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The following Surnames are currently included in this project:

Murtishaw, Mottershaw, Murtiashaw, Mothershead, Mottershead

Murtishaw/Mottershaw Surname Project is open to all families with this surname, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  A discussion of the various names can be found on the Discussion tab.  (If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)   

The Murtishaw/Mottershaw Surname Project was started to:

1.     Determine if American Murtishaws and Murtiashaws have a common ancestor

2.     Determine whether the British Mottershaws have a common ancestor

3.     Determine if the Murtishaw, Murtiashaw, Mottershaw and other persons with similar names have a common ancestor 

4.     Identify how the participants' families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.

5.     Identify and confirm genetic Lineages of ancestral families.

6.     Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed 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 your Surname and the spelling variations
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost

Click here to order a DNA test in the Murtishaw/Mottershaw Surname Project.  We highly recommend a 37-marker test as the intial member has proven to be the most common Haplogroup in Europe and a 12-marker test is thus unlikely to provide meaningful results. 

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