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Switzer-2 DNA Project- Administrator Paul Pettit

This project has goals to establish well defined DNA composition of known early Switzer related lines with early origins though out the world.  This accomplished by doing relevant and detailed DNA testing using at least 37 marker tests. No one DNA test is the ultimate and definitive DNA representation of any specific ancestral Switzer line - also known as a haplotype. No one DNA test will be considered a proven Ancestral Haplotype until it is confirmed by a second test from a more distantly related but known branch line that is genealogically proven to be related.  Several DNA tests from different branch lines are needed to do advanced branch line comparisons. At this point the highest number of markers (111 makers are now available) are VERY MUCH recommended to do help determining the ancestral haplotype of a very early ancestors from before the 1700's.


The project has several aspects. Testing is circumstantial in that American and other Colonial country descendants are primarily the those who are interested and the driving force behind Genetic Genealogy. Descendants on Old World Countries across the seas do not have widespread interest in DNA testing and some places are quite biased by what they little they have been exposed, and they do not think DNA testing works or is worth the investment.  But having participated so little, they are not aware of the successes of DNA projects. The project has these subprojects relying mostly on American, Canadian and Australian descendants:

1. General testing- Finding connections between unknown ancestors and related lines.

2. Immigrant Ancestral Lines- Identifying descendants of known Immigrants with good genealogical foundation and doing tests to establish a baseline haplotype for each ancestral Immigrant Line. Two tests are done to confirm the haplotype from lines that are not closely related but coming from a common ancestor. Our objective is to obtain tests from descendants of two or more sons of a known Immigrant.

3. Determining Ancestral Places of Origins by testing more modern Switzer lines whose place of origin are known. By connecting known haplotypes of areas of origins we can map out where our ancestors came from if no records exist or were destroyed or no Immigration record for early Colonial Immigrants did not include this information.




American Colonial Ancestors whose DNA has been tested. It should be noted that where this is a good proportion of the Pre Rev War Switzer lines there are others and until definitive DNA tests are completed for them, there is a possibility that DNA tests showing a significant relationship to existing tests of these lines, may actually be representative more fully of some other Immigrant Patriarch whose connecting lineage may not have be known or has been established.




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Gosh I wish we could just get five more Swishers!!


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