KIRK, KIRKLAND etc DNA Project- Background



Kirk, Kirkbride, Kirkby, Kirkbye, Kirkconnell, Kirke, Kirkeby, Kirkegaard, Kirker, Kirkey, Kirkham, Kirkhart, Kirkhouse, Kirkland, Kirklen, Kirkley, Kirklin, Kirkly, Kirks, Kirksey, Kirkton, Kirkwood, Kirtland, Neikirk, Newkirk, Nikirk, Odekirk, Ouderkirk, Vankirk



descendants and researchers of the


                               & Other surnames beginning or ending with "Kirk"

This world-wide Project welcomes all types of DNA testing including the Family Finder test, paternal Y-DNA testing and maternal line mtDNA testing. To join the KIRK, KIRKLAND etc DNA Project and enjoy the built-in discounted Project rate click on JOIN PROJECT and follow the prompts.  The Project requires data for your "proved" (i.e., documented) earliest ancestor(s) and data on your direct line. These proved data are crucial for genealogy and 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: Family Finder autosomal; Y-DNA for your paternal line; and, mtDNA for your maternal line:
**Family Finder tests 563,800 autosomal SNPs and 15,789 X chromosome SNPs and can identify distant cousin relationships and 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, very good since it brings DNA matches much closer in time. Even better is Y-DNA67 markers with Y-DNA111 markers the most recent addition.

**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 line. Any match at this level is a definite relationship. Both a female and male can test for this maternal line  

***Some $10 discount coupons are available for any new DNA test or upgrade or add-on test over $40 at FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) for both new and existing donors.  The only requirement is posting of a GEDCOM to your personal page within FTDNA.  For coupons and/or further information contact the Project Administrator directly.

For new donors, to order your DNA test kit:  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 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 sheer pleasure and satisfaction of helping one another.

General Fund

Current balance: $19.50

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $19.50 11/24/2012 N3362 For kit 141262's DYS590 test   Anonymous

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 1
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 32
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 38
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 17
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 8
Family Finder 54
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 6
Maternal Ancestor Information 88
mtDNA 69
mtDNA Full Sequence 28
mtDNA Plus 41
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 103
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 28
Total Members 152
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 2
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 9
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 5
Y-DNA Subgroups 21
Y-DNA111 11
Y-DNA12 113
Y-DNA25 99
Y-DNA37 95
Y-DNA67 48