Neff Surname DNA Study

Neff Surname DNA Study
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The Neff Family Historical Society, Inc. of America has begun a Surname research project based upon and utilizing the latest Y-chromosome DNA testing technology. The Neff surname lines under study are those who immigrated from Switzerland and other European countries to North America from the early 1600's to the end of the 1700's.

The first phase of this project involves the identification of men whose descent from a Neff immigrant is very well documented, and the collection of their Y-chromosome DNA samples to establish our "Base Y-chromosome signatures."

Participants descended from 19th and 20th century immigrants lines, as well as those wishing to identify their family line to a Neff immigrant line are welcome to join at any time. Meaningful results, however, may depend upon the completion of the first phase of the project. 

The planning for this project is still evolving.  The most up to date information on purpose, participation, and results, will be posted to our sites hosted by and  

We are very excited about this project.  Other families with Swiss surnames already have DNA studies.  See Baughman and Longenecker, for example.

Eventually, as the project matures, we will bring all the data and links to a single Web site.

If you have further questions, or you wish to sign up, please contact the Neff Surname DNA Study Coordinator.  The testing fees are discounted for participants in surname studies.  Participants can get them by using this link: (Sign up by clicking here) or the one on our site at WorldFamilies.  Although the signup page is part of FamilyTreeDNA's site, it is not easy to get there from our project site there.

Not withstanding any language represented by third parties to the contrary, the information herein presented as the "Neff Base DNA Signature Project" is the intellectual property of the Neff Family Historical Society Inc., a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Neff Base DNA Signature Project and its results are protected under the copyright laws of the United States of America and the European Union. For information on obtaining use of the ongoing results of this project, contact the Neff DNA project Co-Ordinator. Furthermore, there is no warranty expressed or implied that the information presented in this study now and in the future can be used to establish with absolute certainty the paternal linage of an individual Neff family member.