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Van der Merwe genealogy of South Africa

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This project is designed to collect Research Information, Discussions, Queries etc on the van der Merwe family of South Africa.

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Hi everyone,

We are trying to unravel the connections of the various surname variations that supposedly branched off the van der Merwede family. Due to the lack of any documentation linking van der Merwede / van der Merwe and van de Merwe (Netherlands) we are running Y-DNA tests to determine what if any relationship exists. Presently we have (2) van der Merwede males, (1) van de Merwe (Netherlands) and (1) van der Merwe (S.A.). We need more test subjects for accurate analysis.

We have started a DNA project study for the decendants of Daniel van der Merwede born 1180 A.D. This study is for male participants that are, or believe to be decendants of Daniel van der Merwede. Y-DNA passes from father to son virtually unchanged with only 1 marker mutation occuring every 500 generations on average. So male direct line descendants will have virtually the same dna pattern.

The lab performing the DNA testing is Family Tree DNA. They offer 12. 25, 37 and 59 marker tests. This lab is the same one used by the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project. They perform the most accurate DNA tesing in the field.

Anyone interested can visit the Merwede Foundation Website at: "Stichting van der Merwede DNA Project" or to sign up for testing at:;special=True&... <;special=True&...;;

Any questions you may have please email: (George van der Merwede - Project Manager)

groetjes George van der Merwede


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