Bell Y-DNA Project

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The Bell Y-DNA Project currently has 459 members.


The BELL surname is said to have origins in the Scottish Clan Bell. If so, the results of some participants of THE BELL Y-DNA PROJECT suggests that blood relatives who associated with Clan Bell were not a majority of the clan. With over half the Bell participants having no close matches to anyone else in our study, we can be sure that the Bell surname was adopted by numerous families, each having very different origins. Here are some links to where you can check out the various Scottish clans, and learn something of their hectic past.

The Haplotype is the sequential listing of the recorded repeats in your alleles (markers) that were measured during analysis at the testing lab. The likelihood that a person shares a recent common ancestor with another person diminishes rapidly as fewer matches in the markers occur in two haplotypes. Accepted DNA protocol interpreting test results has determined that males with the same or similar surname, who match each other exactly on a 25 marker test share a common ancestor. If their Haplotype differs by only a single +/- one-step mutation on a single loci, they still most likely share a common ancestor.  

The belief that two participants with exact 12-marker matches are closely related, is no longer supported. Unless both individuals have the same surname and their ancestries are supported by traditional genealogical research and geographic location, a close relationship is not likely. Recent findings in DNA research - on the topic of rare and common surnames - suggest that a common surname will likely have dozens and dozens of 12/12 matches around the world. Relationships among them could be in a very distant past, but not as recent as previously assumed. In other words, the 12-marker test is mainly used for identifying families of the same surname who are not related!