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Family DNA Testing
Posted by: Sandy Norton (ID *****8186) Date: March 28, 2004 at 13:28:29
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Hi everyone,

Some of you may be aware that you can now do DNA testing for genealogy purposes. There are many variations of the Kastner name all over the US and for that matter in Germany and other countries. I've always wondered how many are truly related. This new technolgy gives us a tool to use to help us. It certainly isn't an answer to everything but could help. It needs to be done on a blood male in the direct line. Why do DNA testing? Here's some ideas...

1. Establish the Project objectives

The Y chromosome is passed from father to son unchanged, except for a mutation about every 500 generations. Testing the Y chromosome will provide you with a genetic finger print consisting of 12 or 25 numbers. By comparing this finger print to others with your surname, you can determine if they are related.

The objectives of Surname Projects vary. Here are a few:

Identify others who are related
Prove or disprove theories regarding ancestors
Solve brick walls in your research
Determine a location for further research
Validate existing research

Often a Surname Project has multiple objectives, and the objectives may
even change over the life of the project.

Where I'm headed with this is there are many variations of the Cosner name. We know many of us came from the spelling Kastner and came from Germany. What I would really like to do is start a DNA testing froup with all of the variations of our name. I've always wondered if some of the branches are tied together. We can also include those in Germany. (That's what I would love to find out)

Is anyone interested in this project? Any males that would volunteer? If so, I'll be happy to set up the web site and get the ball rolling. I'll also try and answer any questions thatpeople might have. In addition, to review policies procedures and lots more about the program, please feel free to check out the main project site. Please contact me at if you are interested. Thanks, Sandy

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