Megaw / McGaw DNA Project- Background



MacCaw, MacGaw, McCaw, McGah, McGaw, Megaw


The Megaw/McGaw project was begun in 2005. The name Megaw or McGaw or MacGaw means "son of Adam." The name is found mainly in Scotland and Ireland. It can be a sept of Clan MacFarlane, Clan MacKay or Stuart of Bute. In Ulster it is a variant of MacCaw.

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 there are additional technical questions, contact: Alice Fairhurst alicefairhurst at or Trevor Francis tjfrancis 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. Alice Fairhurst is a member of the International Society of Genetic Genealogy.

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Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 3
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 3
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 6
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 7
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 10
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 1
Maternal Ancestor Information 9
mtDNA 6
mtDNA Full Sequence 4
mtDNA Plus 4
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 18
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 5
Total Members 18
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 0
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 3
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 3
Y-DNA Subgroups 6
Y-DNA111 6
Y-DNA12 15
Y-DNA25 15
Y-DNA37 15
Y-DNA67 13