The Johann Adam and Anna Maria (Mertz)
Family of Berks and Schuylkill Counties, Pennsylvania
Great news! Those of the Zehner Surname now have a direct link to their distant cousins and ancestors!
A Zehner-surname Y-DNA project has just been started. We seek both the recent and the ancient origins of Adam Zehner's male-line ancestors and descendants.
1) To test the hypothesis that Johann Adam Zehner (say 1735-1814) late of Schuylkill Co., PA, was a close relative of a certain Johann Michael Zehner (1745- aft 1820) of Alsace, Loraine. (N. B. Descendants of the later now go by several surnames including, but not limited to, Zenor, Zeanor, Saner, and Sanor. Further, some descendants of Adam Zehner now use the surname Zaner)
2) To assist in validating (or challenging) the documented genealogy of the descendants of the same Johann Adam Zehner reported in the recent book by William J. Zehner.
3) To assist the effort to locate the Germanic birthplace of Johann Adam Zehner.
4) To provide a public database in support of all those individuals of the Zehner surname (and all its current variants) who seek their ancestral past.
Initial test results suggest that the Adam Zehner Y-haplogroup is I1, a group that occurs in large numbers in Scandinavia and northern Germany. Our ancient ancestors were Norsemen.
We invite active participation by all those who are fascinated by our family origins. You can learn more about our project here: Zehner DNA Project
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