So you decided to try Genetic Genealogy!

So now that you want to join a DNA Surname Project who do I test? This is a great question and it depends on what you want to know.

The Paternal Line

To DNA test an actual surname, you must test a male member of your family. You can take the test yourself if you are a male genealogist researching your surname. It is a simple cheek swab that is returned in a supplied mailer. It takes about eight weeks for the results to be posted when you return the sample.

If you are a female genealogist, you must enlist a male in your line, a brother, father, your father's brother, or one of his sons(a cousin). An example would were born a Jones, you must find a male Jones member willing to submit to the cheek swab. It could be your brother or your father. If there are no immediate family members to test, you must look for a brother of your father or the son of your father's brother. You cannot test the son of your father's sister. It must be a straight-line male from your paternal side. If you want to test a nephew, it must be your brother's son, not your sister's.

Click here to see the FTDNA inheritance chart open in a new window.

Latest News

Friday, July 08, 2011
It has been a while since I posted any new information about the Grau DNA Project. I am so involved with other DNA Projects the Grau Project tends to take a back seat because of the lack of interest by Grau researchers.
Friday, February 20, 2009
The Grau Message Board at Rootsweb is another available tool for researching your Grau Family. This is the link for the Grau Message Board at Rootsweb.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This DNA Project was established in December 2008. Grau Participants wanted! Already tested with FTDNA, Ancestry, Relative Genetics, or another company? Contact us to join the project.