The French Swiss DNA Project is just getting started. We'd be glad to add anyone who is eligible. Eligible people are:
--Men whose paternal line (father's father's father etc.) goes back to the French-speaking part of Switzerland. These men can take a Y-DNA test.
--Women and men whose maternal line (mother's mother's mother etc.) goes back to the French-speaking part of Switzerland. These people can take a mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test.
Men who are eligible on both paternal and maternal lines can take both tests (with one DNA sample). Women whose paternal line is eligible (like me) need to recruit a male relative with the same paternal line.
The web site is http://www.familytreedna.com/public/FrenchSwiss
People who want to join can join via this site. In the space "Why do you want to join this project?" please include some information about your paternal and/or maternal lines (whichever is relevant). If you are not sure or have other questions about the project, please send me email.
The cost varies, depending on which test you choose. A minimum (12 marker) Y-DNA test is about $100. (Participants in a project get a discount from FTDNA's regular prices.)
If you have questions about DNA testing, look at http://www.familytreedna.com/faq.html
You might also want to join the DNA-NEWBIE mailing list at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DNA-NEWBIE/
If you go to the main page at http://www.familytreedna.com/
choose PROJECTS or SURNAME PROJECTS, then look down to GEOGRAPHICAL PROJECTS. The French Swiss project is under F.
The goal of the project is to find out how various French Swiss families are related, and the routes their ancestors may have taken to get to Switzerland.
The border between Switzerland and France has moved several times (I'm still looking for good maps). For this study we'll "count" any area that has ever been considered part of Switzerland, as long as the main language is French.
Looking forward to hearing from potential participants!
Carol Botteron firstname.lastname@example.org
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