I am pleased to announce the creation of the Speer Surname Project at
Family Tree DNA. The objectives of this project are the following:
1. Determine which Speer family trees are related
2. Discover information not in the paper records
3. Discover information to help over come brick walls
4. Discover clues to help us with migrations of our ancestors
5. Discover clues to help us with our research
The scientists have discovered that a small portion of the Y chromosome
is passed from father to son. By testing this portion, you can
determine to whom you are related in a genealogical time frame, and find
out information about your distant origin. The test result is a string
of numbers, and contains no personal information. You will match or be
a close match to those men to whom you are related.
You must be male with the Speer surname to participate, or have a known
adoption or name change in your family tree, and your direct male line
was at one time Speer. Your direct male line is your father, his
father, his father, and back in time. If you are female, you would want
to find a direct line male in your tree to participate.
The test is easy and painless. A test kit is mailed to you, and you
swab the inside of your mouth.
Family Tree DNA offers several Y chromosome tests. The difference
between the tests is the number of markers tested, ranging from 12 to
67. You are encouraged, if the budget permits, to select the 25 marker
or 37 marker test. You can start at a 12 marker test, and upgrade in
the future, though this option costs a small additional amount. The
value of additional markers is in determining the time frame of the
common ancestor when you have a match.
I encourage you to participate in the project. Please let me know if
you have any questions.