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The GUTHRIE surname has been in existence for at least 700 years since Squire Guthrie was sent to France to bring William Wallace back to Scotland. The charter for the BARONY of GUTHRIE has been in existence since the time of King David II of Scotland (1324-1371). Burke's 'Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry' indicates that the origins of the Guthrie surname extend back to a time where its earliest writs are unattainable, and thus untraceable before the reign of James II of Scotland.

DNA testing has proven the existence of several different GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUPS, meaning that they have ancestors of different genetic origins. Some may have descended from the 'Landed Gentry' of historical note. Others may have assumed the GUTHRIE name at a time that surnames came into use during the 10th-12th centuries because they were in some way associated with the family or the location.

Discovering your GUTHRIE DNA will help you to identify if your ancestors belonged to one of the known Colonial American Guthrie lines, or to a group that might be able to trace some of its ancestry back to Scotland or Ireland.
Join us as we discover more about our diverse history using the science of DNA to strengthen our genealogical pursuits. Each Guthrie DNA Project participant brings new information. Your DNA could help provide new clues and break down some of those proverbial brick walls. 

Complete a JOIN REQUEST form to include some basic information about your Guthrie ancestry. Joining the project prior to purchasing your DNA test makes you eligible for any active group discounts. 

Men inherit Y-DNA directly from their fathers. Therefore, only male Guthries are eligible to contribute Y-DNA tests to this part of the project. If you are ineligible for Y-DNA testing because you are female or descend from a female Guthrie, consider recruiting a Guthrie brother, father, uncle, grandfather, or cousin who can represent your Guthrie line. Y-DNA testing provides the best method of determining the origins of your lineage's Guthrie Family Group.

Please purchase only the 37 or 67 marker test.  The Y-DNA of Guthries is quite homogenous.  Lines that are not genetically related have many of the same values in very limited tests. Even a 12/12 match between two Guthries does not mean they are related within a genealogical timeframe. More extensive testing reveals whether or not a shared genetic history exists.  

The 37-marker test results are usually detailed enough to accurately assign you to a matching GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP. Individuals who do not currently match other members will be placed into an 'Unmatched Group' until such a time as more participants from your line join the project. If you have no idea if your Guthrie DNA belongs to one of the existing groups, then this level of testing is for you. Upgrade if you get matched with a group, or if you have a close match that would benefit from additional testing.

The 67-marker tests help to estimate the number of generations separating participants within a family group from their common ancestor. Basically, it's a more detailed test. Definitely recommended if most of the other folks in your Family Group already have 67-marker results. Try to match the same level of testing as your group.

The Y-111 marker test is NOT recommended as a starter DNA test. Consider this level of testing only if you already have a positive match with a GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUP and others within your group plan to upgrade to that level of testing. You must have other genetic matches who have also tested at the Y-111 marker level in order to have someone with whom to compare your data. 

The Guthrie DNA Project also examines Autosomal DNA in order to bridge the gap for lineages that do not have an eligible participant in the Y-DNA project. Guthrie females and descendants of Guthrie females should participate in Autosomal DNA testing. 

FTDNA's Family Finder test can provide you with matches to cousins from all of your ancestral lines. We'll try to provide some insight into the origins of your Guthrie matches.

FTDNA's Autosomal Transfer Process allows you to transfer autosomal DNA tests from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and HeritageDNA.

Project members will receive an analysis of their Guthrie matches.