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Pepper DNA Project


The Pepper DNA Project was launched in April of 2005. The idea came almost simultaneously to two Pepper researchers, who were unknown to each other. They had both reached brick walls for which the only plausible solution was DNA testing. The goal of the project is to get DNA samples of several documented Pepper reference lines, enabling us to link current genealogy research to these lines. With the help of DNA testing, we plan to link the various Pepper lines to their origins.

We chose Family Tree DNA, one of the oldest genealogical DNA testing companies in the world to host our project. To learn more about DNA surname projects go to: Family Tree DNA. There are no subscription fees and we are all volunteers. No one is paid for working on this project.

This project is open to all variations of the surname Pepper, including Peppers, Pfeffer, Piper, Peppard, Peper, Pfeffers, Peppit, and Pipper.

Anyone who is a variation of the Pepper surname who has test results, from any of the other testing companies, is welcome to join this project. To do so, please Contact any of the administrators.

DNA testing is not a substitute for genealogy research. Instead, it is a companion tool to prove or disprove research, determine relationships, and to provide clues for further research. DNA testing can be an extremely powerful tool when combined with your genealogy research. DNA testing can uncover information that was not previously known, as well as confirm your research, and get leads for further research.

At this point, we have tested the DNA of many different Pepper families. Considering the fact that the Pepper name is not very common, we were initially surprised when we found totally unrelated Pepper families living in the same part of the world. The co-administrators initially thought they were from the same line of Peppers. DNA genealogy testing showed they were not related. Further information can be found on the Results page.

Because Y-DNA is passed down only in the male line, all males with the Pepper surname, or a variation, are welcome to join this project. Females may join by having a male relative with the surname tested. Both males and females may have their mitochondrial DNA tested, however this test will not follow a surname, but rather the person's mother's mother's mother's, etc. line.

All National Geographic Genographic Project participants are encouraged to join the Pepper DNA Project.

If you have tested your Y-DNA with another company, you may now transfer your Y-DNA results from any company that used the Sorenson 33 or 46-marker test, and become a member of FTDNA Pepper project. This includes results from, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF. To order the Third Party transfer, go to Order Third Party Transfer. For any additional questions related to Third Party transfer, please refer to the FTDNA FAQ section for help.

Benefits of DNA testing

  • Confirm paper research
  • Solve brick walls problems
  • Determine locations for further research
  • Identify ancestors further back and extend family tree
  • Trace prehistoric migration of family line
  • Connect with cousins researching your family
  • Develop a DNA database
  • Establish a country of origin

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The administrators of the Pepper DNA Project are not liable for DNA results returned from the laboratories of the DNA testing facilities. Further, the administrators of the Pepper DNA Project are not responsible for the accuracy of information submitted for any of the Pepper lines. The viewer of this web site is responsible for verifying any information posted.

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