MacRae Clan DNA Project- Background



Cra, Crae, Cray, Cre, Crea, Creay, Cree, Grath, Macara, Macarra, MacCra, MacCrach, MacCrae, MacCraith, MacCraw, MacCray, MacCrea, MacCreath, MacCree, MacCrie, MacCrow, MacCroy, MacGrath, MacGraw, Machrae, Machray, Machrie, Mackray, Mackre, Mackreath, Mackree, Macra, Macrach, MacRae, Macraith, Macrath, Macraw, MacRay, Macreath, Macree, Macrie, Magraith, Magrath, Makre, McCra, McCrae, McCraw, McCray, McCrea, McCreath, McCree, Mcgrath, McGraw, McRa, McRae, Mcraith, Mcrath, Mcreath, McRee, Mcrie, Ra, Rae, Raith, Rath, Raw, Ray, Rea, Reath, Wray, Wreath


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, 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: Alice Fairhurst – alicefairhurst at or Faye McRae Moore – fmoore4 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.
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General Fund

Current balance: $292.80

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Credit $100.00 4/18/2014 Alex Macrae To assist Black Macrae upgrades from 67 to 111 markers.   Unknown
Credit $50.00 7/6/2012 Lee Wallace Hennessy     Unknown
Credit $25.00 2/2/2012 John McCray Shallop I am searching McCray/McCrea. Our James McCrea I was born in Scotland in 1737   Memory Of
Debit $114.00 11/30/2011     213745 Unknown
Credit $114.00 11/27/2011 Colon W. McRae Upgrade from 25 to 67 markers for Kit#213745 (T.E. McRae)   Memory Of
Credit $50.00 10/6/2011 John G. Macrae     Individual
Debit $99.00 9/30/2011     89296 Unknown
Credit $79.00 6/23/2011 Larry W. Cates Compensation for RPMcRae's 37 to 67 marker upgrade.   Unknown
Credit $10.00 6/22/2011 Alice Fairhurst In memory of John and Mary Matheson McRae   Memory Of
Debit $79.00 6/16/2011     197158 Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 5
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 30
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 45
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 16
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 9
Family Finder 58
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 10
Maternal Ancestor Information 121
mtDNA 67
mtDNA Full Sequence 30
mtDNA Plus 48
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 237
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 45
Total Members 277
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 19
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 17
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 5
Y-DNA Subgroups 33
Y-DNA111 32
Y-DNA12 221
Y-DNA25 210
Y-DNA37 206
Y-DNA67 150