Search for Jewish Seidler/Zeidler/Zaidler Families
Using DNA Testing
I am from a Jewish Seidler family that mostly settled in Baltimore (some in Phila.) in the early 1900's.
They came from small towns (like Orinin) in SW Ukraine near the city of Kamenetz-Podolsk.
We believe our name was probably Zaidler/Zeidler before coming to America.
Below is information about how DNA can be used in genealogy.
Click here to see the Family Tree DNA website
(this is the DNA testing company)
FAQ - Questions that people often ask about DNA testing:
1. How do they get my DNA?
They send you a kit with a swab to wipe inside your mouth (actually 2 swabs to do it 2 times for redundancy).
2. Can the results be used to determine any medical problems I have in my genes or be used by insurance companies?
NO. DNA testing does not test the part of our DNA that controls our bodies. You couldn't use the results for medical
purposes even if you wanted to. BTW, if you ever did want to get medical information from your DNA,
some testing companies offer a separate test.
3. How long does it take to get my results?
After you mail the kit back in, it takes about 6 weeks.
4. Do they keep my DNA sample?
Yes. It's kept at the University of Arizona in a temperature controlled environment. You own the sample and can
request it be destroyed or anything else you want. It is very convenient they keep them because in time researchers
may learn new tests that can be made to tell us more about our family genealogy, and we will never have to send
in another sample.
5. If I'm a male and decide to get tested, which test should I take to research my paternal line, the Y-DNA12, Y-DNA25, Y-DNA37 or Y-DNA67 ?
The number refers to the number of markers they test. The more markers they test, the more sure you will be if you actually match with someone else,
and the more it costs. There is no right answer, but I think the best is the Y-DNA37 test.
(Note: you can upgrade to the Y-DNA67 at a later time if it ever becomes useful.)
6. If I'm a female, can I be tested?
Yes. The test is called mtDNA and will test for your maternal line (men can take this test too if they want to research their maternal line).
A female can also have a brother or father take the Y-DNA test to learn about their paternal line. Only males can join the Seidler Surname Project.
7. What does this cost and who makes money on all this?
The Y-DNA37 test for males costs $189. The DNA testing company is a for-profit organization. I do not make any money on this.
8. Is there a web page that explains the terminology of DNA in genealogy?
If you have any questions,
please contact me: