RESEARCHING & RECORDING the
HISTORY of the GERMANS FROM RUSSIA
and the GERMAN-RUSSIAN VOLGA COLONIES
Genetic testing is possible because our DNA has mutated or changed slightly over time. Males have a set of markers, particular letters in the four-letter genetic alphabet, on their Y-chromosomes. Once a particular marker appears by mutation in any man, all of his descendants will also carry that marker. The tracking is accomplished by compiling information on a large set of markers and projecting them back in time using algorithms. In this way, researchers can find that the trail of mutations coalesces in a single Y-chromosome whose owner lived sometime in the past. Y-DNA testing provides this information.
There is also MTDNA
testing to follow the maternal line
ancestors. Like the Y Chromosome DNA testing for fathers, the results will only
follow one line from me to my mother to her mother to her mother to her mother
and so on. Unlike the Y Chromosome DNA testing, the MTDNA results do not follow
a specific surname, making the results more difficult to follow.
For more information on my results from DNA testing see my first book
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