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With only one participant in the surname project, we had already found a 36/37 yDNA match with another Family Tree DNA testee, and thus the project was kickstarted by showing a relationship between the Berwickshire families of Archibald FAIRBAIRN and Alison CROSSER and Archibald FAIRBAIRN and Mary GRIERSSEN/GIESSEN/GRIERSON, later named Lineage 1e.

Subsequent results keep adding to FAIRBAIRN lineage 1 in haplogroup I1, although we do now have two other haplogroups represented and a second lineage forming with Fifeshire FAIRBAIRNs and Irish/Canadian FREEBORN families.

As of Nov 2009 lineage 1 matches were joined by a stray IRWIN who exactly matches a stray ELLIOTT !!

By Sep 2011 the project had grown to 48 FAIRBAIRN/ELLIOTT males mostly matching Lineage 1, but with 4 "strays" who didn't match where expected.

As at Feb 2015 we have some 60+ participants, including a growing number of FamilyFinder test participants, two of whom have finally proven a long held theory about a Robert FAIRBAIRN in Richmond/Napanee, Ontario , that he does indeed look to belong to Archibald and Alison (CROSSER) FAIRBAIRN.

Check out the Wanted! page of the FAIRBAIRN One Name Study for some of the FAIRBAIRN families that we are particularly interested in recruiting representatives for.
Wouldn't it be great to combine a few of them up into single trees?

See also the Project Diary and the DNA Surnames site FAIRBAIRN pages.

Don't forget the distaff side.
Although some wanted lines have "daughtered out" we may, eventually, be able to suggest linkages by using FamilyFinder for all those ancestors anywhere in your ancestry.