The Weisel Surname DNA Study

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The Weisel surname DNA study will attempt to determine the number of separate origins of the German surname Weisel or Weissel.

The Weisel surname is a place name with origins in Germany and Austria. By the 1600s there were 3 main population groups of Weisel. One group was concentrated in Hesse-Darmstadt 2-15 kilometers distant from the village of Nieder-Weisel. A second group was located in Bavaria. A third group was spread out along the Rhine river.

Genealogical records trace ancestry back only to the 1500 and 1600s. As the surname Weisel would have been adopted by families in the centuries 1100-1400, it will be necessary to undertake a DNA Y-chromosome study to determine how many Weisel lines of descent are genetically related.

The study will include Weisel surnames that have evolved into variant spellings in the US such as Wysel, Wisel, Whisel, Weisell. For known Weisel groups, where relationship and ancestry is known, a minimum of 2 to 3 individuals will be necessary to establish a definitive marker for the surname subgroup.

The Study

The Weisel DNA study will use Y-Chromosome DNA, which is passed from father to son unchanged, except for occasional mutations. The test provides a genetic fingerprint consisting of 37 or 67 markers, which will be compared with the results of other participants in the study. If two people have a match, that means they have a common male ancestor somewhere up the line. The test won't tell specifically who that ancestor was, but it can narrow down a time frame of when the most recent common ancestor lived.

The success of the study will depend on the number of individuals who participate and on the documentation about each line giving names, dates and locations of birth, death, marriage, etc.

Cost and Join links

The testing laboratory, Family Tree DNA,. Currently charges $129-$169 for the 37-marker test and $229-$268 for the expanded 67-marker test.

For the Weisel surname project to function properly, you should arrange your test through the "Weisel" group project. The link is here.

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