The idea is to reunite MacIntyre families via DNA matching and genealogy research.
At our World Gatherings we will be able to connect more family members
So many Highland families were disrupted by social upheaval, the Clearances, wars, migration, and poverty; with some families losing contact as recently as two or three generations ago. A lot of us have first and second cousins we’ve never met. Most of us would have third and fourth cousins we don’t even know exist.
The Clan MacIntyre Trust would like to help reunite as many families as possible by working on a special MacIntyre/McIntyre DNA project.
A local member of the Clan MacIntyre Trust – Valerie Bichener in Oban – has undertaken a study of both sides of her own family through DNA and through her own genetic journey has discovered many new connections and new cousins across the globe. It is not an instant process, hence the importance of undertaking the test now, so that as more people have themselves tested, the more opportunities you will have of making matches.
Ancestry.com has the largest database: it broke the 2 Million barrier in June 2016. It started in the USA in 2012 with UK, Australia,New Zealand and Canada added in 2015.
Valerie is more than happy to share her expertise and Ancestry DNA offers the ability to share your results with others so this can help us identify similar connections and in time, will allow us to find a possible common ancestor(s).
This could mean potentially getting in contact with long lost cousins and having the opportunity to meet at the Gathering!
How to get your DNA tested:
There are several commercial organisations that will test your Autosomal DNA for a reasonable price. No blood required!! It is merely either a cheek swab or saliva sample, Here are the main Autosomal DNA testing companies.:
Family Tree DNA http://www.familytreedna.com
23 and me: https://www.23andme.com
If you want to know more about the differences between the tests this chart is useful
To help your choice of testing company, these are some figures from Valerie’s results.
- Ancestry provides 9250 matches of which 78 are 4th cousins. Previously in 2015, there were only 16 4th cousins or closer. 4th cousins share great great great grandparents of which we all have 32 so could take us back to early 1800s or earlier.
- One of Valerie’s 4th cousins in Tennessee USA has 1133 4th cousins and over 27000 matches
- Family Tree DNA provides 1651 matches
- 23 and me provides 460 matches
For tracing deep ancestry on say just the Paternal line Y Test or Maternal -Mitochondrial then Family Tree DNA offer various bundles. There is also a MacIntyre/McIntyre Forum
Once you have been tested by one of the above, you can upload the results to Gedmatch www.gedmatch.com for more detailed insights and comparison tools to help us find other MacIntyre/McIntyre connections out there. NB This is only for Autosomal DNA.
Recently DNA has been used to help adoptees find their birth families and with the centenary of World War 1 there has also been a project to help identify previously unknown soldiers. There are various tools to identify who else matches you on particular segments.There are lots of webinars/you tube videos and blogs explaining these techniques.
When you’ve had your DNA tested, please join our MacIntyre DNA and genealogy Facebook group where we are working together connecting the dots!
Family Tree DNA and Ancestry usually do special offers around Black Friday so watch out for offers.
Please beware Groupon offer an Ancestry Kit special through https://ancestrybydna.com which is not suitable for genetic genealogy.