Scottish DNA - Clans,
Families, and Surnames (Alasdair Macdonald)
Alasdair is volunteer administrator for the Scottish DNA and R-L165
Projects at Family Tree DNA. He is a tutor and member of the core team
leading the postgraduate programme in Genealogical Studies at the
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Although located on the edge of Europe the population of Scotland has
been enriched for millennia by the arrival of successive waves of
immigrants. Alasdair's talk will focus on DNA testing for genealogical
purposes including the origins and inter-relationships between various
clans and families.
These lectures were presented at Who Do You Think You Are? Live 2014
between Thurs 20th Feb and Sat 22nd Feb 2014. Please note that these
videos are copyrighted to the presenter and should only be used for
personal study. They are not to be used for any other purpose without
the presenters express permission. Also, please note that because this
is a rapidly advancing field, the content may quickly become outdated.
The lectures were sponsored by FamilyTreeDNA (at
organised by ISOGG (International Society of Genetic Genealogy at
This web site will now
publish all DNA test results where the person has been tested at
FamilyTree DNA and authorized the public display of those records in our
Scottish Clans DNA project. You can also join our Scottish Clans DNA
project here as well if your main DNA test was done under a Surname
project for instance.
Your records are also then compared to the other records on this web site
and a notice of a match is sent to you automatically as other people
submit tests or join our Scottish Clans Project.
These web sites will also continue to carry the overall description of the
project and status reports.
The private web site at
www.myfamily.com will continue to carry the entire database ( 1100
results) and the associated detailed genealogy files, and other reference
I've also included links to the Scottish Clans and Families at Electric
Scotland. Alastair McIntyre has graciously allowed us to provide those
links for a general genealogy background on most of the Scottish Clans &
Families. Some of the reports also include an update on the specific DNA
testing programs for those groups. He publishes a weekly letter as well
that is very timely and interesting ( even sometimes humorous).
There are 4 components to the total Project. You can select any or all of
these items as you wish. There is no requirement for example, to do the
DNA testing in our project. We only provide this service as a means to be
able to have potential contributors obtain the discounts that are
available to all registered Surname and Geographic projects.
A: The testing at Family Tree DNA. If you request the DNA kit through our
project then I get access to the records. Your records are then compared
to the other records and a notice of a match is sent to you automatically.
You can also request to join the Scottish Clans DNA project from another
project so your records are then compared with the other test results in
the Scottish Clans DNA database. Family Tree is now allowing people to
have their results listed in several DNA projects.
Please look carefully at the various tests that are available. We are, in
general, recommending the 25 or the new 37 marker test in order to
establish more meaningful results. The 12 marker test can provide some
initial indications of a negative or non - connection, but is usually
too general to indicate any positive relationships. However, You are
welcome to send in a 12 marker test for comparison. There are mtDNA
results coming in now as well , but it is still early in that process so
there is fewer results to compare to yet. It is very beneficial to get
your results listed for future reference.
You may already have DNA results, or once you get your results and then
want to share in the database. You would then merely forward to Marsha at
the email address : firstname.lastname@example.org.
She will translate those results into the format that is used in the
database. However, we do not automatically include any of those
records in our database until the person submits them to Marsha and also
gives us permission to publish them as described in item D below.
B: The mailing list as administered by Lauren Boyd.
You would join the mailing list in the normal way by sending an email to:
SCOT-DNA-Lemail@example.com with the one word : Subscribe in
the body of the message. There is also a wealth of info available ( 3
years of research reports and analysis) in these mailing list archives
are at www.rootsweb.com.
C: The Web site as administered by Charlotte Braun. There are lots of
records, genealogy trees, advices, and misc information. The main database
( 1100 Scottish DNA tests) are available through this web site. The web
site is available by sending a email to Charlotte Broun at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or to
D: The "database" as administered by Marsha. This is then posted on the
private web site for everyone. We do this since it is only accessed by
people we know and not just the general public ( ala a general web site).
We would also appreciate it very much if you would let other Scottish
Descendants and Clan members know of our group. Please feel free to
forward this posting to anyone ( or group) that you think might be
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