Y- DNA SURNAME PROJECT
As you can see by looking at this site, the surname we are interested in is indeed very old and has a long list of spelling variances. Over the centuries, name bearers moved from one place to another and family ties, if they ever existed at some point, disapeared.
There are several traditional genealogies for well identified branches, but, due to lack of written documentation (war destructions, too remote in time etc..) one can only speculate about a possible link somewhere in the past centuries.
Consequently, traditional genealogy will probably never bring a formal answer to this basic question: are we related or not?
Over the past few years, The DNA science/technology is progressively developing mainly in North America and in England as a new specialized tool to help genealogists in answering above question and a few more.. Why not make use of it?
Testing the male Y DNA can in fact give us this type of answer.
We are starting a NEIDHART/NITHART/NITARD etc. surname project with two companies:
and a new company in England specializing in Y dna tests (male only), on 21 markers and now 43markers: working with the only "genetic genealogy" lab to be currently ISO 17035 accredited.
A well established one in the US offering a variety of additional tests depending on what we precisely look for as well as mtdna tests for females:
If you visit these sites and also their referenced documentation, you will learn a lot about male/female DNA and DNA testing, objectives and jargon.
We have just started a few tests. Their results will be available by January 2004 in the surname projects that are being prepared. Their respective URL will be advertised later on this page.
Participant's results will posted anonymously under a test serial number only.
Please note that we are only looking at the Y chromosome which carries almost no useful genetic information except the gene that determines maleness. The part of the Y chromosome being examined is known as "junk DNA" since it has no known function, but is very useful to anthropologists and genealogists studying similarities and differences between populations and between individuals.
If you are interested in participating, please contact us by e-mail:
The protected e-mails are on page "about this site