Matheson Clan DNA Project- Background



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In May of 2005 Clan Matheson decided to join other Highland clans doing DNA Surname testing to look at the roots of our clan. In doing so we may be able to prove or disprove some of the traditional genealogies of the clan.

Some Highland clans are finding both Celtic and Norse DNA signatures in their project. This has true of the Matheson 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. Maps created by clan member Howard Mathieson that show the location of Mathesons in Scotland at various time periods can be found at

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 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 administrator of this project is a member of the International Society for Genetic Genealogy. website tracking
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General Fund

Current balance: $58.50

Type Amount Date Donor Note KitNum Donation Type
Debit $220.00 7/23/2013     49482 Unknown
Credit $25.00 2/15/2012 Stephen Matheson     Individual
Credit $50.00 10/10/2011 Charles E Matheson Sr     Individual
Debit $29.00 12/31/2009     42547 Unknown
Credit $150.00 4/22/2009 Clan Matheson Society Canada     Unknown
Debit $155.00 3/10/2009   Kit 148546 148546 Unknown
Debit $99.00 2/11/2009   Kit 48616 48616 Unknown
Credit $159.00 3/17/2008 Alice Fairhurst     Unknown
Credit $82.00 3/17/2008 Marleen S Vanhorn-White     Unknown
Debit $95.50 12/14/2007   Kit 109589 109589 Unknown
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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 11
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 23
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 13
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 7
Family Finder 24
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 2
Maternal Ancestor Information 56
mtDNA 42
mtDNA Full Sequence 11
mtDNA Plus 27
mtDNA Subgroups 10
Paternal Ancestor Information 151
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 28
Total Members 171
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 8
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 16
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 7
Y-DNA Subgroups 29
Y-DNA111 16
Y-DNA12 147
Y-DNA25 141
Y-DNA37 141
Y-DNA67 73