Speidel Family Genealogy

DNA Project

The Speidel Family DNA Project is a venture into the exciting and relatively new area of Genetic Genealogy. Using a painless cheek swab, male Speidel family members can help reconstruct the Speidel Family tree.

A 12 marker Y-Chromosome test is available through FamilyTreeDNA at a group rate of only $99 per test kit (compared to $159 for non-group members). The 12 marker test will allow us to determine, with a 90% probability, if a common male ancestor exists within the last 48 generations. The 12 marker test can later be upgraded to a 25 or 37 marker test to narrow the number of generations to a common ancestor down to a 50% probability within 5 generation and 90% probability within 16 generations.

With results from only three members we have identified a link between two lines that were not previously known to be related!

Members #2 and #3 show an exact 12 for 12 marker match which points to a 91.41% chance that they share a common ancestor within the last 600 years. This match is particularly interesting because one line is located in Germany while the other line has been in the United States for at least 150 years.

View the results at: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/speidel/

How can you help with the project?
If you are a male with the surname Speidel or one of the several variations, you can help by joining the project, taking the test and sharing your information with the group.

If you are a female with the (maiden) surname Speidel or one of the several variations, you can help by promoting the project to your father, a brother or a male cousin.

Why only males?
The DNA testing is performed on the Y-Chromosome and only males carry the Y-Chromosome. The chromosome is passed from father to son only. A chart that might help explain this can be found at: http://www.ftdna.com/tc.html

What do the results look like?
A good example of a project is that of my Dalton cousins. The project can be viewed at: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/dalton/ Please note that no personal information is being shared.

What are the goals of the project?
The Primary Goal of this project is to link together branches of the family that cannot be linked otherwise due to lack of documented records.

A Secondary Goal of this project is to determine the number of unique Speidel lines that exist. Do all branches descend from a common Speidel ancestor or were there several founding fathers?

Where can you find more information?
FamilyTreeDNA has a great FAQ section at: http://www.ftdna.com/faq.html

How do you join the project?
Please e-mail me and I will send you a link that allows you to order your kit from FamilyTreeDNA at the group discount rate. Our project page is: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/speidel/ If your surname is spelled differently than those listed on the project page, please let me know and I will update the page.

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