A new Gerhart-Gerhard-Gerhardt, etc. DNA Surname Project has been started on Family Tree DNA (familytreedna.com).My apologies for cross-posting on the different Gerhart-Gerhard-Gerhardt websites.
The Gerhart Project collects DNA results from any male whose surname is Gerhart-Gerhard-Gerhardt-Gearheart-Gayheart or any other variant spelling of the ancient name (gari > ger, meaning “spear”; and hard, meaning “hard / strong / brave”).Based on its derivation, it is likely that there is no close relationship among many of people who hold the name.Nevertheless, the goal of the project is to collect project participants into related groups mainly for the purpose of assisting genealogists and family historians with the identification of related families.
As the project administrator (pro bono) I would be happy to respond to any questions you might have.Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.I would urge anyone interested in DNA testing to go to the FTDNA.COM web site and read up on it.I believe anyone would respect any privacy concerns you might have, but if you are interested in testing (which requires scraping a little DNA from the inside of your cheek), it is most economical to do it through a project with the project discount.There is a SALE on today and tomorrow (April 20-21 concluding at 11:59PM on Saturday April 21st) from Family Tree DNA.It will save you about $20+ depending on which test you select.FTDNA runs such sales several times a year.
My family is descended from Friedrich Gerhard of Heidelberg Twp, Berks Co, PA.Friedrich was born 26 March 1715, nr Langenselbold, Hessen.Arrived Philadelphia on Ship Samuel, August 1739 in the company of William Gerhard (believed to be Friedrich’s father) and Peter Gerhart (relationship unknown).We have a family website that presents data from the Moravian Archives: Gerhart.org/genealogy.In addition, I have two of the volumes compiled by Dr. Spannuth and his collaborators.The complete work consisting of about ten volumes is on microfilm and is available from the Morman Family History Library in Salt Lake, at the Allen County Library, Ft. Wayne, IN, and the Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, OH.
This family regularly conducted a reunion at Hamlin, Lebanon County, PA with John Spannuth as our family Historian.I would most appreciate communicating with any member of this family and would be eager to have any male Gerhard/ Gerhart/Gerhardt descendants of Friedrich involved in the DNA testing.Please contact me directly.