Monday, April 12, 2010

YDNA links Liebensteins and Livingston in America

Since 2004, eleven men surnamed Livingston or Levingston with suspected ties to the Liebenstein immigrants in the 1700s have tested with FamilyTreeDNA or other labs and match each other closely.  They have some markers of other Livingston males, but always differ in the 13-25 marker tests from them while matching each other.  The Livingston Surname Project has these tests grouped together and marked "Liebensteins?" on this website:

Questions can be sent to the site administrator Andrew Lancaster-Boon or to other co-administrators.   We are eager to test other L* males, especially some whose German ancestors immigrated in the 1800s when the Liebenstein name was kept instead of changing to Livingston.  We thank all those men who have been willing to be tested; it has helped break down more than one brick wall.

1 comment:

  1. My father, Paul Arthur Livingston, is directly related to the Goris Liebenstein branch through Johann B. Livingston whose son settled in Orangeburg County, SC. I have only had him tested for the YDNA through the DNA Project. They advise that I get the "backbone" testing for Dad to confirm his Rlb haplogroup. Do you know if this is a the thing to do or should I get the autosomal testing? Thank you, Rhonda Lutz Also, do you have any info on the wives of the Leibenstein branch such as Anna Meyer? You can reach me by email: rhonda_lutz