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 and sept 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 : Genealogy-DNA-L@rootsweb.com
It turns out that a couple of factors make this
a very interesting study for the Clans to be
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. There 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
Anybody that is really interested in participating
should please reply to me at the email address below
or reply to this message post. We need about 6-10
people for each group to make it meaninful. I will
made arrangements to have this study posted as well.
Please send or list only your 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 is 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 ???
John A Hansenjahansen@qwest.net
Clan Board and List Admin