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Welcome to the Arnspiger DNA Surname Project.  My name is Jo Arnspiger and I have been researching Arnspiger and variant spellings for over 30 years. 

I started this Family Project  to attempt to bring together all of the variant spellings of this surname, including Ernstberger, Ernsberger, Ehrensperger, Ernsperger, Ernspiger, Ernspiker, Arnsberger, Arnsparger, Arnsperger or any others that might be out there.

I believe that yDNA testing may provide a significant break through in determining ancestry to Jorg Heinrich Ernsberger, assumed progenitor of this family's members who lived in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York and Kentucky between 1775 and 1820. 

Because of the difficulty with the spelling of this name and the variant spellings that have been adopted, it has become easy to say, well that spelling is close, we must be related, or conversly, we don’t spell our name like that now, so we can’t be related.   yDNA testing can prove or disprove these assumptions.

This project is managed by WorldFamilies.net which is connected to FamilyTreeDNA only in as much as this group provides web space and templates to manage and analyze the results of testing and in providing discounted prices for the FTDNA tests. 

To be useful, we need participants.  Please think about joining me in this endeavor and sign up for your yDNA test.  Don’t know anything about DNA testing?  Below is a very basic, fundamental explanation of what testing can provide and how much it costs.

The least expensive test is the 12 marker yDNA and it is currently $99.00.  However, to be truly useful , I would suggest the 37 marker yDNA test which is currently $149.00. There are always specials going on, especially around the Holidays which are coming.  What a great Christmas gift for all us Genealogy Fanatics.

A little information about the different marker tests.  There are basically four different marker tests, 12, 25, 37 and 67.  The 12 and 25 marker tests don’t narrow down the generations to MRCA (Most Recent Common Ancestor) as closely as the 37 marker test.  Because of our surname and the assumption that Jorg Heinrich Ernsberger is the MRCA, it seems to me the 37 marker test is the test to use. However, if you believe you may be descended from an immigrant other than Jorg Heinrich Ernsberger,  then the 12 marker test would be a great one to start with because it would show immediately if you were related or not. Obviously, this is a very broad explanation of the testing results.  There are numerous other factors to consider once you get involved in this, but I hope this will give you an idea of where to start.

The different marker tests:

To determine relatedness, a 12 marker test must match exactly or have 1 mismatch.  So if my 12 marker test and your 12 marker test results were exact that would mean we have a common ancestor.  

To determine relatedness, a 25 marker test must match exactly or within 2 mismatches.  Again if our tests matched exactly or within two 23/25, that would mean we have a common ancestor.

To determine relatedness, a 37 marker test must match exactly or within 4 mismatches.  Here is an explanation from FTDNA on the 37 markers  37/37 Your perfect match means you share a common male ancestor with a person who shares your surname (or variant). Your relatedness is extremely close with the common ancestor predicted, 50% of the time, in 5 generations or less and with a 90% probability within 16 generations.

To determine relatedness, a 67 marker test must match exactly or within 6 mismatches.  Here is an explanation from FTDNA on the 67 markers  67/67 Your perfect match means you share a common male ancestor with a person who shares your surname (or variant). Your relatedness is extremely close with the common ancestor predicted, 50% of the time, in 3 generations or less and with a 90% probability within 5 generations

I think for this project to be successful and to truly determine if the various families of Arnspiger, Arnsparger, Ernsberger, Ernspiger, etc. are related, it is important that the 37 marker test be utilized as much as possible. 

If you are a member of this project and have a webpage you would like to link to please provide me the link and I will include it on this page.

I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining this project.  There are links on these pages to go directly to FTDNA for your test kits.

Please feel free to contact me at jarnspiger@cableone.net if you have any questions.

 

 

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