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DNA-based genealogy project starting for the GANZ / GANS / GENZ / GENS family

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DNA-based genealogy project starting for the GANZ / GANS / GENZ / GENS family

Posted: 7 Jun 2005 7:15PM GMT
Classification: Query
Dear GANZ / GANS / GENZ / GENS family researcher,

I am writing to inform you that a DNA-based "surname project" has been
started to research this family, and would like to ask if you would
please consider participating.

I am *not* affiliated with any company or group, and I'm not selling
anything; I am an amateur genealogist who has been looking at both my
family tree and my husband's family tree for some time. My husband's
GANZ family line ends, as far as we can tell, in a small town in
northeastern Hungary with an ancestor born circa 1850. Frustrated by
the difficulty in finding written records to research and thus running
out of the usual "paper trails" to pursue, I started looking into the
nascent science of genetic genealogy, or using DNA tests to re-connect
family trees.

Both my husband and I tested with a company called FamilyTreeDNA, and
both of us have luckily found people who were close genetic
matches--in other words, distant family!--using this technique. Many
other genealogists have started turning to this research route as
well, and have used it to figure out or confirm family relationships.
For example, the ROSE family surname project has over 262 particpants
already and has helped many of their members figure out exactly how
they are related to one another and who their common ancestors are.
Now it's time for the GANZ/GANS/GENZ/GENS family to hopefully match
that kind of success. Therefore, this invitation is being mailed out
to people who have indicated that they are researching this family
tree in hopes that some will join this exciting project.

FamilyTreeDNA was chosen as the vendor for the surname project because
I believe they are the best genealogical DNA testing company out there
at the moment. Their prices are reasonable and they already host over
1,800 different surname projects (many of them with hundreds of
particpants). Recently, they were chosen to work with IBM and
National Geographic on "The Genographic Project", testing an estimated
100,000 samples over five years from ethnic groups around the world to
create a map of human biodiversity and migration patterns. For more
information, please take a look at their webpage:

And while you're at it, please take a look at our project webpage:

All our public data is listed here. You'll notice that we only have
one participant so far--that would be my lucky husband. :-) He
tested at the most precise level that FamilyTreeDNA offers so far: 37
markers. This means that 37 different alleles on his Y-chormosome
were analyzed and the number of repeat values at each site was
reported--which is what all those numbers are at the bottom of the
page. If two people tested and matched on 35 out of 37 markers, that
would indicate that they probably shared a common ancestor in the past
400 years. This could help each of them by suggesting new avenues of
research to pursue or geographical areas to look into.

Only male particpants with the GANZ/GANS/GENZ/GENS family in their
direct paternal line can participate in this project, as the test
looks at alleles on the Y-chromosome, which only males have. Female
GANZ/GANS/GENZ/GENS participants can ask a brother or father to submit
a sample for them instead. And by "sample", I mean "spit", not
anything else--FamilyTreeDNA test kits come with a plastic
toothbrush-like thing that swooshes around on the inside of your cheek
and then is sent back to the lab in a sterile container for analysis.

If you are interested in joining the GANZ/GANS/GENZ/GENS surname
project, the procedure is really pretty simple. Click the link in the
upper lefthand section of this page where it says "join this group":

This will take you to a webpage where you can order a test kit from
FamilyTreeDNA. Fill in the requested information and order one of the
Y-chromosome (Y-DNA) tests offered. While a 12-marker test is the
lowest resolution test offered and is also the least expensive ($99),
it is recommended that particpants in this project test at least 25
markers for the more precise ability to determine potential
relationships. Of course, tests can always be upgraded to more
markers at a later date, so you can pick a low number and then upgrade
your sample to a higher number if you find a match with another
particpant and want to confirm how closely you two are related. Test
kits take about four weeks to process, and results will be posted to
the website when available, but without any personally identifying
data unless you agree to share it. Hopefully, as more people from
this family begin to test, we will be able to connect people back into
family trees by confirming that they had a common ancestor 600 or 300
years ago, or even more recently than that.

Finally, if you are aware of any other branches of the
GANZ/GANS/GENZ/GENS family that were not copied on this e-mail, please
feel free to forward this message on to them in case they are
interested in participating. Even if you are not interested in this
project or are ineligible to particpate, you can keep up with our
progress by checking in on our website from time to time to see who
we've matched so far.

Feel free to e-mail me with any questions. I hope to see some of you
signing up soon, and I hope even more that some of us will discover
family linkages! Consider this the 21st Century way to do genealogy.


Brooke Schreier Ganz
Los Angeles, California
SubjectAuthorDate Posted
Brooke Ganz 8 Jun 2005 1:15AM GMT 
CarolinHixon 27 Aug 2009 5:02PM GMT 
Brooke Ganz 27 Aug 2009 5:36PM GMT 
CarolinHixon 27 Aug 2009 6:42PM GMT 
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