Ards Peninsula

Ards Peninsula Families DNA Project
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About us

The Ards Peninsula is a section of County Down, Northern Ireland, that is bounded on the north by Belfast Lough, the west by Strangford Lough, and on the east by the Irish Sea.

Civil Parishes include: Bangor, Newtownards, Donaghadee, Grey Abbey, Ballywalter, Inishargy, Ballyhalbert, Ardkeen, Ardquin, Castleboy, Slanes, Ballytrustan, Ballyphillip Townlands and Villages include: Ardkeen, Ardgeehan, Ardmillan, Ballyadam, Ballyalicock, Ballyatwood, Ballyboley, Ballyblack, Ballyblack Little, Ballyboghilbo, Ballybranigan, Ballybryan, Ballybuttle, Ballycam, Ballycastle, Ballycopeland, Ballycranbeg, Ballycramore, Ballycroghan, Ballycross, Ballycruise, Ballydoonan, Ballyedock, Ballyesborough, Ballyewry, Ballyferis, Ballyfinragh, Ballyfotherly, Ballyfounder, Ballyfrench, Ballyfrenis, Balliggan, Ballygalet, Ballygarvan, Ballygarvigan, Ballygelagh, Ballygraffin, Ballygrainey, Ballygrangee, Ballyhaft, Ballyhalbert, Ballyharry, Ballyhaskin, Ballyhay, Ballyhemlin, Ballyhenny, Ballyhenry, Ballyherley, Ballyholme, Ballymacnamee, Ballyobegan, Ballylimp, Balloo Lower, Ballymaconnell, Ballymacormick, Ballymagee, Ballymarter, Ballyminnis, Ballymintragh, Ballymoney, Ballymurphy, Ballynester, Ballynichol, Ballynoe, Ballyphilip, Ballyquintan, Ballyrawer, Ballyreagh, Ballyree, Ballyridley, Ballyrolly, Ballyrusley, Ballyspurge, Ballytrustan, Ballywadden, Ballywallon, Ballywalter, Ballyward, Ballywater, Ballywatticock, Ballyweird, Ballywhiskin, Ballywhite, Ballywhollart, Ballywilliam, Ballyvester, Bangor, Blackabbey, Bootown, Broom Quarter, Cardy, Carney Hill, Carrowdore, Carryreagh, Carrstown, Castleboy, Cloghy, Cookstown, Corrog, Cotton, Craigarodden, Craigboy, Cronstown, Crossnamuckley, Cunningburn, Demesne, Derry, Donaghadee, Drumardin, Drumardin Quarter, Drumawhy, Drumfad, Drumhirk, Dunelvy, Dunover, Echlinville, Fishquarter, Ganaway, Glastry, Gordonall, Granagh, Grangee, Gransha, Gregstown, Greyabbey, Groomsport, Herdstown, Hoggstown, Inishargy, Island Hill, Kearney, Keentagh, Killaghy, Killydressy, Killyvdgan, Kircubbin, Kirkistown, Knockinelder, Lisbane, LoughdooMarlfield, Loughriscouse, Miller Hill, Millisle, Mount Stewart, Movilla, Newcastle, Nunsquarter, Orlock, Parson Hall, Portavoe, Portavogie, Portaferry, Priesttown, Rattallagh, Roddans, Rosemount, Rowreagh, Rubane, Slanes, Sloanstown, Springvale, Tara, Templepatrick, Thomastown, Tievshilly, Town Parks, Tullyboard, Tullycarnan, Tullycross, Tullykevin, Tullymally, Tullynacrew, Tullytramon, Whitechurch

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Note: Because of the large number of project members, the group administators will no longer be able to send out bulk emails to the project members. You may email the group administrators directly.

Note: Due to the large number of project members, we are no longer collecting and publicly posting pedigrees for the member kits. Please contact the owners of your matching kits for pedigree information.

Note: The Ards Peninsula families DNA Project test results are not subgrouped by surname. All test Y-DNA kit results are placed in one large subgroup, which allows FTDNA's computer system to place the names on Y-DNA spreadsheet based on the closeness of the Y-DNA matches. It is hoped that this will be helpful in the long run, due to the problem of Ireland having a patronymic surname system for centuries, i.e. "McShane" meaning "The son of Shane." This should also be helpful in the case of families descended from Viking immigrants, i.e. "Erikson" meaning "The son of Erik."

We wish to include all families from the Ards Peninsula. If you know of an Ards Peninsula family whose surname has not been listed, please contact the group administrator, and we will include that surname in the list of eligible surnames.