The Bruce Y-DNA Surname Project- Background



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 The Bruce Surname Y-DNA Project



All Y-DNA tests with the surname of Bruce and variants are invited to join.

This project is hosted by Family Tree DNA.

Use the Join Request tab at the top of this page to join this project.

If you don't already have an FTDNA test, or for third-party test transfers, use the second option on the Join Request page.

Always use the Join Request tab to ensure that you get all available project discounts.

Contact us if you need any assistance or further details.

Navigating this project:

You can use the About This Group tab at the top of this page to navigate to the three other pages in this project.

The News page has latest project developments.
The Goals page displays our current collection of Member Lineages.
The Results page displays Phylogenetic Trees showing member and group relationships.
Use the Y-DNA Results tab at the top of this page to see the standard FTDNA reports of the members' STRs and SNPs.

Member Lineages:

The collection and presentation of the Member Lineages is an ongoing task.

Members are encouraged email their lineage to us for incorporation on the Goals page.

Because these project pages are public, we do not publish any names or dates of any living persons.

Please ensure that your Most Distant Ancestor and Country of Origin details are set correctly.
These can be set in your Account Settings from your FTDNA home page.


If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to email the administrators here at the project.
Please include your kit number in any emails that you send, so that we can properly identify you.
This is especially important for new members and those who have had no previous contact with us.

Please ensure that your email address is kept up-to-date in your FTDNA Account Settings.

STRs, SNPs, and Grouping:

More testing of SNPs could provide a better understanding of the relationships between groups.

For example, about three quarters of our membership are under the R-M269 (R1b1a2) branch,

but only about a quarter of these tests have any SNPs resolved below the R-M269 point.

In many cases, upgrading to more SNP and STR tests will improve grouping and matching.
But there are some cases where further testing is unwarranted.
For example, where a group contains two members who are already known (by paper trail) to be closely related,
then it is only useful for one of them to extend their testing, as their DNA will be almost identical.

For genealogical research FTDNA recommends a 37 STR marker test as the minimum useful entry level.

The more markers you have tested, the more resolution is possible.

FTDNA offers an a la carte menu for individual SNP tests.

For more comprehensive results, the Geno 2.0  and BigY provide great detail, but are fairly expensive.

Members Forum:

Please visit and feel free to introduce yourself at our members forum.

It provides a way of contacting other members of this project.

You need to be registered with Family Tree DNA Forums before you can access the forum.

Once registered, log in to the forums and then use the following link

Note that a better implementation for communication between members should be (we hope)
be provided by the new myGroups feature which is currently being rolled out at FTDNA.

NPEs and Associate Members:

Members with non-male-Bruce tests are normally allocated to the Associate Members group.

If you have a Y-DNA test and your surname is not Bruce or a variant, AND you believe you have

direct male line Bruce heritage (that is, if you are an NPE case) then please contact us to discuss.

Some Links:

Bruce members forum at Family Tree DNA

Family of Bruce International, Inc

Guestbook at Family of Bruce

Bruce Surname forum at

Our previous Bruce Y-DNA site


General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 1
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 23
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 31
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 23
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 40
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 5
Maternal Ancestor Information 79
mtDNA 43
mtDNA Full Sequence 18
mtDNA Plus 35
mtDNA Subgroups 0
Paternal Ancestor Information 110
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 10
Total Members 179
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 5
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 12
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 7
Y-DNA Subgroups 23
Y-DNA111 11
Y-DNA12 166
Y-DNA25 153
Y-DNA37 134
Y-DNA67 66