How this works

The Scottish DNA Project was established in Oct 2001 by John Hansen to look at the potential interrelationships of the Scottish Clans and Families.  However, it was soon obvious that these same results would show relationships with any other family or group that could have a common connection by migration due to wars, economic movements, etc.

There are four components to the overall Scottish DNA Project.  You can select any or all of these items as you wish. There is no requirement for example, to do the DNA testing in our project.  We only provide this service as a means to be able to have potential contributors obtain the discounts that are available to all registered Surname and Geographic projects.

1. The Family Tree DNA testing program 

Click on the link below to begin the process for your own DNA Test You may need to enter the Code R56404 if your browser doesn’t send all requested codes.

Please look carefully at the various tests that are available.  We recommend the 37 or 67 marker test to give more meaningful results.  The 12 and 25 marker test can provide some initial indications, but is usually too general to indicate any positive relationships.
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tests are available
2. Our project page at Family Tree DNA
This web site will now publish all DNA test results where the person has been tested at Family Tree DNA (or joined our project) and authorized the public display of those records.

You can also request to join our Scottish DNA project at

You will get your own HomePage at where you can…

  •   upload GEDCOM files
  •   check for DNA matches
  •   plot ancestral locations

We strongly encourage all participants to add details of their most distant known paternal and maternal ancestors to their Family Tree DNA account.  This can be found by first logging into your Family Tree DNA homepage.  Go to ‘My Account’, there you will find the ‘Most Distant Ancestors’ tab.  Information to include consists of the following: name of the individual, date, event type and most importantly the location. Here is a typical example of how the details can be entered:

Archibald Campbell, b.1787, Kilfinan, Argyll

We also advise participants to join an appropriate surname, clan, family or haplogroup project.

These two databases are provided by Family Tree DNA as a free public service. Your results can be uploaded directly from your Y-DNA Matches or mtDNA Matches page, or directly.

3. The Scot-DNA Mailing List at supports the Scottish DNA Project. 

The list is administered by Lauren Boyd. Join by sending an email to: with the one word: “Subscribe” (no quotes) in the body of the message.
There is also an archive of research reports and analysis at

4. Scottish DNA Project Blog – Our blog aims to keep participants and the wider genetic community updated in an informal manner of project news, results and developments

Additional resources

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    This is a social network site for those with an interest in Scottish DNA and family history, with records, genealogy trees, advice, and miscellaneous information.
    It requires a login so that the information is not generally public for protection against spiders etc.
    Contact Charlotte Braun by email at subject=Join MyFamily Web Site.
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    Alastair McIntyre has also graciously allowed us to provide links for a general genealogy background on most of the Scottish Clans & Families as well as our Scottish DNA project. See the Scottish DNA community page for more detail.


Alasdair Macdonald = University of Strathclyde

Lauren Boyd = Administrator of the mailing list

Please forward this overview report to any relevant message boards and mailing lists.

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