Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Families in the Scots-Irish DNA Project June 2015

The Scots-Irish DNA Project now has 761 participating families.  Below is a roster of the participating families.  As you can see the families are a combination of Lowland and Highland Scottish surnames with a few native Irish surnames.  All these families self identify as being Scots-Irish.  Most of these families participated in the 18th Century Ulster Migration to English Colonies and early Republic, or in the 19th Century Ulster migration into Canada.

The majority of the Lowland Scottish families are from Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and Gallowayshire, and most of these families migrated to Ireland during the Ulster Plantation (1609-1720).  The Highland Scottish surnames from Argyll, Lennox, and the Southern Hebrides; many of these families migrated to Ulster circa 1550-1600).

The dominate haplogroups are Insular Celts (85%) and there is about 12% of the haplogroups of Norse/Norman ancestry.   The native Irish surnames come from certain families that converted to the reformed faith and became part of the Protestant Irish community in the 1600s. 

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  1. Not such place as Gallowayshhire, Galloway is a region that includes Wigtownshire, kirkcudbrightshire and Dumfriesshire. I would think this list would it he Scottish border shires as well as they were the first lowlanders forced out as part of the plantation movement of James VI/I after 1603

  2. Thanks for the input, I do use obsolete terms I know. It is because most of the families we are dealing with left the home countries in the 1700s. What I can tell you about the origins of the Lowland families participating, meaning the descendants of those that migrated from Ulster, is we have a lot of surnames from western Scotland; Wightown & Kirkcudbright (which I call Gallowayshire), Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, and I should have listed Renfrewshire also. You are quite right, I used the obsolete term for the region.