by Nora J. Probasco
(Updated 19 Nov 2011)
In the late 90's I launched the Probasco Families of America website. My intention at that time was to bring together researchers who were researching Probasco and affiliated families. I started with a Probasco database where I compiled names from several different sources. In researching my own Probasco line I had run into a "brick wall" with my ggg-grandfather, Elisha Probasco. Being stubborn and unwilling to give up, I decided to gather what information I could and start a database listing all Probasco and affiliated families from the immigrant ancestor, Juriaen Probatski, In that way I could continue my research in both directions. I continued to mine various sources to compile the most complete database I could. What developed was a comprehensive collection of available data on Probasco families. My sources were primary/secondary records, published genealogies, information from researchers who contacted me, and public databases (IGI, World Family Tree, etc.). I cited sources for all entries so anyone I shared information with would be able to see the source I used and determine their comfort level with the information provided. I also attached a researcher's email address to their particular family so in the event another researcher contacted me researching the same family I could put the two researchers together.
Over time, I began to see many Probasco researchers who had also hit "brick walls" in their research. In some cases I was able to do additional research and help them to the next generation(s). However, in many cases I was as stumped as the researcher and that frustrated me. Again being stubborn and unwilling to give up, I began mulling over the idea of genetic genealogical research. I knew that traditional genealogical research might not find all the connections between the Probasco family lines. I began researching everything I could find on the Internet that pertained to genetic genealogy. What I found fascinated me and made me realize that this was the necessary next step to help get through the "brick walls". I realized that the next major step for all Probasco researchers was to determine if we all came from a common Probasco ancestor as I suspected. Thus the Probasco Surname DNA Study was born.
The next logical step was to find the best company to do the testing. After checking web pages for others who had begun surname studies, I came to the conclusion that the best company to do our surname study was Family Tree DNA in Texas. I contacted them about starting this project. To get group discount pricing I needed to come up with 6 participants to begin the study. I put out a request for participants on the PROBASCO-L mailing list and to the list of Probasco researchers I had listed as sources from my Probasco database. We started with 7 participants and since then, our study has grown. Recently we found a very close match to a Bartoszewski/Bartos family, and realized we shared a Most Recent Common Ancestor. Because of this we have changed our study to the Probasco/Bartoszewski/Bartos DNA Study. To date we have made some interesting discoveries. (See Current Results) If you are interested in joining the Probasco/Bartoszewski/Bartos DNA Study, please contact me.
The Probasco/Bartoszewski/Bartos DNA Study will perform Y chromosome DNA tests on men with the surnames Probasco, Bartoszewski and Bartos. The Most Recent Common Ancestor (MRCA) for those with a significant marker match (25/25 or 24/25) will be determined, and a summary report describing the results will be posted on this web site. Each participant will receive a report of his own results from Family Tree DNA,
All men with the surnames of Probasco, Bartoszewski, Bartos and various spelling derivatives of these surnames are encouraged to participate. Each male participant will provide a mouth swab sample to be analyzed by Family Tree DNA. This sampling technique is painless and only involves the use of a swab to collect a small amount of cells from inside of a person's cheek. The participant administers the test in the privacy of his own home and returns the kit to Family Tree DNA.
Family Tree DNA currently charges $149 (plus $2 shipping) for the 37-marker test. This is a special group rate, and costs for individuals who are not part of a group study are higher. If you are interested in participating, please contact me. Even if you cannot afford the cost of the test, contributions from others may be available to cover some or all of the cost of your test.
One way to lower the cost of this test is for a number of people from the same family line (both men and women) to pool their money and pay for one representative male to participate on behalf of all of them. For example, if a test costs about $100 and 4 people share the cost that is only $25 per person. If you are interested and do not know who may be interested in sharing the cost, contact me and I can query the Probasco-L Mailing to see if others sharing your family would donate towards your test.
You can participate if your surname is Probasco, Bartoszewski or Bartos, and you can document at least 3 generations back including yourself. If you do not have your genealogy done yet, I can work with you to develop a 3 generation chart. Contact me and I can send you a "Join Authorization" inviting you to join our group study. There are two ways to obtain your kit: 1) you can order directly from Family Tree DNA from the "Join Authorization" emailed to you, or 2) you can mail me a check and I will place the order for you. Most of the participants, so far, have opted for the latter.
FamilyTree DNA has other tests you can order additionally. This company only conducts DNA tests for genealogical study and does not do medical or other invasive testing! All results are confidential! To sign up or if you have any questions, please contact me. To be a part of the study, you will also need to sign a waiver giving me access to your info so I can compile the details for comparison as the study administrator. For more info about what tests are available and how these tests are conducted, you can check out the web site of FamilyTree DNA.
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