Chisholm Clan DNA Project- Background



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Clan Chisholm DNA Project

The Chisholm surname DNA project was begun in December 2005. On 4 October 2007, the Clan Council approved official status for the DNA project with Robert Chisholm of New Zealand named as Clan Chisholm DNA Project Coordinator. The first testers were women with Chisholm background. When men began to test, the New Zealand branch of the clan lent its support. Now testers come from many parts of the world to learn more about their heritage. This testing may be able to prove or disprove some of the traditional genealogies of the clan. Not all surnames in the project have had traditional genealogies preserved so DNA may help participants to find related people so they can compare their knowledge and add to the clan’s lore.

Many Scottish clans are doing DNA testing to increase their knowledge about their roots and are finding quite a mixture of genetic strands which make up each clan. We are finding multiple strands in the Chisholm clan as well. The name Chisholm is derived from the barony of Chisholme in the parish of Roberton, Roxburghshire. Hence , “de Chisholme” or “of Chisholm.

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 on DNA in general are: Colleen Fitzpatrick & Andrew Yeiser, DNA & Genealogy Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak and Ann Turner, Trace Your Roots with DNA. Books featuring DNA in the British Isles and Ireland are: Stephen Oppenheimer, The Origins of the British Bryan Sykes, Saxons, Vikings and Celts (published in Great Britain as Blood of the Isles).

If you still have questions, contact: Robert Chisholm – or Bob Chisholm – or Alice Fairhurst –

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 of the project are members of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.  hit counter html code
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General Fund

Current balance: $208.30

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Debit $148.00 11/22/2013     125504 Unknown
Credit $148.00 11/18/2013 Nicolas Taban To upgrade a modal Chisholm from 67 to 111 markers and to test SNP L1438.   Individual
Debit $50.00 11/19/2009     81707 Unknown
Credit $200.00 9/20/2009   Anonymous
Credit $25.00 9/13/2009 Joe Reynolds     Individual
Debit $162.20 9/2/2009     130597 Unknown
Credit $13.50 5/22/2009 Jean Chisholm     Individual
Credit $9.00 5/22/2009 Keith Chisholm Brown     Individual
Credit $4.50 5/21/2009 Joan McCartey     Individual
Credit $4.50 5/6/2009 Scott Chisholm     Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 19
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 28
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 59
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 45
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 86
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 7
Maternal Ancestor Information 123
mtDNA 78
mtDNA Full Sequence 45
mtDNA Plus 72
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 233
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 31
Total Members 271
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 11
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 23
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 6
Y-DNA Subgroups 29
Y-DNA111 39
Y-DNA12 220
Y-DNA25 213
Y-DNA37 212
Y-DNA67 165