Galbraith DNA Testing Project
information - Why test your dna?
Are you eligible for a free or subsidized DNA test?
We are searching for Male Surnamed Galbraiths who are representative of
a currently untested family line. Under certain conditions, Clan
Galbraith may subsidize Y-DNA testing for these representatives. The
amount of subsidy whether partial or full will depend on priorities
established through the following criteria:
i. Potential value of
the results to the Clan based on number of members benefiting and
expected importance of results;
ii. Untested lines and those lines
with suspected or confused results;
iii. Lines of special interest
(may be descendant of a Chief, a famous ancestor, etc.);
Willingness of the applicant or friends and interested relatives to
assist in the cost sharing of the test.
You do not need to be a
Clan Galbraith member to be eligible.
To apply please complete the
send an email to
including your Galbraith line and oldest known Galbraith ancestor.
Clan Galbraith DNA Project
The Galbraith DNA Project was created to explore and better define the
relationships of the 1500+ past and present members of the Galbraith Clan, a
clan which began in 1150 on Loch Lomond. The project has two main
1. Y-DNA testing of Males born Galbraith or one of its
spelling variants. Female descendants can arrange to have a male Galbraith
surnamed relative (father, brother, cousin, uncle, etc.) tested.
Autosomal Testing for Females and Males who have a Galbraith in their direct
and near-term past, such as a great, great grandmother. Note that detection
capability drops off quickly beyond the 3rd great grandparent.
Galbraith DNA project began in the fall of 2003 and thus far, we have had
more than 250 participants. Project participants come from all
English-speaking countries. We have discovered the Galbraith lines are
diverse, having multiple early origins with thirteen major DNA groups now
discovered; parent countries (Ireland or Scotland predominate) have been
found for most groups; many surnames, including those listed, have proven to
come from the Galbraith root; several lines have proven connections back to
our Clan Chiefs in the 1300s; and a few with other surnames (e.g., Britton,
King, and Creel) surprisingly match the Galbraith DNA and through adoption
or other events there was a common ancestor. The genealogy and history for
all Galbraith's has prospered from testing, not only for our test subjects,
but for those with a proven relationship to a participant. We recommend
participants purchase through FTDNA an Y-DNA test if they are a Galbraith
surnamed male at the highest number of markers within their financial
means--the YDNA-37 marker test being the minimum; the Family Finder
autosomal test if they are a male or female Galbraith descendant; or for
Galbraith males a combination autosomal-Y DNA test. Beside your test results
with our analysis and discussion, a participant also is provided a one-year
membership in Clan Galbraith if a YDNA test is taken. If qualified, please
join us in this exciting endeavor.
The Clan Galbraith DNA project with FamilyTreeDNA
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