Scottish DNA Project- Background
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The project welcomes individuals who have an unbroken Scottish lineage on their direct paternal (yDNA) or maternal (mtDNA) line of descent.
For example - father > grandfather > great-grandfather > great-great-grandfather or mother > grandmother > great-grandmother > great-great-grandmother etc.
The project was originally established in October 2001 as the Scottish Clans DNA Project, but is now administered by the Genealogical Studies team at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The project merged with the Scotland DNA Project in 2012.
If you are a male and wish to use DNA for surname research we would recommend that you take the 37 marker Y-DNA test as the minimum useful for genealogical matching.
The Scottish DNA Project has no connection with the company called Scotlandsdna / Britainsdna who only test 'deep ancestry' markers and do not test markers useful within a genealogical time frame.
Their Y-Chromosome 'deep ancestry' test costs £170 very much more expensive than the National Genographic Geno 2.0 kit (see below). They have not published which SNPs they are testing (approximately 200 Y-Chromosome SNPs and 200 mitochondrial SNPs).
The equivalent mitochondrial DNA product at Family Tree DNA is the mtDNA Plus which cost approximately £34 ($49).
Deep ancestry testing
If you are interested in 'deep ancestry' whether it is male or female origins, we would presently recommend the National Genographic Project Geno 2.0 kit. The test costs approximately £124 ($199.95).
The Geno 2 kit tests 12,316 Y-Chromosome SNPs and 3,352 mtDNA SNPs mitochondrial SNPs.
Test results from the National Genographic Project can be transferred into the Family Tree DNA database (and attached to your kit number if you have already tested with FTDNA).
For surname research we recommend the 37 Y-DNA marker test as a good entry level product. The test can be upgraded to 67 markers at any time. This test can only be taken by males.
After your results have been returned we would currently suggest you consider the Geno 2.0 kit above for 'deep ancestry' and to confirm your Y-DNA haplogroup.
For further information please visit our comprehensive website at: http://scottishdna.net
Project Blog: For project news or information visit our blog at: http://scottishdna.blogspot.com
The Project can be found on Google+ and has a Google group here Scottish DNA Project
How to join: If you have never had your DNA tested there is a discounted price available by joining through this project.
Click on the following link to begin the process for your own Family Tree DNA test
Alternatively if you have not tested before and live in the British Isles, test kits can now be purchased and mailed direct from United Kingdom in £Sterling.
If you have already tested with Family Tree DNA
- Login to your FTDNA account.
- At the top of the page you will see the 'Projects' tab. Click on 'Join'
- Scroll down the page to find the 'Search by Surname' box
- Type in Scottish and click the 'Search' tab
- Once you have clicked on the Scottish DNA tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page
- Click on the 'Join' tab.
If you get an error message it typically means that you are already a member of the project.
Your join request will receive an acknowledgement from FTDNA that the process is complete and in due course you will receive a welcome message from the project administrator.
Third Party upload deal from Family Tree DNA
If you tested with another company for STR markers you may now transfer your Y-DNA results if they used the Sorenson 33 or 46-marker test. This includes results from Ancestry.com, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF.
(If you have deep ancestry results from Scotlandsdna and would like to contribute them to the Scottish DNA Project for research purposes, then please email them to email@example.com Your results cannot unfortunately be integrated with our public database).
Third Party upload deal from Family Tree DNA is available here:
To donate to the general fund please
|Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded
|Distinct mtDNA Haplogroups
|Distinct Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups
|Distinct Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups
|Maternal Ancestor Information
|mtDNA Full Sequence
|Paternal Ancestor Information
|Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups
|Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups
|Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008)
|Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008)