Our Guittard Y-DNA Surname Study has just DNA-matched the enormous family of Guitards in New Brunswick, Canada, to the Alsace-Ohio line of Bellemagny Guittards coming down from Jean Guittard, born 1614 and died 1704 at Bellemagny, Haut Rhin.The Y-DNA match is almost identical -- 66 out of 67 markers.So the New Brunswick Guitards and the Alsace Guittards likely share a common ancestor in the 1700's, who also came down from Jean Guittard of Bellemagny, born almost 400 years ago.(Incidentally, this Alsace-New Brunswick line is haplogroup I1 -- possible Celt -- as we would have predicted.)
Now we have a well-defined Alsace-New Brunswick DNA profile to compare with other American immigrant families and with French Guitard (and related spelling) families.
Our highest priority now is finding a suitable test for a possible match with Guittards in the Puy de Dome vicinity who likely come down from the famous 12th-century Guittard Family Commune near Thiers, France.
Would you or any of your Guittard/Guitard/Guittar/Guitar relatives possibly be interested in learning more about whether they are related to the Guittards of 11th-century Alsace?Or to GUITARD ISARN DE CABOET of Andorra in 1096 AD?Or to VISCOUNT GUITARD of Spanish Catalonia (Barcelona) in 966-985 AD?Or to KING GARNOT III (GUITARD) of Pictavia (Scotland) in 523-530 AD?Our study is intended to trace any Guittard-variation family line we can identify back as many centuries as we can and wherever its origins may have been, and to find which lines are related and which gave rise to other family lines in other parts of France or wherever the trail may lead.
The testkit is easy and quick -- two swabs of the inner cheek at 60 seconds each -- no blood involved -- no medical information recorded or obtained -- purchased at group-discount rates -- sent through the mail.This Y-DNA test requires a Guittard-variation-surname male.We use the leading testing company for DNA family tracing in the world, which has by far the largest databank and uses the DNA experts at the University of Arizona laboratory.
We are seeking Guittard-variation surname test candidates from Burgundy, the Pyrenees, Barcelona, and other locations in France and Scotland to compare with the Puy de Dome and Alsace-New Brunswick profiles.We are also seeking test candidates from the Missouri-Texas line of John Guitar (1794-1848), the Kansas-Missouri line of George Guittard (1800-1881), the San Francisco line of immigrant chocolatier Etienne Guittard (1838-1899), and other American immigrant lines.
To learn more about our Guittard family DNA-tracing program with extensive detail about Guittard families in France and America and our Alsace-New Brunswick match, please see our website at www.familytreedna.com/public/Guittard Y-DNA Surname Study