I am the FORBES Genealogy by
DNA Project administrator. The surname project links members of our clan
who share our common surname. Participants are males* with the surname
FORBES, or variant spelling, who seek to check their paternal line for
genetic matching of the Y chromosome. We started the group to broaden our
knowledge of our unique and ancient Scottish heritage. We invite you to
join with us. http://www.familytreedna.com/public/forbes/
My personal objective is to authenticate my relationship to James Forbes
(c.1635-1692) of Hartford, Connecticut. The aim is to find genetic matches
to males with a clear, and to others with a not so clear, line of
descendancy from James. The paper trail of my research makes use of
circumstantial evidence between my 4th and 5th great-grandfathers. The
genetic match would solidify the connection. These personal goals
supplement the corporate goals of the project. I will list them here.
FORBES DNA Project Goals
1.) Gain insight into the origin of the surname Forbes.
2.) Establish or estimate the number of different ancestral lines found
among FORBES families worldwide.
3.) Trace currently known and unknown FORBES lineages to common ancestors in
the United Kingdom, Ireland, and English colonies, past and present.
4.) Assist genealogy researchers in identifying and validating their
immigrant FORBES ancestor and/or remotest FORBES ancestor through the 25
5.) Ancillary goals involve collaboration with other DNA Projects:
a. investigate genetic connections to clan septs; [Bannerman, Berrie, Berry,
Boyce, Boyes, Lumsden, Macouat, Macowatt, MacQuattie, MacWatt, Mechie, Mekie,
Meldrum, Michie, Middleton, Walter, Walters, Watson, Watt, Watters, Wattie,
b. investigate genetic connections to the URQUHART and MACKAY projects to
see if there are genetic matches. Historical documents speak of the common
origin of the Forbes, MacKay, and Urquhart families.
Surnames in Project
FAUBUS, FOBES, FORBES, FORBESS, FORBIS, FORBISH, FORBUS, FORBUSH, FORDICE,
You will find the program of value to your family heritage research. It
gives you the opportunity to see your place in the greater FORBES
community. Please consider joining our group and passing this information
onto other FORBESes.
Aye and Best Regards,
*Women can have their
brother, uncle, cousin or other male of their lineage tested for the
program. Only non-coding or ‘junk DNA’ is used. It has no medical value. It
will not identify you as an individual, and the tests are not as
discriminating as a standard ‘forensic’ profile used by the police.
Forbes Group Page
Clan Forbes Society