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About us

 The Bruce Surname Y-DNA Project



All Y-DNA tests with the surname of Bruce and variants are invited to join.

This project is hosted by Family Tree DNA.

Use the Join button at top right to become a member of this project.

This will ensure that you get all available project discounts.

If you don't already have an FTDNA test, or for third-party test transfers, use the second option on the Join Request page.

Contact us if you need any assistance or further details.

New members with non-male-Bruce tests are normally allocated to the Associate Members group.

If you have a Y-DNA test and your surname is not Bruce or a variant, AND you believe you have

direct male line Bruce heritage (that is, if you are an NPE case) then please contact us to discuss.

Navigating this project:

There are four project specific webpages...

The Background page (this page) if the main project webpage.

The News page has latest project developments.
The Goals page displays our current collection of Member Lineages.
The Results page displays Phylogenetic Trees showing member and group relationships.
Use the DNA Results tab at the top left to see the standard FTDNA reports of the members' STRs and SNPs.

Member Lineages:

The collection and presentation of the Member Lineages is an ongoing task.

Members are encouraged email their lineage to us for incorporation on the Goals page.

Because these project pages are public, we do not publish any names or dates of any living persons.

Please ensure that your Most Distant Ancestor and Country of Origin details are set correctly.
These can be set in your Account Settings from your FTDNA home page.


If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to email the administrators here at the project.
Please include your kit number in any emails that you send, so that we can properly identify you.
This is especially important for new members and those who have had no previous contact with us.

Please ensure that your email address is kept up-to-date in your FTDNA Account Settings.

STRs, SNPs, and Grouping:

More testing of SNPs could provide a better understanding of the relationships between groups.

For example, about three quarters of our membership are under the R-M269 (R1b1a2) branch,

but only about a quarter of these tests have any SNPs resolved below the R-M269 point.

In many cases, upgrading to more SNP and STR tests will improve grouping and matching.
But there are some cases where further testing is unwarranted.
For example, where a group contains two members who are already known (by paper trail) to be closely related,
then it is only useful for one of them to extend their testing, as their DNA will be almost identical.

For genealogical research FTDNA recommends a 37 STR marker test as the minimum useful entry level.

The more markers you have tested, the more resolution is possible.

FTDNA offers an a la carte menu for individual SNP tests.

For more comprehensive results, the Geno 2.0  and BigY provide great detail, but are fairly expensive.

Members Forum:

The Activity Feed now provided by the new myGroups interface should provide a good forum for member communications.

Therefore our old members forum at Family Tree DNA Forums may be somewhat superseded.

For those interested in our old members forum for contacting other members of this project...

You need to be registered with Family Tree DNA Forums before you can access the forum.

Once registered, log in to the forums and then use this link Bruce Project Member Forum.

Some Useful Links:

Bruce members forum at Family Tree DNA

Family of Bruce International, Inc

Guestbook at Family of Bruce

Bruce Surname forum at

Our previous Bruce Y-DNA site