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Assyrian Heritage DNA Project

by Family Tree DNA - Genealogy by Genetics, Ltd. Assyrian Heritage.

Posted: Thursday, June 21, 2012 at 06:56 PM UT


Administrators | Surnames | Background | General Fund | Goals


  • Joel Elias — joandjoa [ a t ] pacbell.net, Group Administrator
  • Mary Yonan — yonan [ a t ] fgi.net, Group Administrator
  • Paul Givargidze— paul.givargidze [ a t ] gmail.com, Group Administrator

DNA

Surnames

Ablahat, Aboona, Abraham, Adam, Adams, Alamasha, Alamshah, Alawerdy, Aldawood, Alexander, Amoo, Amu, Antar, Aprim, Asfar, Ashouri, Ashurian, Assyrian, Awshalum, Aziz, Azzo, Baaba, Baba, Babilla, Bacchus, Badal, Balou, Barkho, Barkoo, Benjamin, Benyamin, Bidavid, Bidawid, Bookie, Chaldean, Colia, Daniel, Daniels, David, de Baz, DeKelaita, Desho, Duman, Elia, Elias, Elisha, Enwiga, Eshai, Es-Haq, Eshoo, Farhad, Ganja, Geevargis, George, Georges, Gevarges, Gewargis, Hasso, Hermes, Hormis, Hormizd, Hosanna, Hurmis, Ibrahimi, Isaac, Ishaq, Iskhaq, Jacob, Jacobite, Jacobs, Jacoub, James, Jatou, John, Joseph, Karam, Karoukian, Khamis, Khanbaba, Khanisho, Khedroo, Khubiar, Koshaba, Lamsa, Lazar, Malech, Malek, Malick, Malik, Matti, Michael, Mieza, Mikhail, Mirza, Mnashi, Muhbach, Nathan, Neesan, Newey, Nimrod, Nuwworhaj, Odah, Odisha, Odishaw, Odisho, Oraham, Oshana, Paz, Pera, Saliby, Samo, Samuel, Samuels, Sargis, Sargon, Sargoni, Sarkis, Sayad, Shabas, Shabbas, Shamun, Shappoo, Shimon, Shimonaya, Shimun, Shlemon, Shlimon, Shmoel, Simon, Sleman, Sliwoo, Solaimon, Soleyman, Solomon, Syriac, Tamraz, Tarverdi, Tematheus, Thoma, Thomas, Thomay, Timothy, Urshan, Warda, Wyrda, Yacoub, Yawalaha, Yelda, Yohannan, Yonan, Yoseph, Youkhana, Younan, Yousif, Yukhannan, Yuro.

Background

Who should join the Assyrian Heritage DNA Project?

The Assyrian areas in the Middle East from which modern-day Assyrians have their origins are the Urmia region in Iran, the Hakkari Mountains in Turkey extending from the Iran border into southeastern Turkey, and northern Iraq, all of which was the Assyrian heartland for the last several centuries. Before a participant can join the Assyrian Heritage DNA Project, he or she must inform the DNA Project's co-administrators (Mary Yonan yonan@fgi.net and Joel Elias joandjoa@pacbell.net) about which of those three regions is the site of his/her maternal and/or paternal Assyrian ancestral origin. Participants wishing to order a maternal mtDNA test must be able to trace his or her maternal Assyrian roots back to those areas within four or fewer generations. Participants wishing to order a Y-chromosome DNA (Y-DNA) test must be able to trace his paternal Assyrian roots back to those areas within four or fewer generations. If a potential Assyrian Hertiage DNA Project applicant can't provide the requested info, we won't approve joining our project. 

If your father's and/or your mother's ancestor's were Assyrians from the Assyrian heartland, you are invited to join the Assyrian Heritage DNA Project. Our DNA Project welcomes all direct line male and female descendants of Assyrian heritage whose ancestors were from the Middle East.

Why Should I Join the Assyrian Heritage DNA Project?

This is an opportunity for you, as an Assyrian, to order a DNA test kit and expand the Assyrian DNA database. By doing so, you will help to make sure that the genetic and historical past of Assyrians, which has been overlooked for too long, will begin to achieve its deserved recognition by the world. Participation in the Assyrian Heritage DNA Project by many Assyrians will raise our visibility as a significant Middle Eastern ethnic group that continues to thrive in the twenty-first century.

Every national or heritage group represents a mixture of many different peoples going back over tens of thousands of years. The DNA Project will help Assyrians discover what are technically called their Haplogroups, which are the early branches of human ancestry, and learn about the migration paths of their ancient ancestors.

What DNA Tests Are Available and What Do They Cost?

FTDNA is offering at reduced prices a variety of tests to registered groups like our Assyrian Heritage DNA Project. The following is our recommendation of tests that would be most helpful to Assyrians who want to learn more about their ancestry. 

  1. Tests for a man to consider if he ONLY wants to test his Assyrian father’s line:
    (Choose only one)
    1. 25 Marker Y-DNA test which tests the paternal line ONLY--$124 (US dollars) 
    2. 37 Marker Y-DNA test which tests the paternal line ONLY--$149 (US dollars)
    3. 12 Marker Y-DNA test for $99 (US dollars) {note: The 12 marker test will fulfill the requirements for the Genographic Project, but you will learn more about your paternal Assyrian heritage by ordering the 37 or 25 Marker test.}
  2. Combined Tests for a man to consider if he wants to test BOTH his Assyrian father’s line and his Assyrian mother’s line: (Choose only one)
    1. Y37-marker + mtDNAPlus which includes BOTH the 37 marker paternal and the high resolution maternal line DNA tests--$269 (US dollars)
    2. 12 marker Y-DNA + the low resolution mtDNA test for $179 (US dollars) {note: The 12 marker Y-DNA + the low resolution mtDNA test will fulfill the requirements for the Genographic Project, but you will learn more than twice as much information about your paternal and maternal Assyrian heritage by ordering the Y37-marker + mtDNAPlus test.)
  3. Maternal Line Tests that a man or a woman can order to test his or her Assyrian mother’s line ONLY: (Choose only one)
    1. mtDNAPlus Test which analyzes the high resolution maternal line DNA --$149 (US dollars)
    2. Low resolution mtDNA - $99 (US dollars)
      {note: The Low resolution mtDNA test will fulfill the requirements for the Genographic Project, but the mtDNAPlus test will provide twice as much information about your maternal ancestry.}
      (Since women inherit ONLY their mother’s mtDNA, this is the only test that a woman can order and it will test her maternal line DNA. It is necessary to add $4 shipping within the USA or $8 international shipping cost to whichever DNA test you order. Women do not inherit Y-DNA, so they would need to recruit a male relative of their father’s line to take a Y_DNA test to analyze the paternal line DNA.) To reduce costs, one brother can test both his maternal and paternal lines and his sisters (and brothers) can share the cost.

General Fund

To donate to the general fund please click here.

Assyrian Heritage DNA Project - Goals

  1. To try to learn more about both the ancient people who preceded the beginning of the Assyrian Empire and about the ancient Assyrians.
  2. To try to help Assyrians learn about the migration paths of their ancestors during the diaspora after the fall of the Assyrian Empire in 612 B.C.
  3. To encourage participants to add their DNA test results to the National Geographic Genographic Project after they receive their DNA test results. The Genographic Project is a landmark five-year study that will assemble the world's largest collection of DNA samples from people living in all parts of the world to map how humankind populated the planet. Since Assyrians descend from such a significant ancient civilization, a large sampling of Assyrian DNA needs to be represented in the Genographic Project's database.
  4. To help Assyrians who live in the USA and other western countries find relatives who are living in the West and/or in the Middle East. Men with matching or very similar 37 marker Y-DNA scores will have excellent evidence that they are related. They can then communicate with each other to try to determine who their common Assyrian ancestor was.


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