Wednesday, 24 June 2009

McIlhagga DNA Project - An Offer

It would be very helpful to our Clan research to have the DNA of some male members analysed. We have many family trees going back to the early 19th Century and just a few going back further. From the historical records we cannot make links between the different families in these trees but a DNA Project could help us to do that. It could also help us in finding where our clan origins are. The American Firm called FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) is the one we are working with and at present - until July 7th - they have a special offer on to enable people to have their DNA analysed at a very reasonable rate. It would be good if we could take advantage of this offer. As I have mentioned before, I have had my Y-chromosome test to 37 markers, and this is what is recommended for good comparisons to be made. The following is the notice that FTDNA have sent me today:

Project Website


Contact Group Administrator


The McIlhagga DNA Project welcomes all participants. We encourage you to join today! 

Our project is just getting started, and we expect to have many exciting discoveries. 

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your family history research. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, the results for the various family trees will provide information about the evolution of the surname. 

The surnames in this DNA Project are researched as part of the McIlhagga one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site, or contacting the Group Administrator. 

The Y DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a McIlhagga or variant in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree. 

We encourage males who order a Y DNA test to order 37 markers, if possible. If you order less markers, you can upgrade later, though this costs a little more. 

Both males and females may also be interested in learning about their direct female line, which would be their mother, their mother's mother, and back in time. Both men and women inherit mtDNA, although only women pass it on. You would order a mtDNA test. For matches in a genealogical time frame, order the mtDNA Plus test. 


A Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, this test is for males taking a Y-DNA test. Females do not carry their father's Y-DNA and acquire a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his direct paternal line (father's father's father's...) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA67 marker test. Females who would like to check their direct paternal line can have a male relative with this surname order a Y-DNA test. Females can also order an mtDNA test for themselves such as the mtDNA or the mtDNAPlus test and participate in an mtDNA project.

Surnames In This Project

McElhago, McIlhaga, McIlhagga, McIlhaggart, McIlhagger, McIlhaggo

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