FORTINEUX Surname DNA Study
The FORTINEUX family lived in the Palatinate in the 17th century and descendants include persons living in North America today with the surnames FORTNEY, FORTNA, FURTNEY, and FORDNEY. In 1981, descendants of the FORTNEY and FORTNA families made contact and discovered their common heritage as descendants of Jonas Fortney (b Lambrecht, Germany, d 1702/09 probably Otterberg, Germany) and Sara Menton (d 1715 Otterberg, Germany). This initial contact between the families, the first in about 250 years, led to many international family reunions and the 1989 publication of The Fortineux-Fortinet Family (Fortney, Fortna, Fordney, Furtney) in America.Unfortunately, not all families with the FORTNEY, FORTNA, FURTNEY, FORDNEY or similar names can be traced to Jonas FORTINEUX. The goal of the FORTINEUX Surname DNA Study is two-fold: 1. To discover the ancestors of Jonas FORTINEUX, including their geographic movements 2. To help people who believe they may be descended from Jonas FORTINEUX to strengthen weak genealogy paper trails.