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Clan Chisholm DNA Project

The Chisholm surname DNA project was begun in December 2005. On 4 October 2007, the Clan Council approved official status for the DNA project with Robert Chisholm of New Zealand named as Clan Chisholm DNA Project Coordinator. The first testers were women with Chisholm background. When men began to test, the New Zealand branch of the clan lent its support. Now testers come from many parts of the world to learn more about their heritage. This testing may be able to prove or disprove some of the traditional genealogies of the clan. Not all surnames in the project have had traditional genealogies preserved so DNA may help participants to find related people so they can compare their knowledge and add to the clan’s lore.

Many Scottish clans are doing DNA testing to increase their knowledge about their roots and are finding quite a mixture of genetic strands which make up each clan. We are finding multiple strands in the Chisholm clan as well. The name Chisholm is derived from the barony of Chisholme in the parish of Roberton, Roxburghshire. Hence , “de Chisholme” or “of Chisholm.

Understanding DNA Testing: Family Tree DNA provides information to help you understand DNA testing. Most people start by looking at projects which fit their surname. Across the top of every page are the words TESTIMONIALS, PRIVACY and FAQ. There are also excellent explanations of Y-DNA (male DNA) testing and mtDNA (female DNA) testing accessed from the left column. On the lower right column are articles which give you a deeper understanding of DNA. An excellent tutorial on DNA is found on the Blair Surname site called DNA 101.

Recommended books on DNA in general are: Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner, Books featuring DNA in the British Isles and Ireland are: Stephen Oppenheimer, Bryan Sykes, Saxons, (published in Great Britain as ).

If you still have questions, contact: Robert Chisholm – or Bob Chisholm – or Alice Fairhurst –

Please note that the FTDNA Surname Group Administrators are not FTDNA employees. They do not receive any form of financial payment or any other incentive or reimbursement. The administrators of the project are members of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

This project uses the standards of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2017, the most recent editions of FTDNA’s Terms, the Genetic Genealogy Standards, and ISOGG’s guidance for Project Administrators.

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