard time going beyond my great-great
grandfather, Aron Trebits and his son Herman.
As such, after reading about the studies in Jewish genealogical studies
using DNA, I joined the Genographic project through National Geographic.
They use FamilyTreeDNA.com as their testing service (whom JewishGen.org has
partnered with), and I found out that this company had a lot more validity
in terms of genealogical research. I know there's a separate board for this,
but I thought I'd offer this information here, because its made a world of
difference for me.
I've done my paternal side, which is Litvak, but my great-uncle has just
agreed to take this test (which just consists of brushing your inner cheek
with a cotton comb, then sending it in) so we can discover if any of the
Trebits' (or other variations) who are doing research presently might indeed
My uncle is the last male descendent of his father, so he's our last hope to
do YDNA testing (since its passed on >from father to son). Consequently, they
test mitochondrial DNA also, which is passed on >from mothers to offspring.
This is how you'd test your maternal side.
Here's the information on the Genographic Project:
Here's information on Genealogical Genetic testing in general:
And here's a link to my project that I started, which is researching a small
portion of the Jewish DNA in which I find myself a part of. Hopefully it'll
give us a clue as to how we fit into the Jewish Mosaic:
If you do end up getting tested, and you find you're defined as haplogroup
R1b (a way to group people who likely have a common ancestor), please feel
free to join my project. That part is free!
P.S. - It is cheaper to test through a project. You might want to test
through The Jewish Heritage Project first. The moderator is a pretty nice
guy! He's an interested amateur like myself:
Moderator: Family Tree DNA is a JewishGen partner. For more info about using genetics to advance and enhance your genealogical research, go to http://www.jewishgen.org/dna/