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Baschi Meyer Project

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The Baschi Meyer Project: Descendants, Documentation, and DNA

Baschi Meyer (1592-abt.1640) of Switzerland and his wife Otilla (Mueller) Meyer (1598-1639) are easily recognized names on many family trees, especially among those tracing their Brethren or Mennonite Anabaptist roots. However, while Baschi and Ottila's Swiss origins are relatively well documented, their descendants' flight from religious persecution is far less so. Multigenerational migrations across Europe and the Atlantic, loss of records, intermarriages between a small number of families, and reuse of the same few names are some of the difficulties faced by genealogists researching these ancestors. Now, modern science has brought a new twist to this saga: DNA. At least 3 different and mutually exclusive Y-DNA haplogroups claim descent from the family of Baschi and Ottila!

The goal of this project is to bring both documentation and DNA to help sort this out, and help people find their right ancestors! This includes helping people with DNA matches but no documentation to identify their correct family line, and helping people whose Baschi-related documentation is incorrect to find their correct family line.

Often ancestry trees on the internet list names and dates with no sources, and when sources are listed they are usually for secondary research, or simply to someone else's unsourced tree. For this project we will collect properly cited primary or secondary sources, and clearly label guesses or assumptions, so that others can follow or improve our work later. We will document our findings at WikiTree, a free and collaborative single family tree, available for anyone to reference or contribute to.

Furthermore, we will seek participation through DNA testing to help identify discrepancies in current documentation, and further support known or discovered lineages. It is expected that y-DNA and mt-DNA will be the most useful tests for this purpose. Autosomal testing (e.g. Ancestry DNA, FTDNA FamilyFinder) may indicate that a family connection exists, but is unlikely to offer conclusive evidence about the nature of the connection, given the remoteness of the relationships and the frequent intermarriages between families.

The scope of this project is not strictly limited to Baschi's descendants; those of his siblings and cousins are welcome as well. And finally, this project is defined by its goals, not its members; it is not centrally run or organized, but is open to any who would participate as they can and are interested.

Will you join us? If you are interested, here are a few things you can do:

  • Make sure your family tree is up to date here at
    • Include sources where you have them, using the WikiTree standards so that others can follow the information.
    • Include your research notes: document specific questions you have, as well as information you have researched and determined not to apply to your specific ancestor.
  • Follow the tag Baschi_Meyer_Project
  • Consider inviting relatives who are male-line descendants of the Meyer family to participate in y-DNA testing (see the Myers Surname Project at FTDNA for further information)
  • Tell us about your connection to Baschi‚Äôs family by posting a comment here on this page, in G2G using the project tag, or by private message. Thanks!

Known Y-DNA Lines

We've created a page explaining the known Y-DNA claims to Baschi's family, with handy links.

Source Reviews

We've started a literature review of known sources, as they pertain to the Baschi Meyer Project. If you are looking for advice on the available sources, check it out.

Jane Evans Best ID Chart

Best's 1998 IDs for Baschi and first 2 generations:

MC - Baschi Meyer (1592-abt.1640)
MC1 - Johannes Meyer (abt.1621-aft.1685)
MC11 - Christian Meyer (abt.1662-abt.1730)
MC12 - Unknown (b. ca. 1655, m. by 1685)
MC13 - Hans Meyer (1665-1722)
MC14 - Unknown (?dau. Meyer, b. ca. 1668. m. ca. 1688, Hans Brubaker (BL1152) of lbersheim)
MC15 - Unknown (b. ca. 1671)
MC16 - Unknown (b. ca. 1675)
MC17 - Unknown (b. ca. 1677)
MC18 - Rudolph Meyer (1680-abt.1767)
MC2 - Anna Meyer (1631-)
MC3 - Samuel Meyer (1634-1700)
MC4 - Jacob Mueller Meyer (1636-aft.1685)
MC41 - Ulrich Meyer (abt.1668-bef.1741)
MC42 - Christian Meyer (abt.1676-abt.1751)
MC43 - Hans Meyer (abt.1680-abt.1748)
MC44 - Jacob Meyer (abt.1684-abt.1747)
MC5 - Casper Meyer (1639-1700)

Expanded Dorothy Adams's ID Chart

Adams's 1987 IDs for Hans Meier of Pequea, and first 2 generations:

M - Hans Meyer (1665-1722) (Also Jane Evans Best M13)
M1 - Hans Konret Mier (abt.1690-1721)
M11 - Barbara m. Valentine Schultz
M12 - Unnamed, d. by 1756
M2 - Jacob Meyer (abt.1693-abt.1755)
M3 - Hans Meyer (abt.1700-1760)
M31 - Jacob Meyer (1721-1793)
M32 - Christian Meyer (abt.1721-1793)
M33 - John Meyer (1722-1787)
M34 - Abraham Meyer (1730-1771)
M35 - Mary (Moyer) Bare (1721-1759)
M36 - Barbara (Meyer) Smith (1727-1780)
M4 - Annalee Meyer (1698-1727)
M5 - Elizabeth Meyer (1700-1755)
M6 - Mary (Meyer) Shank (1704-1744)
MX - Unidentified (Adams speculates may be Michael (Meyer) Myers (1676-1751) or Rudolph (Myer) Meyer (1680-1767), Best speculates may be Abraham Meyer (abt.1690-1738))
MX1 - Hans Myer "the Nephew" (abt.1722-abt.1789)
? - Adams speculates Michael (Meyer) Myers (1676-1751) belongs here.
? - Adams speculates Rudolph (Myer) Meyer (1680-1767) belongs here, Best (1998) places him one generation further back as a brother to M Hans Meyer (1665-1722).
? - Best (1998) speculates Abraham Meyer (abt.1690-1738) belongs here and IDs him as MC137.

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