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The DNA profile of the Gediminids

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The DNA of the Gediminids

The Gediminids represent a significant dynasty in the history of Eastern Europe. Originally Lithuanians, they spread their rule to large parts of Eastern Europe in the 14th and 15th centuries, leaving a lasting imprint on the territories of the modern states of Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Latvia, Poland and Moldova.

The Gediminid dynasty derives its name from Grand Duke Gediminas of Lithuania, who ruled from about 1315 until his death in 1341. He is considered one of the most important rulers of medieval Lithuania. During his reign, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania reached its greatest extent and possessed a union of the Baltic and Slavic territories of present-day Belarus and Ukraine.

Several lateral lines arose under the Gediminids, including the families of the Jagiellons in Poland and Lithuania, descended from Vytautas the Great, the family of the Trubetzkoi in Russia, and the families of the Radziwiłł and the Sapieha in Lithuania and Poland, all descended from Kęstutis.

The Gediminids played a leading role in the Christianization of the Baltic States. While most Baltic peoples converted to Christianity as early as the 13th century, the Lithuanians remained pagan until the 14th century. Grove, also known as Gediminas' youngest son, carried out the final Christianization of Lithuania in 1387, nearly 50 years after his father's death.

The Gediminid dynasty ended with Sigismund II. August, the last male representative of the House of Jagiellonians and Gediminids, who died in 1572. However, the memory of the Gediminids remained alive. In the following centuries, it was mainly the Radziwiłł, Sapieha and Trubetzkoi families that preserved and continued the dynasty's legacy.

In summary, the Gediminids played a decisive role in Eastern Europe in their heyday. They united various peoples and cultures under their rule and decisively shaped the history of the region for generations.

The Gediminids belong in the paternal line to the haplogroup N-M231.

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Unearthing Ancestry: A Fascinating Journey to My Roots with iGENEA DNA Testing

A transforming, seamless experience with iGENEA DNA testing led to the fascinating revelation of a connection to the esteemed Lithuanian dynasty, Die Gediminden, fostering a newfound pride in my ancestry and genealogy. (E. Gatzmann)

From the moment I decided to embark on a genealogical journey with iGENEA, my life has taken an extraordinary turn! The ease and intuitiveness of the process were immediately commendable, making it fascinating for even a beginner like me to venture into the world of genetics. Right from the start, the process was seamless, shipping was prompt and the instructions for the DNA collection were straightforward, ensuring a hassle-free experience.

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Much to my amazement, the testing revealed my lineage to be connected to Die Gedminiden! An esteemed Lithuanian dynasty that goes back several centuries, Die Gedminiden has been known for its significant historical role in Eastern Europe, which made this discovery all the more remarkable and intriguing for me. Realizing that I share common ancestors with such historical significance was a surreal experience.

Following the reveal, IGenEA offered extensive information about Die Gedminiden, which helped me grasp the depth of their historical contributions and made my connection to them even more palpable. Browsing through that unique history hinted to me something sublime about how interconnected our stories are, within the family and the world at large.

It is worth nodding to the responsive customer service of iGENEA that made the process hassle-free. They were ready to answer my questions, clarify my doubts, and guide me through my journey. Even after receiving the results, their consistent support in helping me understand the findings painted a clear picture of my ancestral roots.

Overall, my experience with iGENEA was not merely satisfying, it was transforming. Every step of the DNA matchmaking process became a step into unearthing my past, my history. This journey left me with newfound pride in my heritage and a deep curiosity to further delve into the depths of my genealogical background. At the end of the day, isn't that what drives us to explore our roots?

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