Surname DNA Journal – Sept 2014 News

Posted    Last Modified: January 14, 2015 at 10:50 pm
· Announcements

New Article

History, Adoption, and Regulation of Jewish Surnames in the Russian Empire, A Review

By Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull and Dr. Jeffrey Briskman
Analysis of the formation of surnames by the Jewish population of the 19th century Russian Empire. Description of the cultural and legal context of Ashkenazi Jewish surnames in Russia with examples taken from census records. Provides insight to genealogists on the legally mandated creation of different surnames within individual families followed by a period of relative surname stability into the 20th century.

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Surname DNA Award Nominations Open

Surname DNA will be honoring one or more genetic genealogists who have made an extremely valuable contribution to the field in the past year at the FTDNA October conference.  The award will include a modest cash prize as well as a plaque. Nominations must be received no later than Sept 30, 2014 and may be submitted via email to the Editor. Please describe the contributor’s accomplishments in the past year and why you think this person should be selected.  Sorry, no lifetime achievement awards at this time.

Upcoming Events

Brad Larkin, Editor of Surname DNA Journal, will be speaking at the upcoming Family Tree DNA 10th International Conference on Genetic Genealogy conference in Houston, Texas on October 11, 2014.

Brad will also give two presentations at the Genetic Genealogy Ireland 2014 Conference in Dublin, Ireland from October 17-19, 2014.  The topics in Dublin will include:

1) DNA versus the Irish Annals

2) The Future of Genetic Genealogy

See for more information on the topics and the event.

Surname DNA Journal welcomes original research papers on the subject of genetic genealogy. See our Author guidelines for more information and suggested topics. Research papers will be peer reviewed prior to publication which generally improves the presentation, quality, and soundness of the final paper.

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