Jurasits Y-DNA Project
...Where we stand:
We have received 37 marker results for all five of the initial
project participants, and supplemental results for an additional 30 markers on
four of those five. The five initial project participants are:
A) Two persons from Bilicskini house who were known to
be distantly related based on the available paper genealogy records.
B) One person whose recent ancestors resided in a Jivicsini house
(c.1850 onward), but whose deep ancestors (c.1800) once lived in a known
C) One person from Istokovi house in the line of
Alexander Jurasits (b. 1857) who lived, for a time, in a Jumestrovi house with his wife's family.
D) One person from Istokovi house in the line of
Kajetan Jurasits (b. 1853) who lived, for a time, in Istokovi #76 with his
We have also purchased and received a kit which is reserved
for a member of Sincsevi house whose "paper trail" genealogy cannot yet be
connected to the other known Sincsevi participant, but we have yet to formally establish contact
with one of two possible candidates identified from this Sincsevi house line.
We hope to make contact shortly.
Findings / Conclusions
These five men represent the house names: Istokovi,
Bilicskini, and Sincsevi. These houses gave rise to distinct Jurasits lineages
which appear to be unrelated based on the paper-based church and civil records
The DNA results CLEARLY SHOW, however, that all five of the Jurasits men tested
do descend from a common male ancestor who appears to have lived within the past
This is a MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH as it unites the genealogy of all these separate
The indicated haplogroup for the Jurasits Y-DNA is known as "R1b1c" (an ancient
European lineage with roots within Europe extending back up to 40,000 years ago,
with an additional strong match to the so-called "Western Atlantic Modal
The WAMH match indicates an area of ancestry in the past 2,000-5,000 years which
might be loosely termed "Germanic", as most carriers of the WAMH can trace their
deep ancestry back to areas of Europe associated in those times with Saxon and
This was a mild surprise, as it was previously thought that the results might
have shown a connection to Slavic peoples based on the known Croatian heritage
of the Jurasits family.
Finally, we have identified an extremely rare marker value at location DYS456,
at which our ancestors have a value of 19 or 20, while 99.9%+ of the population
has a value between 14-18. This is a potentially unique result, which will make it much easier to identify
prospective relatives in Croatia and Europe as a whole.
The following is courtesy of the online encyclopedia "Wikipedia"
concerning Haplogroup R1b1c:
Haplogroup R1b is an offshoot of
Haplogroup R1 (M173), characterized by the M343 marker.
Present-day Europeans with M343 also have the markers P25 and
M269. This defines the more precise subgroup R1b1c.
This subgroup is believed to have been widespread in Europe
last Ice Age, and associated with the
Aurignacian culture (32,000 - 21,000 BC) of the
Cro-Magnon people, the first
modern humans to enter Europe. The Cro-Magnons were the
human artists, making sophisticated
cave paintings. Famous sites include
Cueva de las Monedas in
Valley of Foz Côa in
Portugal (the biggest open air site in Europe).
The glaciation of the ice age intensified, and the continent
became increasingly uninhabitable. The genetic diversity
founder effects and
population bottlenecks, as the population became limited to
a few coastal refugia in Southern Europe and Asia Minor. The
present-day population of R1b in Western Europe are believed to
be the descendents of a refugium in the Iberian peninsula, where
the R1b1c haplogroup may have achieved
genetic homogeneity. As conditions eased with the
Allerød Oscillation in about 12,000 BC, descendents of this
group migrated and eventually recolonised all of Western Europe,
leading to the dominant position of R1b in variant degrees from
Scandinavia, so evident in
A second R1b1c population, reflected in a somewhat different
distribution of haplotypes of the more rapidly varying
markers, appear to have survived alongside other haplogroups in
Asia Minor, from where they spread out to repopulate Eastern
Europe. However, they do not have the same dominance that R1b
has in Western Europe. Instead the most common haplogroup in
Eastern Europe is
haplogroup R1a1, often thought to be associated with a
subsequent migration of
Indo-Europeans (or perhaps their ancestors) from the East.
(Note that in earlier literature the M269 marker, rather than
M343, was used to define the R1b haplogroup. Then, for a time
(from 2003 to 2005) what is now R1b1c was designated R1b3. This
shows how nomenclature can evolve as new markers are discovered
and then investigated).
contributors, "Haplogroup R1b (Y-DNA)," Wikipedia, The Free
(accessed August 1, 2006).