We seek connections between the various Finger lines, many of which are referenced at www.fingerfamily.com
Of particular interest are the descendants of Johannes Vinger (Finger) who emigrated from the Palatinate (Rhein-Pfalz) to New York in 1710; Samuel Finger born before 1568 in Muenden, now Viermuenden, in Hessen in Germany, with many well-documented descendants in Bottendorf, Wangershausen, and the United States; and Peter Finger who emigrated from Germany to Pennsylvania in 1749, and died in North Carolina in 1792 after founding the line of Fingers in the Southern United States. Peter Finger is suspected to have come from a Mennonite family originally from Switzerland.
ALL Finger families are welcomed and encouraged to participate.
Look at http://www.dnaheritage.com/surnameform.asp?GroupUnique=522515382&Surname=Finger
for more information.
We recommend 43 markers for the highest accuracy in establishing relatedness. Fewer markers, like 23, will still give an indication of relatedness but with less certainty. You don't have to use DNAheritage for your testing, if you don't want to, but their pricing is competitive. If you've already had your DNA tested, please submit the results to me and I'll tell you how you fit with other Fingers in the Project.
What these DNA results will tell us is how closely different Fingers who participate are related. We will be able to say whether two individuals are closely related, distantly related, or not related at all. Furthermore, we will be able to define each participant's most likely haplogroup (that's a fancy word for DNA clan). Many of these haplogroups can found at www.wikipedia.org (search on HAPLOGROUP), and at www.nationalgeographic.com/genographic
To participate in the Finger Surname DNA Project, your family name must be FINGER, and you must be male. This is not male chauvinism - it's simply that only males with the FINGER surname carry the Y-chromosome that will be tested for the various markers.
Thanks for reading, and good luck on researching your genealogy. Remember, when the paper trail runs out, all you have left is DNA!
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