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Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Posted: 1012603656000
Classification: Query
Dear All:

There is an emerging interest in looking at the
possibility of developing a database of the
DNA markers for the Scottish Clans and Septs.

The Scottish clans are very unique in that the
Clans have been identified and family relationships
tracked for hundreds of years. Some Clan family
have documented histories stretching back to
before 1000 AD ( and some back to 500AD) .

So this leads to some interesting possibilities
of identifying current clan family members and
determining if the Scottish ancestry line can
be identified. Some have cautioned: be careful
because you may find out that you are not who
you think you are :-). Non-paternity events
were as frequent then as they are now.

There is also an interesting mailing list here on
Rootsweb :

It turns out that A couple of factors make this
a very interesting study for the Clans to be
involved in.

A: The mtDNA passes down from mother to daughter
only. So the matriarch of the family becomes
clearly identified and traceable. Scottish
history is one of the few in the world where
female lineage was often documented. Note that
non paternity events don't occur in this DNA
since obviously the mother knows her daughter
is her offspring.
B: The Y DNA passes from father to son. Then we can
again provide a clear line of potential coordination
between the written documentation and the DNA

There are some other fine points of the DNA identification
and you can find out a lot more in the archives of the
mailing list.

Anybody that is really interested in participating
should please reply to me at the email address below
or reply to this message post.
Then just list only your interest, surname , contact info
and potential Clan association. I don't want to
clog up the archives with a lot of "me too" emails
and board posts. :-) Any comments or questions are
appropriate to post.

Someone will then contact you for further details and
how to proceed. Please note there will probably be
cost of some amount for the DNA test. I don't know
what that amount is for the test but it probably about
$250. My initial survey indicates that we will want
the 23 marker DNA test to get some definitive answers.
I expect to get more details next week.

Please feel free to pass this message along to other
mailing lists and boards that may have a high per centage
of Scottish Clan or Sept descendants.

Should be an interesting database over the months and
years :-) Was that my Chief ???

Best Regards
John A Hansen
Clan Board and List Admin

Re: Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Donald Guthrie (View posts)
Posted: 1047138339000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Guthrie
I am interested in DNA testing. I am not able to trace my Guthrie line back past my gg grandfather. I know several familie names are using DNA testing to establish/ proof relationships. Let me know when you start.

Re: Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Posted: 1047144895000
Classification: Query
Dear Donald:

The Scot-DNA program has been going about a year
now. There have been about 80 tests done and there
is over 130 test results in the Database. ( You can
have results included even if you are tested outside
the Scot-DNA program). We only provide the access
for the DNA test in order that people can get the
group rates.

You can get the test done at
You can find the program list by scrolling down under
the S list until you see the SCOT-DNA.

There is also a mailing list for Scot-DNA and
a private web site You would subscribe to the
mailing list in the normal way and the access to
the web site can be obtained by sending an
email to

Thanks for your interest.

Best Regards
John A Hansen

Re: Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Donald Guthrie (View posts)
Posted: 1047167568000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Guthrie
Bear with me please. I am going to have DNA testing done one way or another. I want to find out what my choices are. Since I do not know my Scottish connection, if it exists, is there any good reason to participate in the ScotDNA testing? If I particiipate in the ScotDNA testing will my results be compared to other groups or just the ScotDNA? By reading at the FamilyTreeDNA site it appears that if I submit my sample, they will search their entire database for matches and continue look for matches as their database expands. Are the results of the ScotDNA testing also compared to this database or just to some smaller database. If I have testing done outside ScotDNA can I give you my results so you can see if there are any matches.

Please let me know your opinion. I do not know where my branch connects to the tree.

Re: Scottish Clan DNA Testing

Posted: 1047185223000
Classification: Query

Dear Donald.

You can do your testing under any project at
Family Tree. Those results can thence be used
by any database ( including Scot-Dna).

The only benefit to having the test done under
the Scot-Dna project ( or any of the projects)
is that you then get the group rate vs the
individual rate as quoted. You results can be
used by any of the databases etc that are now
coming on line.

Hope this helps
Best Regards
John A Hansen
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