Scottish DNA Project- Background



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The project welcomes individuals who have an unbroken Scottish lineage on their direct paternal (yDNA) or maternal (mtDNA) line of descent.

For example - father > grandfather > great-grandfather > great-great-grandfather or mother > grandmother > great-grandmother > great-great-grandmother etc.

The project was originally established in October 2001 as the Scottish Clans DNA Project, but is now administered by the Genealogical Studies team at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. The project merged with the Scotland DNA Project in 2012.


Surname testing
For surname research we recommend the 37 Y-DNA marker test as a good entry level product and the minimum useful for genealogical matching.  The test can be upgraded to 67 markers at any time.  This test can only be taken by males.

The Scottish DNA Project has no connection with the company called Scotlandsdna / Britainsdna who only test 'deep ancestry' markers and do not test markers useful within a genealogical time frame.

Deep ancestry testing
If you are interested in 'deep ancestry' whether it is male or female origins, we would presently recommend the National Genographic Project Test results from the National Genographic Project can be transferred into the Family Tree DNA database (and attached to your kit number if you have already tested with FTDNA).  Geno 2 costs approximately ¬£124 ($199.95).

The Geno 2 kit tests
12,316 Y-Chromosome SNPs and 3,352 mtDNA SNPs mitochondrial SNPs.

For further information please visit our comprehensive website at:

Project Blog:
For project news or information visit our blog at:

The Project can be found on Google+ and has a Google group here Scottish DNA Project

How to join: If you have never had your DNA tested there is a discounted price available by joining through this project.

Click on the following link to begin the process for your own Family Tree DNA test

Alternatively if you have not tested before and live in the British Isles, test kits can now be purchased and mailed direct from United Kingdom in £Sterling.
Check out or email for details.

If you have already tested with Family Tree DNA
- Login to your FTDNA account.
- At the top of the page you will see the
'Projects' tab. Click on 'Join'
- Scroll down the page to find the 'Search by Surname' box
- Type in
Scottish and click the 'Search' tab
- Once you have clicked on the
Scottish DNA tab, scroll down to the bottom of the page
- Click on the
'Join' tab.

If you get an error message it typically means that you are already a member of the project.
Your join request will receive an acknowledgement from FTDNA that the process is complete and in due course you will receive a welcome message from the project administrator.

Third Party upload deal from Family Tree DNA
If you tested with another company for STR markers you may now transfer your Y-DNA results if they used the Sorenson 33 or 46-marker test. This includes results from, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF.

(If you have deep ancestry results from Scotlandsdna and would like to contribute them to the Scottish DNA Project for research purposes, then please email them to Your results cannot unfortunately be integrated with our public database).

Third Party upload deal from Family Tree DNA is available here:

General Fund

Project Stats

Statistic Type Count
Big Y 488
Combined GEDCOMs Uploaded 1416
DISTINCT mtDNA Haplogroups 762
DISTINCT Y-DNA Confirmed Haplogroups 276
DISTINCT Y-DNA Predicted Haplogroups 0
Family Finder 2722
Genographic 2.0 Transfers 389
Maternal Ancestor Information 4881
mtDNA 3109
mtDNA Full Sequence 1615
mtDNA Plus 2508
mtDNA Subgroups 165
Paternal Ancestor Information 6437
Predicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 948
Total Members 7722
Unpredicted Y-DNA Haplogroups 0
Unreturned Kits 169
WTY 37
Y-DNA Deep Clade (After 2008) 1122
Y-DNA Deep Clade (Prior to 2008) 570
Y-DNA Subgroups 154
Y-DNA111 1481
Y-DNA12 6330
Y-DNA25 5831
Y-DNA37 5625
Y-DNA67 3909