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DNA Studies

  • Moser, Mosser, Mosier Y-DNA study at FTDNA is open for free for everyone regardless of where you tested. Fascinating charts. Various name variations include Mosher, Mosier, Mosser, Mossner,Mossor, Musser, etc. Ongoing long term research project Please, if you can, share your Mosher/Mosier male line Y-DNA results with the study and the name, date and location of your most distant male ancestor! https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/moser/about
  • The BigTree (This project takes the Y-DNA data from individual test kits participating in studies on FTDNA and then maps the variations of the human male line following mutations back from modern times to ancient times. https://www.ytree.net/

German Moser Research

FTDNA's biggest Moser group is from Bavaria. Does anyone have good links for researching them? Lutheran Church Books of each town? How does one find that?

French Mosher/Mosier Research

Some, though not all, Mosher groups have a family tradition connecting them to Calvinism, French Protestantism, and Huguenot migration due to religious persecution. An understanding of the evolution of Protestantism in France can be helpful if researching such a group.

  • Huguenot Society/Huguenot Refugee Migration
https://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/ (Great Britain)
https://www.huguenotsocietyofamerica.org/history/huguenot-history/ (America)

Palatine migration

Research in England

These sources can be useful when tracking England's Records of the ancestors of the Rhode Island, Maine and Canadian colonial immigrants mentioned below. Watch carefully for surnames sometimes seen as Moger, Mosyer, Moyser, Moyger, Maugier and other variations. Keep in mind while some Moshers/Mogers/Mosyers may have migrated through England from France, Netherlands, or Germany, some may have very deep roots in England.

  • British National Archives Kew (Huge repository allows download of images of historic documents. In 2021 due to Covid allowing free downloads after establishing simple account. Uncertain whether service will remain free. ) https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
  • FreeReg (for the United Kingdom) (searchable online database of Parishes registers loaded by volunteers featuring soundex which searches for similarly sounding names) https://www.freereg.org.uk/   
  • "Family Search" Courtesy of the Church of Latter Day Saints (if you establish a simple free account this allows you to search birth/death/marriage records in what is undoubtebly the largest genealogical database in the world. Excellent online library of Genealogy Books, as well.) 

American Colonial Mosher group

This group is connected to Colonial Rhode Island, Maine and Canada

  • In The early records of the town of Portsmouth, Hugh Mosher’s surname is spelled variously as Mosher, Moisser, Moissier, Mosyer : Portsmouth (R.I.); Perry, Amos, 1812-1899, ed; Brigham, Clarence S. (Clarence Saunders), 1877-1963, ed. The early records of the town of Portsmouth. Publisher Providence, R.I., E. L. Freeman & Sons, state printers, 1901. https://archive.org/details/earlyrecordsofto02port/page/n7/mode/2up

Canadian Mosher group

This group is connected to the earliest Canadian Moshers, known as Planters and Pioneers, resulting from the Rhode Island immigration to Nova Scotia in 1760

About Paid Resources

There are some very good paid resources, but they are best used for finding primary sources. Please use caution when reviewing any unsourced pedigree chart whether from paid sources or free sources. Solid sources, whether from paid or free forums, are what makes your conclusions credible.

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