Researching Family Roots - DNA
Clan Donnachaidh has implemented a DNA surname project with FamilyTreeDNA
of Houston, Texas. A few clan members are able to trace their ancestry
with certainty to the first Chief but most are left to ponder. Now with
the advent of DNA, many Duncans, Reids and Robertsons may find they share
common ancestors. As the program grows other clan surnames, such as Stark.
Dobbins, Collier, etc. will join the project.
The power of DNA may someday provide the answer to a Clan Donnachaidh mystery.
The father of Duncan, the first chief, was Andrew deAtholia. Did he descend
from King Duncan I or Somerled, Lord of the Isles? Further testing may
provide the answer!
The Family Tree DNA test kit, which may be ordered on the internet or by
mail, includes swabs for collecting inside cheek samples, instructions
and a return mailer. The kit is available to clan names for a reduced price
of $171, which includes shipping, and must be paid for in advance by credit
card or check. Remembering that the Y chromosome only follows the male
line, women who wish to participate should ask a male member of the family
to submit the test (father, brother, cousin).
Those wishing to learn more about the program can contact Family Tree DNA
at www.familytreedna.com and look for the Donnachaidh Surname Project.
Be sure to ask for the Y-DNAPlus test (25 marker Y chromosome test).