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The Geer Family DNA Project
The Geer DNA project is a surname testing project developed since advancements in science have shown that the Y-chromosome is passed virtually unchanged from father to son for hundreds of years. By comparing DNA results, males with the same Y-chromosome markers (or near same, within 1 or 2 mutations) will likely share a common male ancestor. When combined with traditional genealogical research, results provide an incredibly accurate picture of paternal ancestry. Many times this information will confirm a paper trail of one's family history, but in some cases the results can disprove long standing beliefs as to one's biological ancestry.
Note, however, that when results disprove a genetic link to others of the same surname, there can be many reasons for the difference - such as varying countries of origin, a flawed paper trail or unrecorded event like adoption, intentional name change or unmarried spouses. No matter how DNA results come out - you're still a member of Geer family.
The GEER DNA Project works to:
What Is DNA? DNA (or DeoxyriboNucleic Acid) is a molecule found in the center (or nucleus) of a cell that contains genetic instructions for building living organisms. This chemical structure, known as a gene, is packaged in 23 pairs known as chromosomes. Each individual has 46 chromosomes, 23 received from each parent. It is in the 23rd chromosome pair that males receive one X- and one Y-chromosome, while females receive two X-chromosomes, thus allowing researchers a new avenue to trace paternal ancestry on the unchanging Y-chromosome by measuring the number of sequences (repeats) of DNA pieces collected in a simple cheek swab by participants. For a full explanation of DNA see: Genetics & Genealogy - An Introduction With Some DNA Case Study Examples by Charles F. Kerchner, Jr.
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