Saturday, October 19, 2019

An Update on the Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Surname Project

The Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Surname Project - in one picture!

Are you a Y-DNA participant in the Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Surname Project?  If you're not, why not?  If you are, find yourself on the wheel above! 

Ok, that's partly in jest because the wheel is really intended just as a representation of the project, not for useful analysis.  It's created using the combined Y-DNA knowledge from the project fed into a website called the Interactive Tree Of Life, and all 16 of our current subgroups and all 176 kits currently in the project ARE represented on the wheel (by kit number). 

At the 2019 Vance Family Association Reunion, the VFA DNA Advisor (Dave Vance) gave an update on the Surname Project.  The same update presentation can be found online at this link, or also played directly here: 

Here's the summary of the 16 subgroups currently in the Project (the slide is reviewed in the video):

Origins of the 16 subgroups in the Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Project

Want more information?  You can go directly to the Vance/Vans/Wentz DNA Surname Project by just clicking on that title.   Also you can find the detailed reports on all 16 subgroups if you click here and scroll down to the table that includes all the details!


  1. Dave Vance, I am related to Jim Vance - can you please contact me via email would like to discuss a few things with you if you would kindly do so.

    1. I sent you an email FYI; it may be in your spam folder if you didn't see it.

  2. Hello Everyone, I am a descended of the William Vance/Elizabeth Backhouse line. I am from Ohio originally. I am trying to determine of Williams father was a John Vance and if anyone has any further information of the Vance Family history further back or any other information. I am especially interested in American Vance's that served in the American Revolution from this family line. Thanks for anyone's help. My email is Thanks