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The MacRae/McRae genetic genealogy program was started in December 2005 to look at the roots of the clan. In doing so we have been able to prove or disprove some of the traditional genealogies of the clan. Since MacRaes have both Scottish and Irish connections, the DNA project will illustrate the many strands of DNA that make up this name grouping.

Understanding DNA Testing: Family Tree DNA provides information to help you understand DNA testing. Most people start by looking at projects which fit their surname. Across the top of every page are the words TESTIMONIALS, PRIVACY and FAQ. There are also excellent explanations of Y-DNA (male DNA) testing and mtDNA (female DNA) testing accessed from the left column. On the lower right column are articles which give you a deeper understanding of DNA. An excellent tutorial on DNA is found on the Blair Surname site called DNA 101.

Recommended books for understanding DNA are: Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser, Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner, . Books featuring DNA in the British Isles and Ireland are: Stephen Oppenheimer, Bryan Sykes, Saxons, (published in Great Britain as ).

If you still have questions, contact: Alice Fairhurst – alicefairhurst at Please note that the FTDNA Surname Group Administrators are not FTDNA employees. They do not receive any form of financial payment or any other incentive or reimbursement. The administrators are members of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

This project uses the standards of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation 2017, the most recent editions of FTDNA’s Terms, the Genetic Genealogy Standards, and ISOGG’s guidance for Project Administrators.

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