An Oberst/Obrist DNA project is up and running at Family Tree DNA (http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oberst/).The project covers families named Oberst, Obrist, Oberist, Zoberist, Zoberst, Zobrist, Zuberist, and any other inventive spellings our ancestors may have come up with.
This is a Y-DNA project, comparing genes in the male chromosome.Since the Y chromosome is passed down essentially unchanged from father to son, Y-DNA testing can determine whether individuals descend from a common male ancestor.Positive DNA links can help focus or supplement traditional paper research. Testing is done from a simple, non-invasive cheek swab.
The project has a grand total of only two members so far, but these two tests have proven a link between a family that originated in Riniken, Aargau, Switzerland (via Unteröwisheim in Baden) and another family that has been traced back to Kreis Kreuznach, Rhine-Pfalz, Germany.
We are especially interested in looking for links to Oberst/Obrist families that originated in other parts of Switzerland and Germany.Financial assistance may be available for some documented lines.
But any male with a variant of the Oberst/Obrist surname is welcome to join.