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Sutherland DNA Project
This is a Global DNA Project for Sutherland's around the world. Have any questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us.
Below is a video clip from Dr. Greenspan (CEO of FamilyTree DNA) outlining the reasons for analyzing your DNA to further your genealogical research.
If your goal is to try to expand your family tree, the Paternal Lineage tests provide the DNA results necessary to help find other participants who might be genetically related to you. The Paternal Lineage test analyzes specific segments of the Y-chromosome which is only found in males. And because the Y-chromosome is passed largely unchanged from father to son, DNA results from a male participant today can be used to represent the paternal lineage dozens of generations into the past.
Available to both males and females, the Maternal Lineage test traces your ancient ancestry from your Mother's side. As the earliest humans migrated out of Africa, they adapted to their new surroundings and became distinct populations from one another which can be detected by analyzing DNA. The Maternal Lineage test differs from the Paternal test in that it cannot validate a family relationship -- so even if your maternal DNA is an identical match with another participant it can only prove that you may have been related thousands of years ago. On the other hand, if your results differ in any way, the results prove that your are definitively not related. Please note that the purpose of this website is mainly for those whose ancestors descended from the North of Scotland, in Caithness and Sutherland, and for those seeking to learn about their deep Northern Scottish ancestry.
The purpose of this website is to help Sutherland's from around the world determine if they may be genetically related to native Sutherland's of Scotland, and elsewhere, and to help all of us learn more about our deep ancestry and 'From whence we came'.