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About us

Project Administrator:
Nancy Elder Petersen, Vancouver, Washington State, USA


Thanks to co-hosts Jay Elder of "PETER ELDER" Group, Nicole Polk, McPherson DNA project,
and Marshall Brezonick, "FamilyFinder" and "FRANKLIN COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA, USA" groups,
for help with this project.

ELDER DNA fund donations:

In Memoriam
Donna Younkin Logan, d. January 4, 2006.
She was an enthusiastic genealogy researcher and
publisher for ELDER families, and will be greatly missed by all of us.
We have set up an ELDER DNA Scholarship Fund as a memorial.
Also Ann Elder Brooks Poe, d. February 5, 2004

And Mary Louise Donnelly, Catholic ELDER genealogist, d. Sept. 16 2008
Book Title:  "William Elder descendants" Rev. ed.
Ennis, Tex. : M.L. Donnelly, c2007.  LDS Catalog has 1986 ed.

We welcome any male worldwide with the surname ELDER or ELDERS to participate in our
Y-Chromosome DNA project, ordering the "mouth swab" kit
on the JOIN REQUEST menu for ELDER discount with FamilyTreeDNA.
If you are a female researcher with a close male relative still 
carrying the surname ELDER  we encourage you to request their participation.
 The goal of the ELDER Surname Project is to distinguish between
ELDER ancestral lines, worldwide, and connect lines that have reached brick walls
on their paper trail, especially to connect to their Scotland origins.

Over the past 20+ years ELDER researchers
have collected and organized a vast amount
of genealogical records for families with surname ELDER.
Many of these records can still be found at the web site:


Elder One-Name Study in UK, links posted by Nancy Elder Petersen
  Managed by KEN ELDER of ENGLAND, Oct. 2014.

See also ELDER Family Research BB (free registration):

ELDER genforum:

ELDER at Rootsweb/Ancestry Board:
The William Elder of Maryland Descendants Association, Inc

Nancy Elder Petersen's Rev. War Soldier,
Robert ELDER (1730-1807) of FRANKLIN CO PA

Nancy's Scotland research:
Aberdeen, Argyll, Banff, Fife, Kinross, Midlothian, Perth, Inverness, Skye:

John ELDER, Steamship engineer of Glasgow

SUTHERLAND surname and locations with
ELDER in Northern Scotland

Distribution map for ELDER in 1881 and 1998 Scotland/England:

Scottish DNA project - YDNA charts -   now divided into 5 pages and new labels
 from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow - Host, Bruce  Durie

Clan Fraser (near Mackintosh lands around Inverness) - ELDER on Sept list
FIND kit #'s listed for ELDER:
Kit #10042 (Franklin Co PA)
Kit #50076 (I2b1a=Viking,Isles - Stewart - SouthCarolina)
Kit #171586 (Jacob ELDER to IN)
Kit #185577 (John ELDER, Huntingdon Co PA)

McKee's "R1b1c7" or "Niall" chart:
D. ELDER (#12969)

R1b Y-search 67 marker chart (66/67) (BORDERS and MCLELLAND)

I1c Y-search 67 marker chart (66/67) (ELDER and STEWART)
Stuart (27JHT), Stewart (7NV2N), Stewart (XTCGF), Stewart (KZH3S), Stewart (64/67)(P4WPK)

Pulaski County KY chart:
#13301-JESSE ELDER of NC (through PETER ELDER line)

Cumberland Gap Project
#44816 William ELDER, d. 1714 MD

Western North Carolina project

McEwen's "R1b" Haplogroup Divisions:

Y-DNA Search has more than 50 entries for ELDER

See Scots Clusters - Sterling - Perthshire and MacGregor
"13 24 14 10 10"

Stirling DNA project - with MacGregor:
"13 24 14 10 10" and "13 24 15 10 9"

Scotch-Irish in Massachusetts (ELDER notes):

Georgia Kinney Bopp's HOT TOPICS webpage:

Pennsylvania ARCHIVES - Nancy's Footnote "STORY PAGE"

1. JOHN ELDER d. 1885, Wilmington, Lawrence Co PA (also in Mercer Co,

William Alexander ELDER, b. 1836 OH
f:"DAVID CLARK ELDER" , b. 1798,
Path Valley, Franklin Co PA.
f: JOHN ELDER, b. 1755, Cumberland Co PA
Moved to Beaver Co PA in 1802.





"The History of Kings County, Nova Scotia, Heart of the Acadian Land,"...
 By Arthur Wentworth Hamilton Eaton
Published 1910  The Salem Press Company
(and 1999 Heritage Books)

Page 655 (and others) Family Sketches
  "The ELDER family, a family unusually gifted,
was founded in Hants County by Matthew Elder,
 who came as a young man from County Donegal, Ireland, to Windsor..."

ROCK surname - Co Armagh Ireland

ELDER DNA webpage: