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1) Determine if the KRUSE surname has a most recent common ancestor MRCA in Germany or elsewhere.
2) Determine if all KRUSE of the old Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany share a MRCA or are the same Haplotype.
3) Determine if other KRUSE from old German Provinces like Schleswig-Holstein, Hanover, Pomerania, Baden, etc. share a MRCA and are they of a similiar Haplotype or Haplogroup.
4) Determine how many different groups of KRUSE families exist and group them with similiar type and origin and share family information.
5) Help KRUSE families with or without paper trails find their origin and ancestry by linking with others with known pedigrees.

See my KRUSE Family Tree and website Kruse Family from Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany for more of my family details.

If you have a living male KRUSE with or without a paper trail we are very interested in getting a Y-DNA 12 marker test to help us with the above goals.  If matched with another KRUSE more markers will be needed to help determine at what estimated generation we share a common ancestry or MRCA.  We would also like you to post your KRUSE Pedigree at the World Families Forum.  You do not have to be tested to post your pedigree.  So please join in on the fun and excitement of helping to find KRUSE origins and connections.  The least expensive test is the Y-DNA 12 marker test at the group rate of 99 dollars.  This is non-profit for me.  To join the project click here.

Test results discussion as of 18 November 2007.

  • So far we have 5 tests back from Family Tree DNA.  We also have one result K-E from a KRUSE with a paper trail into Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.  K-E was tested by EthnoAncestry. No results so far show a common ancestor since the advent of surnames or about 1100 A.D. See intrepreting test results.
  • Results show K-1 and Ray Kruse K-E do not share a recent common ancestor.  K-1 is of haplotype R1a1 compared to R1b of K-E with only a 16 of 20 marker match.
  • Frederick Kruse, me, K-1 just has been tested with the deep clade test as R1a1.  This fits with the ideas for the Mecklenburg region inhabitation from Eastern European Slavic peoples as early as the 6th century from 1st century Teutonic peoples.  Haplogroup R1a1 (M17) marker arose between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago when a man of European origin was born on the grassy steppes in the region of present day Ukraine or southern Russia.  His descendants became nomadic steppe dwellers who eventually spread as far afield as India and Iceland.
  • Donald Kruse K-2 test result shows Henry Kruse is not a descendant of K-1 direct ancestor Marcus Kruse.  K-2 tested with R1b1c Haplotype compared to my R1a with their origins of Central Asia or South Central Siberia.  This group appears to have entered prehistoric Europe mainly fom the areas of Ukraine/Belarus or Central Asia (Kazakhastan) via the coasts of the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea.  Also a dissapointing result shows 5 of 12 markers matched.  This means K-1 and K-2 do not share a most recent common ancestor since the beginning of surnames.
  • Keith Kruse K-3 results show he is haplotype I1a and is also several markers away from the other Kruse and therefore is so genetically different that he does not share a MRCA since the advent of surnames.  Interesting his haplotype reveals his ancestors likely had their roots in northern France.  Today it is commonly found within the Viking/Scandinavian populations in northwest Europe and has since srpead into Central and Eastern Europe, where it is found in low frequencies.
  • Anders Kruse K-4 just sent his 12 marker test results to this project and is also not genetically linked to any of our Kruse families so far.  He tested with haplotype G with his oldest ancestor Jockim Kruse born abt 1630.  Jockim may have been from Germany then migrated to Lund in southern Sweden.  This lineage may have originated in India or Pakistan and has dispersed into central Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.  He will send in his pedigree soon that goes back into the 17th Century.
  • Jeremy Kruse K-5 has been 12 marker tested as R1a Haplogroup.  His oldest ancestor that he knows of was Frederick "Fritz" Kruse born in Germany.  He has no idea where in Germany.  According to the 1900 census he immigrated in 1885.  If he finds the church where Fritz married Katherine Johnson the church book marriage entry may show the town of birth.  His test results show R1a and is only an 8 of 12 marker match with me K-1 and even less markers matched with others. This means all results so far show no common Kruse ancestors since the advent of surnames or c. 1100.  The R1a lineage is believed to have originated in the Eurasion Steppes north of the Black and Caspian Seas. This lineage is thought to descend from a population of the Kurgan culture, known for the domestication of the horse (circa 3000 B.C.E.). These people were also believed to be the first speakers of the Indo-European language group. This lineage is found in central & western Asia, India, and in Slavic populations of Europe.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors
  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of the Surname and the Variant Spellings
  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname

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