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Thread #172240   Message #4168321
Posted By: Helen
24-Mar-23 - 07:39 PM
Thread Name: Beethoven's death - DNA project
Subject: RE: Beethoven's death - DNA project
keberoxu, according to the article I linked to said this:

"Genes reveal a family surprise

"Genetic data from five men living in Belgium with the name "van Beethoven" shared on a commercial ancestry database, however, did reveal an intriguing family mystery.

"Their DNA showed the men were related, and genealogical records showed they were part of Beethoven's family tree, but their Y chromosome did not match Beethoven's.

"This suggests that somewhere along the line between 1572 and 1700, a male child, potentially Beethoven's father, had been born out of wedlock."