Oliver Surname Project and Supporting Linked Pages
Over 130 men from many different countries have been tested for 12 or more Y DNA markers as of November, 2013. The last names of these men include Oliver, Oliveira, and Olivier. A few of our groups and one individual Oliver have one or more men named Oliphant that are close matches. There is also a separate surname project for Oliphant. (see http://www.familytreedna.com/public/oliphant/default.aspx?section=yresults)
Oliver is a very common last name and so not surprisingly, there are at least 20 different groups of men that have matching haplotypes. Some men do not match any other Oliver tested thus far.
The men tested in this project come from many countries in the world. This is excellent since they have different access to genealogical records in various countries and may be able to help each other understand migration patterns of their families.
There are also Oliver men tested of different ethnicity. These are often reflected by different haplogroups. Most members have a R haplogroup, but we also have members from the E, G, I, J, and haplogroups in the project. This further confirms the wide diversity of origins of men with the last name of Oliver.
See the background section for links to webpages on another server about the genealogy of some members in some groups. Participants who wish to share such information should email me please (firstname.lastname@example.org).