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I previously noted that this surname was adopted about 200 years ago in our family and I doubt that others with the same surname are related (except for known cousins). It may be of interest, however, that I just had a report on the paternal line DNA. My Sachs ancestry ("originating" in Lissa, Posen Province, Prussian Poland) is very likely a part of the G Haplogroup and probably goes back to Biblical Jews. There is one match for my exact reading in the Family Tree DNA collection and the two of us have not been designated G people, but all near mutations are with G people. An educated guess is that we are almost surely some sort of unidentified spin-off. G is the label given to the first male in the line who probably lived in the area of Pakistan about 30,000 years ago. Like everyone, the clan originated in Africa. The Gs then moved back to the Middle East (among other places) and all identified close relatives (one, two and three step mutations) are listed as Askenazi Jews, almost entirely from Eastern Europe. In the fourth mutation there is an Arab reading from Syria and a reading from Senegal (Western Africa). The guy from Senegal is not listed as a G person, however, and I'm not sure how he can be explained. For genealogy "nuts" like myself I do recommend DNA tests, which cost about $160. Will supply details by private email. HFS