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Isles of the Hebrides

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Linda Heron Linda Heron
March 27, 2017 @ 5:47am
For those interested in joining the Isles of the Hebrides DNA Project, please note: In order to qualify for this Project, you must have either a paper trail or an oral history of your direct maternal lineage if you have tested for mtDNA (your mother’s, mother’s, mother’s….. mtDNA) and/or your direct paternal lineage if you have tested for Y-DNA (your father’s, father’s father’s… Y-DNA), all the way back in a straight line to one of the Isles of the Hebrides. (click on the map linked below)
Elizabeth Ataria
April 17, 2017 @ 9:57pm
Hullo. I live in Christchurch, New Zealand. My maternal great grandmother emigrated here at around 75 years of age with some family members, after her husband died. She was born a McCuaig, in Kildalton, Isle of Islay in 1794, married a McQuaig/McLeod who was born in Ireland, and died in West Taieri, Otago, NZ
Linda Heron
April 26, 2017 @ 5:17am
I'm very interested to see how closely we are related Elizabeth!!
Elizabeth Ataria
June 29, 2017 @ 12:07am
I'm H73a haploid group, and don't seem to be grouped on the results. Do you know why this is?
Gary Campbell Gary Campbell
July 7 @ 3:00pm
I am working with a network of eleven Campbell cousins all descended from Donald (aka Daniel Campbell) (Abt. 1750 - 1833). Thru DNA testing we have discovered that we all also link to Margaret Jane Campbell (1740-1820) who married Duncan Blue (1734-1824) of Jura. They were married on Jura in 1763. In 1767, Duncan and Margaret Jane emigrated to North Carolina on a ship from Jura containing several other Blues and one Campbell - John Campbell- traveling with a wife and child. Gary Campbell (Kit #925277) is my first cousin and a direct paternal line back to Donald (Daniel) Campbell. His Haplogroup is R-BY18332. It’s relatively rare among Campbells. We’re hoping to find some clues on Jura.
rosemarie fay rosemarie fay
July 4 @ 9:54pm
Linda, I am looking for more information on my mother’s direct line. Her grandmother was Margaret McAllister Munro born at Callumkill Islay where my great great grandfather Donald McAllister was farm manager per the 1861 census . He was also an engineer at Ardbeg distillery per family reports. I believe your name showed up as a descendent of Charles McAlister, Donald’s father. Could we be related? Rosemarie Fay
Kim Handgen Kim Handgen
December 16 @ 7:56am
Good morning, from Ocala, Florida. Thank you for accepting me. Through 23andme, Na h-Eileanan an Iar was identified as one of the places my dna ancestors came from. I haven't a clue what surnames of mine may be from the Outer Hebrides as well. Most of my mother's paternal kin populated VA, NC, SC, GA and FL from about `1700 on. We think my mom's paternal line is Purvis, Byrd, Carter, Hayes, Hand, Williamson, Riddle (?). Appreciate your thoughts. On my Dad's side we believe the names to be primarily, Drake, Lewis, Haendgen (Germany), Earl. Kim
Dixie Cutler Dixie Cutler
December 9 @ 5:04pm
The Kildalton Cross on Islay, June 2004. All I know of my GGG Grandmother is that she was "Catherine McArthur Native of Kildalton."
Dan Jensen Dan Jensen
October 11, 2019 @ 9:16pm
Is your mtDNA U5b2a6, or maybe you've only tested as far as U5b? I have a maternal ancestor, Catherine MacLean from Barra, who matches U5b2a6. Her sister Mary was also an ancestor of mine. Mary must have also been a U5b2a6. They were daughters of Angus "Og" MacLean. Mary MacLean married John "Mac an Tailleir" MacPhee and Catherine MacLean married Neil "Geal" MacNeil of the Piper MacNeils. They have perfect mtDNA matches with lines from Spain, Ireland, Finland, and other countries. I know of four Scottish lines that match mine perfectly. I'm sure there are others, though this is not a common haplogroup.
KerrieAnne Christian KerrieAnne Christian
August 14, 2019 @ 10:48pm
Thanks for allowing me to join - my ancestry is on Skye and North Uist - McKenzie, Maclean and McIntosh - so it is both Inner and Outer Hebrides. My earliest known direct maternal line ancestor is Ann McLean from Armadale Isle of Skye. We seem to have been associated with the McDonald's of Sleat and North Uist. My McKenzie, Maclean and McIntosh ancestors left Skye on the William Nicol in 1837 to sail as assisted emigrants and journey to the Colony of NSW. Various members of our extended family have done Ancestry DNA which confirms the Skye and Outer Hebrides connections. I am currently awaiting my mtDNA test kit to arrive from FamilyTreeDNA. I am not sure what to expect from the mtDNA test results and I am intrigued as to what earlier origins it might reveal. I've set up a website and Facebook Group for our branch of the McKenzie - Maclean - McIntosh - McKinnon families
KerrieAnne Christian
October 2, 2019 @ 3:37am
my mtdna results have now arrived from FamilyTreeDNA and it seems I am H1bb - my closer matches are from Scotland (GD 1) and Ireland (GD 3) - I also have matches of GD0 but no location given, and a GD1 also no location given. As I commented earlier, my direct female line goes back to Ann McKenzie nee McLean born at Armadale on the Isle of Skye in 1808. I haven't been able to trace her line back any further so far.
William Storrie William Storrie
August 8, 2019 @ 7:39am
Hi everyone, this is my great uncle Billy's kit; he died several years ago but I was wise enough to collect a DNA sample before he passed away for analysis. He is the younger brother of my paternal grandmother. They are from Torphichen in Scotland but family tradition is that they originated from the Isle of Skye which is looking very likely. The surname Storrie derives from the Old Norse word 'Stor' and they also belong to the yDNA haplogroup Z18 which has been found in many Old Norse remains in several recent studies; and Historically, the Hebrides and the Isle of Man were ruled by Norsemen; one of the Old Norse remains in the 'Population Genomics of the Viking World' had a sample from the Isle of Man analysed. It was the Old Norse skeletal remains of the boat grave Balladoole that was tested and he was Z18. I look forward to seeing this project grow and hopefully see some more Z18 pop up ;-)
Elizabeth Ataria Elizabeth Ataria
February 26, 2018 @ 3:15am
Hullo! I'm getting exact matches on my mtDNA and most are coming from Sweden, Finland and Denmark--apart from a few from USA which don't have more remote European / Scandanavian ancestors. have any of you found a strong Scandanavian link? I'm guessing it is Viking related-some must have brought their women with them??
Stephen Martin #737044
March 4, 2018 @ 4:18am
Hi Elizabeth I have read that mtdna doesn't mutate as fast as y DNA. So you are lucky to know where you are from. Regards Steve
Elizabeth Ataria
March 5, 2018 @ 8:41pm
I think my mtDNA H73a is quite a recent mutation, comparably!
Marianne Richard
April 17, 2019 @ 11:35pm
"I'm guessing it is Viking related-some must have brought their women with them??" Or it was the other way around and some Scottish woman (women?) went to Scandinavia...
Elizabeth Ataria
April 18, 2019 @ 2:54am
I'm in New Zealand and this branch from the Hebrides is the most difficult to trace. Same for other DNA matches . lots of families split up when emigrating-going to Canada/Usa?NZ/Australia all round the same time. Arrived here in the later 1800s.
Jo Rothermal Jo Rothermal
April 7, 2019 @ 11:53am
Hi my great grandmother was Wilhelmina Murdoch, she was the daughter of Mary Murdoch and the granddaughter of Donald Murdoch and Catherine Gillespie from Portenhaven, Islay. I have the line back to Donald McMurphy 1785 • Kilchoman, Islay, Scotland. (changed name to Murdoch I believe)
Roy Currie
April 10, 2019 @ 7:30am
A chap by the name of Phil Dawe from Britain has sent queries to me regarding Murdochs of Islay and their relationship to me. Are you familiar with him?
Howard LAMONT Howard LAMONT has a question!
October 29, 2018 @ 6:20pm
My 4th great grandfather is Angus Lamont. He was born in 1731 and died in 1797. He is buried in Kilchoman churchyard on Islay. I have not been able to trace any Lamont ancestors before him. I would like to know if there is anyway to discover whether Angus' ancesto
Stephen Martin #737044
January 30, 2019 @ 3:55am
The Lamonts have been in the Skye area since 1507 (see Privy Seal record of 1507 mentioning William Lowman (ie Lamont/Lamond). Not many records exist pre 1841, especially on the isles surrounding Skye. Start by consulting books on the area like The Brave Sons of Skye, History of Skye by Alex Nicolson and numerous others. Make contact with Norma MacLeod from Skye Roots and ask her whether she knows anything about the Lamonts and those on Lewis pre 1797.
February 20, 2019 @ 10:16pm
Thanks, you have given me some interesting avenues to pursue. I will be sure to do so. I have also found one reference in some early 1900's information a relative in Islay that the Lamonts of Islay had come from Knockdow. I have also found a couple of references in the history "The Lamont Clan 1235 - 1935" to Islay Lamonts. In any event, I am looking at all leads and appreciate your information.