Friday, July 4, 2008

The Rosa Surname Project

From Dr. Ana Quendo's Desk...

I wanted to inform you that we have been in the recruiting stages for (a maximum of 50) men with the de la Rosa/ Rosa surname from all over the island.

The following are the requirements:

* They must have a documented pedigree that includes at least to their paternal grandfather or searchable to their great grandfather (This means we must have photocopies of proof of relationship)

* If they are "un hijo natural" but have knowledge that their father and therefore their grandfather was/ is a Rosa, it must be documentable.

* Two individuals must not be a cousin or brother to any another recruit in the project

* Documents are MANDATORY

* Testees are through the Puerto Rican DNA Project

* The DNA testing for the first 12 marker panel will be absolutely free. This testing for these men, alone will run into thousands of

* If a Y-DNA result for a testee is a match to the Rosa / WIRTH sequence, further upgrade to more markers will be free

* Those who do not have a direct paternal Rosa ancestor but are
descended of a possible Rosa and wish to confirm or disprove their relationship to the the Rosa/ WIRTH sequence, may have a male cousin or other relative tested. However, their test will not be free but they may order at a discounted rate through the Puerto Rican DNA Project.

* Should this testee above prove to be a match, then upgrade testing will be free to the level we think necessary.

* Those who do not match will at least have benefitted from free testing and have a head start in learning about their genetic ancestral

* Those who do not match can continue their research and receive discounted testing through the Puerto Rican DNA Project.

Because the initial testing will be free of charge, the necessary documentation that must be provided is not a negotiable requirement.

The results of this quest will be published in a peer reviewed journal sometime in the future.

For what it's worth, this is also my own de la Rosa ancestry and like Sonia, my own grandfather is also J2 and most likely descended from a Pavón Sefardí from Toledo/ León, España.

Please send inquiries to or the

I am sorry but due to the amount of e-mail I already receive from the USA and Puerto Rico re the Puerto Rican DNA Project, I will not be able to answer any questions on this list. This is also because we wish to keep all inquiries at one location so that I may forward to our collaborators. So, if you or someone you know qualifies for this project, please write to me at the above e-mail. If you are not sure they qualify, I can help you decide by looking at your pedigree chart. Since there are only 50 men to be acepted, it is first-come, first-served especially for those of you who have documentation

Dr. Ana Oquendo Pabón

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