The Grau Message Board

The Grau Message Board at Rootsweb is another available tool to use when researching your Grau Family.


This is the link for the Grau Message Board at Rootsweb.

On the message board you can search past messages, post new ones or just look over old posts. All messages are gateway linked to the GRAU Mail List, in other words, everything that is posted is sent to the Grau Mail List. This helps increase exposure to Grau researchers and possible related family members. Post your messages now, the longer you delay, the longer it will take to get a response.

Grau Mail List at Rootweb


The GRAU Mail List is still a useful tool. It has been adopted and is up and running with current subscribers searching for their GRAU Families.

Website Created


Hello everyone, and welcome to the new Grau DNA Project website!

There are several different commercial companies that offer DNA testing for genealogical purposes to the general public. The oldest and biggest of these is Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). However, there are other reputable companies that offer DNA tests. Some of these companies include, DNA Heritage, Ethnoancestry, Oxford Ancestors and Relative Genetics.

The National Geographic Genographic Project in partnership with FTDNA also offers a 12 marker yDNA test for $99. The Genographic Project is a five-year research effort to map how humankind populated the earth. The Genographic Project by definition is more oriented toward anthropology than genealogy. If the kit number of a participant begins with an ā€œNā€, this means he obtained his DNA test through the National Geographic Genographic Project.

In addition, there is a non-profit organization called Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation (SMGF) that offers free DNA tests with some strings attached. You have to provide SMGF with at least four generations of your family tree and it can take up to a year or more to get your results. Also, SMGF does not send your results to you ā€“ you have to search their public database to find your results, which can be difficult.

Since there are so many different companies that offer yDNA testing, it is possible not everyone who shares your yDNA will test with the same company. If your yDNA is only being compared with Grau men who tested with the same company that you used, it is likely you will never learn about everyone who matches your yDNA. This is why we have created this new website in an attempt to unite the yDNA results and Grau pedigrees of all the Grau men who have already been yDNA tested, regardless of which testing company they used.

Grau DNA Project Started


This DNA Project was established in December of 2008.

Grau Participants wanted!  Already tested with FTDNA, Ancestry, Relative Genetics or another company? Contact us to join the project.

Right now, there are 4 GRAUs, 1 GRAW, and various other GRAUs with suffixes just within FTDNA's system for a total of 14.
Please consider joining the Grau DNA Project if you are already test at FTDNA or any other DNA testing company

A portion of the Grau DNA Project's focus will be connecting the large number of GRAU families that immigrated from Europe to the United States in the 1700 and 1800's.

Another focus area will be locating and finding through yDNA analysis, related GRAU Families throughout the world and establishing family groups of genetically related Grau participants. Doing so will help the participants determine their country of origin.

When you become a project participant, your DNA sample will help build a Genetic Census of the Grau Surname. In doing so, this will help GRAU participants determine their country of origin and whether they have a genetic match to another participant. 

Thanks for your interest in the Grau DNA Project, please do not hesitate to contact the administrator if you have any questions.

This DNA Project is a member and supporter of ISOGG, the International Society of Genetic Genealogy. Please visit their website to learn more about becoming a member (it's free!) and help advance the cause of Genetic Genealogy.