Kirk, Kirkland etc

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                          Project for KIRK, KIRKLAND, KIRKCONNELL, KIRKWOOD, NEWKIRK

                               & Other surnames beginning or ending with "Kirk"

This world-wide Project is primarily for Y-DNA paternal Kirk, Kirkland etc donors.  Maternal line mtDNA testing and autosomal Family Finder testing for Kirk, Kirkland lines is also welcomed. The Project requires submission of data for your "proved" (i.e. what you have documented) Kirk (or variant) lineage that is crucial to join with your DNA results.  The success of the Project depends on the number of participants. PLEASE join us in making this Project a tremendous success! Remember, DNA does not lie!

Note: In July 2008 a new KIRKMAN DNA Project was established and the surname was transferred from this Project to the new Project.


DNA Tests:

The three primary DNA tests for genealogy are: Y-DNA for your paternal line;  mtDNA for your maternal line; and,  Family Finder autosomal DNA: 
**Family Finder tests 563,800 autosomal SNPs and 15,789 X chromosome SNPs and can identify distant cousin relationships.  It is especially valuable in helping adoptees and brick-wallers. Both a male and female can take this test.  

**Y-DNA is for your direct paternal line - your father, his father, his father's father etc on up the male line. Only a male can Y-DNA test. Y-DNA12 markers is more for anthropology; DNA matches can be long before surnames came into existance. But you can upgrade later to more markers. Y-DNA37 markers is very good since it brings DNA matches much closer in time. Even better is Y-DNA67 markers with Y-DNA111 markers the best for Y-DNA paternal line.

**mtDNA is for your direct maternal line - your mother, her mother, her mother's mother etc on up the female line. mtDNA is for low-resolution; mtDNAPlus is for high-resolution.

Full Gnome (aka mtDNA Mega) is the top of the maternal line. Any match at this level is a definite relationship. Both a female and male can test for their maternal line  

For new donors to order your discounted DNA test kit with this project:  at the top of this page click on JOIN REQUEST.  Then, just fill in the order form. Be sure the test(s) you are ordering appears in the little window at the bottom of the order form. Upgrades for existing donors should be placed from your personal page  at FTDNA.  Credit Card payment is the most expeditious and is secure.

DNA testing for genealogy is nothing more than a couple good swabs of saliva from inside the cheek in the privacy of your own home. To see a sample DNA kit visit: html .  Also, be sure to visit:


If you submitted your DNA to the Genographic Project PLEASE remember to download your results to FamilyTreeDNA and join the appropriate Surname and/or Geographical area Project. There are many additional benefits to enjoy with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), particularly genealogy-related 


 Various of our Project surnames - including KIRK, KIRKLAND, KIRKCONNEL, KIRKWOOD etc - are of Scottish origin and derive from the word "church". Census enumerations for Scotland began in 1801 and every 10 years thereafter. Unfortunately, most records prior to 1831 were destroyed.
The first US national census was 1790.

The first UK national census was 1841.

The first national census of Canada was 1871.
1901 and 1911 Ireland census online: ======================================================================================================

Please Note: Project Administrators are volunteers and receive no compensation other than the pleasure and satisfaction of helping one another.