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Posted by: Chris Yoder Editor-Yoder Newsletter (ID *****6858) Date: January 08, 2006 at 11:48:02
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The Yoder Newsletter ( ) is sponsoring a Yoder Family
DNA project.

HOW IT WORKS: The Y chromosome DNA is passed virtually unchanged from father to
son. Matching results on individual DNA “markers” on the Y chromosome
the descendants of a common known ancestor can identify the DNA “profile” of
that ancestor. Comparison of DNA profiles can establish the closeness of family
relationship between family lines with a previously unproven relationship. The
more markers which are checked and found to match, the closer the relationship
which can be assumed. A testing kit is sent and returned through the mail, and
a simple scraping/swabbing of the inside of the mouth captures the cells needed
for the test.

PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The Yoder DNA Project is intended to complement the
genealogical work on the Yoder family. The goal of the Project is to use
focused testing of Yoder male descendants to create YDNA profiles of the
earliest known common ancestors, and to establish or to rule out the links
between the various family lines. By “focused testing” we mean we intend to
encourage the testing of representatives which should provide the most
genealogically significant results to the overall study. This does not mean you
cannot seek testing under the project (and at project rates) regardless of
whether your family “profile” has been worked out.

For example, it is known that the Oley Valley Yoders and various Alsatian and
German Yoder lines descend from the brothers Jost Joder (b. 1607) and Nicolas
(b. 3/25/1609) of Steffisburg, Switzerland. It has been suspected, but not
proven, that the Mennonite Hans Yoder of Great Swamp, the Amish Yoder
immigrants of 1742, and Melchior Yoder of Weidenthal also come from this
family. If the DNA profile determined for the progenitor of each of these
is found to match one another, our hypothesis would be supported. YDNA testing
of living male descendants CANNOT PROVE who was the father of a Yoder
immigrant. It can, however, establish that a common ancestor was shared within
a certain number of generations (depending on how precise the analysis). It can
also rule out a close relationship.

See examples of what the results look like for other family projects at:
... Barton Peroject:
... Mumau Prioject:

SURNAMES COVERED: Ioder, Joder, Jotter, Yetter (selected), Yoder, Yoders,
Yoter, Yother, Yothers, Yotter, Youther

HOW YOU CAN HELP: If you are a Yoder/related surname male, you may want to
participate in the testing. As only one or two test results are needed within
any one extended family, we encourage folks to "pass the hat" and find a person
to represent them in the study. The Yoder Newsletter is also hoping to
partially subsidize the testing of key lines when needed. Contributions to this
end are welcome.

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