A brand new website announces a brand new project to attempt to connect relatives of a very old immigrant group.
Family Tree DNA is a well known genetic testing company and they have just announced that there will be a mass effort to collect DNA samples and analyze them to provide test results to show relationships to the 1710 Palatine German migration groups that were split up and sent to various English colonies.
Henry Z. Jones (Hank) has presented an enormous amount of genealogical evidence through his famous books on The Palatine Germans of New York, as well as his work on the group of Palatines that were sent to Ireland, with some of those later also coming to America.
Doris Wheeler, Palatine DNA Project administrator, is the contact person for the Palatine DNA Project and her contact information may be found on the website at:
A full explanation of how the testing will be done and the comparisons are made are quite well defined on the website. Upstate New York is heavily populated by descendants of this some 847 family groups that came to the Hudson River Valley in 1710.
Quoted in part from a public announcement on a mail list: "Not only can participants learn about their connections to Germany but they will also learn about their very deep roots, the path their ancestors took out of Africa many thousands of years ago that led them eventually to Germany."
If any of you readers wish to participate in this study please check the website out fully as there are a lot of questions and answers presented to help you understand this project.
Please direct all of your personal questions to Doris Wheeler, and as always your comments are very welcome here on this Blog by clicking on the word "comments" at the bottom of this Upstate New York Genealogy Blog message and posting your thoughts.