"It is improbable that the Fergussons had any single common origin. As far back as we can find enough evidence on which to base theories, we notice at least five main groups of Fergusson existing independently - two in the south-west, one in Argyll, one in north-eastern Perthshire and Angus, one in Aberdeenshire - not to mention others in Balquhidder and Strathyre, in Fife, and in Ross-shire. these groups were so widely separated that they never could and, in fact, never did regard themselves as one clan in the same sense as, for example, the Campbells, Macdonalds and Macleans of the Isles, Macleods, Grants or Munros."
[Sir James Fergusson of Kilkerran, The Fergussons, 1956]
Knox in his History of Mayo (Ireland) tells us that O'Fergus held the parish of Burrishoole in 1303. In county Leitrim, Ireland the Erenachs of Rossinver were the Fergusons or O'Fergusas. There is good reason to believe that not all Ferguson originate in Scotland.
Consistent with the above statements, the Fergus(s)on DNA Project has to date identified no less than twenty different genetic groups of men whose name is Fergusson, Ferguson or Fergus. Furthermore some of these groups are so old that they include persons of many surnames. Within those groups multiple Fergus(s)on families originate who today are no more related to one another than they are to persons of the other names that sprang from that same group.
Sharing of data is a project requirement! Participants are required to provide information on their Fergus(s)on ancestry which is then posted on this site along with test results and analysis.
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The current cost of a 37 marker kit is $149.00 plus shipping and handling. The higher resolution 67 marker kit allows one to make a better estimate of how many generations ago two people share a common ancestor. The higher resolution is necessary when one must examine conflicting genealogies or provide corroborating evidence to support a hypothesis or theory. The current cost of a 67 marker kit is $238.00 plus shipping and handling.
Technical and genealogical questions are answered on our mailing list. Administrative questions can be posed to the project administrators according to their area of responsibility as below:
Name Function Responsibility Colin Ferguson firstname.lastname@example.org Administrator yDNA, Website David Fergusson email@example.com Co-Administrator SNP Leighton Turner LeightonTu@verizon.net Co-Administrator Family Finder
The Ferriss, Hardy and Kidd DNA projects are similiar to our own. So long as on your personal page (click Orange Tab: Setup Preferences) you select I want my matches to be set against the entire database, then your data will be compared with theirs.
Persons who have tested at other labs can compare results with one another by uploading to a common database such as Ysearch. This can be done automatically from your personal page (click Orange Tab: Y-DNA Matches); click on the statement Click here to upload to Ysearch.org. Note: This option appears only if you have not already uploaded your data.
Q: Should I be concerned about privacy?
A: No. The DNA testing being done has little forensic and no medical value. It will not reveal any genetic defects, diseases or uniquely identify you as an individual. However, if you prefer to be identified by a kit number on our website then that can be arranged by so advising the project administrator. In any case you may wish to review the vendor's policy statement and the FAQ on how project participation affects your privacy.
Q: Are there risks associated with DNA testing for genealogy?
A: The risks are similiar to what you might learn via conventional genealogy, e.g. you might uncover an adoption or other non paternal event which could cause emotional distress.
Q: I have already tested at another lab. Can I join the CFSNA project?
A: Family Tree DNA offers a special package for persons who have tested at Ancestry, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF, see Y-DNA Transfer From Another Company.
Q: My 4th great-grandfather is David Ferguson born 1745 in Ireland. As I am female, could one of my sons do the DNA test?
A: No, the surname testing is based on the "Y" chromosome which is a paternal test and thus all samples must be derived from a male surnamed FERGUSON or a variant thereof.
Q: My husband's mother's mother's mother is a Ferguson. Would he be able to participate in the DNA research?
A: It depends on your research objective. There are two different kinds of tests in addition to yDNA. They are mtDNA for tracking a maternal path from mother to mother similiar to yDNA tracking a paternal path from father to father. There is also a test called Family Finder which can track as deep as the 16 surnames associated with your great-great-garndparents.
Q: What paternal test should I order?
A: For the FERGU(S)ON DNA Project it is recommended that one purchase at least a 37 marker kit. This is adequate resolution to say that two people have a common ancestor and thus begin exploration of each other's genealogies. The higher resolution 67 or 111 marker kits allow one to make a better estimate of how many generations ago two people share a common ancestor. The higher resolution is necessary when one must examine conflicting genealogies or provide corroborating evidence to support a hypothesis or theory.
Q: How is the DNA collected?
A: Its done at home by simply swabing the inside of the cheek. Family Tree DNA will mail you a collection kit and it comes with instructions on how to swab the inside of the cheek and mail it back.
Q: How long does it take to get results?
A: Six to eight weeks.
Q: My grandfather does not use the internet but would like to read about the project. Do you have a file that I can print and send to him?
A: Yes, click here for an article that was written for Clan Fergusson Society of North America which described the project.
Q: What is a Haplogroup?
A: Research to date has identifed the most ancient of our ancestors as having originated from several different groups. A haplotype is the specific genetic signature of a person's DNA. A haplogroup is the set of haplotypes sharing a common characteristic. All persons within a specific haplogroup share a common ancestor.
Q: If we all come from Adam and Eve then don't men in turn all have the same Y-chromosome?
A: Mutations occur resulting in different lines. In fact one complication in interpreting results is that mutations can occur causing once different lines to evolve with the same Y-chromosome and effect termed 'convergence'.
Q: I am not a close match to any other Ferguson. How can I be sure that an act of infidelity or adoption has not occured in the line between me and my most ancient paternal ancestor?
A: Convince your most distant relation sharing that ancestor to submit a DNA sample. You have to find someone who shares only that ancestor with you. If you both match then you will be sure.
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