Project Expanded to Include Kershner/Kerschner/Kirschner Surnames and Other Soundex Variations
(Primarily Soundex Codes: K625, K626, C625, and C626. Metaphone Code: KRXNR)
One of the first Y-DNA genetic genealogy surname study projects.
More participants wanted. Especially Europeans with these surnames.
Interested in the project? Read on as to why you should join and how.
Genetic Genealogy DNA Testing Dictionary
Filename: kerchdna.htm Internet: http://www.kerchner.com/kerchdna.htm Key Dates: Project Started: Feb 2001 First Two Test Kits Ordered: 6 Mar 2001 Webpage Created: 12 Mar 2001 Last Updated: 3 Oct 2007 By: Charles F. Kerchner, Jr., P.E. (GGP-Genetic Genealogy Pioneer) 3765 Chris Drive Emmaus PA 18049-1544 USA Notice: Copyright 2001-2007 Charles F. Kerchner, Jr. All Rights Reserved. Establishing links to this page is encouraged and permitted. But, reuse or reprinting it in it's entirety or in part in other websites, or in any other media or publication, without my permission, is not permitted. Printing a hard copy of this report for your own personal, non-commercial use is permitted. Subj: A genetic genealogy surname project to determine the unique Y-DNA chromosome markers for various unlinked Kerchner and similar sounding (in English) germanic surname family groups in the USA and to determine if these various descendants of various immigrants have one or more common male ancestors in Germany in the last 400-600 years and if possible to find their ancestral home villages or regions in Germany. Keywords: GENETICS GENEALOGY DNA Y CHROMOSOME GERMAN ANCESTOR SURNAME PROJECT
Project Success Stories To-Date
Some early Kerchner/Kirchner/Karchner/Kaerchner and Kaercher/Karcher/Kercher/Kircher and
ADAM1: Adam #1 Kerchner (spelled Kircher on one ship list) arrived 1741, Philadelphia PA, ship Thane of Fife. Adam had only one known son name Frederick. Since his son was younger than the other Frederick who arrived in 1751.
ADAM2: Adam #2 Kirchner of Mannheim, Germany, arrived 1748 Philadelphia PA, ship Edinburgh. Descendants known as Kartchner.
ANDR1: Andreas Kerchner of Oberlustadt, Germany, arrived 1749 at Philadelphia PA on ship Dragon.
ANTHONY: Anthony Kirchner of Lokut, Hungary. Spoke German and arrived in USA circa 1899 per census records. Settled in Norwich CT.
CONRAD1: Conrad Kirschner, 1669-1746, of Langenselbold, Hessen, Germany, who in turn is a descendant of Enders Kirschner of Herbstein, Hessen, Germany. Descendants of Conrad arrived in PA in early 1700's and settled in PA and MD.
CONRAD2: Conrad Kirschner, 1717-1791, of Windsor Township, Berks County PA, married to Catharine Bek.
FREDK1: Frederick Kirchner arrived 1751 at Philadelphia PA on ship Brothers.
FREDK2: Fredrick Kircher, born 16 May 1828, Wuerttemberg, Germany. Last of Louisburg, Miami Co KS.
GEOG1: George Kirchner arrived 1751 at Philadelphia PA on ship Brothers.
GEOG2: George Kerchner of Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany, arrived about 1860 and settled in Pittsburgh PA.
ANDR2: Andreas Kerchner of Mainflingen, Hessen, Germany. Settled in Holland, the Netherlands, in 1758. Descendants known as Kerkenaar.
GEOG3: George Kerchner of Germany, arrived in PA pre-1850 and settled in Cumru Twsp, Berks Co PA. He died in the Civil War. Descendants found in Lancaster Co PA.
HENR1: Henry Kerchner of Darmstadt, Germany, arrived 1851 and settled in York Co PA.
HENR2: George Heinrich (known as Heinrich) Kaercher of Obersulzen, Germany. Arrive in USA in 1853. Settles in OH. Married in OH. Descendants in DE.
JACOB: Jacob Kerchner a pre-1800 settler in York Co PA.
LOUIS: Louis Kircher, born about 1836, of Weinsburg, Wuerttemberg, Germany per U.S. Civil War discharge papers. Probably arrived in USA via NY as he was living there when he enlisted. Settled in Philadelphia PA after the Civil War. Descendants found in PA and NJ.
MICHL: Michael Kerchner of Freudenberg, Germany, arrived 1832 via Philadelphia PA, settles in Baltimore MD.
PHILIP1: Johan "Philip" Kercher, born circa 1720 in Germany, 24 Feb 1798, died 24 Feb 1798 near Manheim, Lancaster Co PA. He arrived at Philadelphia PA on 24 Sep 1742 on the ship Robert and Alice. This excerpt from the Kercher Family History written by John W. Kercher, Sr., around the year 1957, provides information on some of the early generations.
PHILIP2: Philip Kerchner arrived 1744 at Philadelphia PA on ship Phoenix.
Johann JAKOB Kircher born in 1731 in Geisselhardt, Schwabisch Hall District, Wuerttemberg, Germany.
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Created - 12 Mar 2001
Revised - 15 Oct 2007