Suppose that you had a distant cousin and your common ancestor was back in 1764. One son was named Lewis and the other named John. And you, in 2003, took a DNA cheek swab test to prove a theory about the origins of your progenitor. Now suppose that the results showed that you matched the cousin. And matched him so throroughly that there is no doubt that you are from the same line. This is what the project shows for descendants of Johannes Seitz of Germany b c 1764 > Philadelphia. http://www.halcyondays.com/Sides/dnaresults.htmhttp://www.halcyondays.com/Sides/dnaresults.htm
What is particularly interesting about kits 5309 and 5310 is that they match so well, despite almost 250 years having gone by. The 2 differences in the DNA are what are called "fast moving markers" meaning that they highlight differences within a particular family line but do not at all disprove a match.
There are, right now, 19 members of the project, 4 of whom have signed up in the last month so do not have results back yet. All variations of Seitz are included, most often Sides, Sites, Sitz, Scitzes, Seits. Side note (no pun intended)- would love to see the Walker Co, AL, Montgomery Co, NC and Madison CO MO participants upgrade to 25 markers-so far it appears to show a definite common origin (Johann Heinrich Seitz?) for these, would like to see how the relationship holds out at 25.
Consider joining the project- info is at http://www.halcyondays.com/Sides/SidesDNAProject.htmhttp://www.halcyondays.com/Sides/SidesDNAProject.htm - you must either be a male of Seitz (Sides/Sitz, etc) descent, ie, your last name is Seitz (or a variation thereof) OR if you are not a male Seitz OR if you are a female, perhaps you have a male relative, such as father, cousin, uncle, that could take the test as your representative.