Scottish DNA Database Being Created at Glasgow Caledonian University

Genealogists interested in researching their Scottish roots will soon have a new resource thanks to a new genealogy center created by the Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.  The center will join together traditional genealogical research with recent advances in genetic genealogy to help individuals verify their Scottish roots with DNA testing.  According to the Scottish Tourist Board at, more than 50 million people throughout the world can claim Scottish ancestry.

This testing will be done by mouth swab and will be conducted in a new forensics lab built at the University.  The center will use both Y-chromosome and mtDNA results to build their database.  Researchers at the University hope that the center will eventually be able to build a genetic map of the clans of Scotland by looking for markers that are specific for each particular clan.  The test should cost around GBP60 ($120USD), and a number of people have already expressed an interest in the test.

The center will also involve the genealogy company Scottish Roots Ltd. and the 1745 Trading Company, a sales and marketing firm.

[Thanks to UK Family Search]

3 Responses

  1. John Charles Dyer 10 February 2008 / 9:19 pm

    I had the 12 marker done recently by National Geo and am pending the 37 marker at Family Tree DNA. I have been struggling to understand, but if I do then my DNA should have a Scot clan connection although my family has been in Cornwall a very long time. Can anyone educate me on the meaning of

    13, 23, 14, 10, 11, 14, 12, 12, 12, 14, 13, 30, the 10 being 391, the 11 385a, the 23 390.

  2. Blaine Bettinger 10 February 2008 / 10:15 pm

    John, I recommend trying some of the following steps: research your haplogroup to learn more about the roots of that group. Does your haplotype belong to a certain sub-haplogroup?

    Also, I would recommend comparing your haplotype to the haplotypes of others. Set up a profile at Ysearch or Ybase and then try to find matches.

    And finally, there is a Dyer DNA Project (a simple google search will locate it at Worldfamilies) with a lot of Dyer participants. Does your DNA match any of those Dyers? I would recommend joining that group.

    Good luck!

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