The Bruce Y-DNA Surname Project- Background



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The Bruce Surname Y-DNA Project



All Y-DNA tests with the surname of Bruce and variants are invited to join this project.

If you have already had your Y-DNA tested with Family Tree DNA -
. You can join this project by clicking on the Join Request tab above.

If you have never had your Y-DNA tested -

. There are usually discounts for testing at FTDNA through this project. Email us before ordering.

If you have had your Y-DNA tested elsewhere -

. Most third party Y-DNA tests can be transferred to FTDNA (Use this link).

Contact us for further details.


You can use the About This Group tab above to navigate to some other pages in this website.

Always check the News page for latest project developments.

Our current collection of Lineages are displayed on the Goals page.

Some phylogenetic trees showing member relationships are displayed on the Results page.
Use the Y-DNA Results tab above to see the reports listing the members' STRs and SNPs.


The collection and presentation of the member lineages is an ongoing task.

Members are encouraged email their lineage to us for incorporation on the Goals page.

Please also ensure that your Most Distant Ancestor details are correct.

Groups, STRs and SNPs:

More testing of SNPs could provide a better understanding of the relationships between groups.

For example, over 70% of our membership are under the R-M269 (R1b1a2) branch,

but only about a quarter of these have any SNPs resolved below the R-M269 point.

In some cases, upgrading to more SNP and STR tests will improve grouping and matching.
But there are cases where further testing is unwarranted.
For example, where a group contains two members who are known to be closely related (via paper trail, etc),
then it is only useful for one of them to extend their testing, as their DNA will be almost identical.

For genealogical research FTDNA recommends a 37 STR marker test as the entry level.

FTDNA offers extension (clade) tests and an a la carte menu for individual SNP tests.

The Geno 2.0  and BigY tests allow for investigation into deeper ancestry.

For more information about recent groupings, see the News page.

For graphs showing the relationships between the members and groups see the Results page.


Please visit and feel free to introduce yourself at our new private members forum.

You will need to be registered with Family Tree DNA Forums before you can access it.

Once your registration has been confirmed, log in and then use the following private link

NPEs and Associate Members:

Members with non-male-Bruce tests are normally allocated to the Associate Members group.

If you have a Y-DNA test and your surname is not Bruce or a variant, AND you believe you have

direct male line Bruce heritage (ie, if you are an NPE case) then please contact us to discuss.

Some Links:

Bruce members forum at Family Tree DNA

Family of Bruce International, Inc

Guestbook at Family of Bruce

Bruce Surname forum at

Our previous Bruce Y-DNA site


General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 1
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 18
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 22
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 16
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 10
Family Finder 23
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 3
Maternal Ancestor Information 65
mtDNA 37
mtDNA Full Sequence 13
mtDNA Plus 31
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 93
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 30
Total Members 152
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 1
Unreturned Kits 2
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 12
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 7
Y-DNA Subgroups 22
Y-DNA111 6
Y-DNA12 149
Y-DNA25 137
Y-DNA37 118
Y-DNA67 53
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