is being be used to profile the great lines of the Douglas Clan. We can
now prove our link to the earliest
and to each other.
is done by testing males who can trace their lines right back to William
Douglas (c1174). These males carry the Y DNA of William (c1174) almost
unchanged since the 10th century. The mutations which have
occurred will show the divergence of these lines.
those modern lines of Douglas who have lost their links to the old
lines, this DNA may provide the means of re-establishing their roots. They
can test the DNA of their families and compare to the DNA of those known
to descend from William. This will establish which lines have the matching
DNA. Conventional Genealogy can then be focused into the correct area to
find the individuals making the link.
is currently underway for the descendants of the 1st Earl of
Queensberry, and, descendants of the 1st Earl of Morton
and of the Earls of Angus.
detailed examination of the DNA test results it can be determined where
your family (males) originated, and how they came to the
. Were they Vikings? Or
were they peasant farmers? Could they have been from the Roman
occupation of the
or the archers of
do the test we will be able to determine where William (1100s) was among
the above groups.
more information or to participate:
this site, you will find links to FT DNA, who can carry out the analysis.
Their FAQ section is worth a look if you are uncertain what this is all
Although FT DNA is a US laboratory it ships testing
materials to the UK every day. It does seem to me to be the best lab
for the job. In addition we get a group discount on tests done through
this site. This is because each surname project has a volunteer
group co-ordinator, taking some of the workload away from the DNA
experts at the lab.
If Douglases test all over the place we will
not be able to collate the informaton and actually define the lines.
Comparisons between labs is not straightforward.
But, for details of DNA testing in the UK, click
Since a Surname Project in essence traces members
of a family that share a common surname, and females (a) don't carry their
father's Y-DNA, and (b) acquire a new surname by the way of marriage, in
order to be relevant to the Surname Project, the tested individual must
be a male that wants to check his paternal line (father's father's
father's...). The test to be ordered is either the Y-DNA12, Y-DNA25 or
Y-DNA37, and females should look for a brother or cousin with that surname
to be tested. Females
can also order a test for themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus,
but the results of this test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.
Seven Daughters of Eve
Over the past decade research in Oxford and other universities
throughout the world, has shown that our mitochondrial DNA (or mtDNA for
short), which is inherited exclusively through the maternal line, uncovers
a genetic legacy which has been invisible until now.
This female genealogy has created an evolutionary framework going back
150,000 years, and reveals that almost everyone in Europe, or whose
maternal roots are in Europe, is descended from one of only seven women.
Each of them founded a maternal clan whose descendants make up well over
95% of modern Europeans.
These seven women, the 'Seven Daughters of Eve', have been given the
names Ursula (Latin for "she-bear"), Xenia (Greek for
"hospitable"), Helena (Greek for "light"), Velda
(Scandinavian for "ruler"), Tara (Gaelic for "rock"),
Katrine (Greek for "pure") and Jasmine (Persian for
You can now find your own place within this genealogy - by far the
world's largest known family tree. If your roots are in Europe, you will
discover which of these women is your ancestor and find out about her
In other parts of the world, twenty seven equivalent clans have been
identified so far. If your maternal roots lie outside Europe, you can find
which one of these you belong to and how you are connected to all the