|Fergus(s)on DNA Project
Clan Fergusson Society of North America
The principal files accessed by the menu above are listings for the project participants by type of test, i.e. paternal (yDNA) and Family Finder. The listings include the earliest known ancestor of each participant and links to additional detail. If you are trying to discover if you share a common ancestor with somebody in the project use of the search engine is your best bet (tip: leave out the word Ferguson or you will get a hit for every page).
Project participants are subgrouped by haplogroup and clade. A project participant should first look in the participant listings to see which subgroup they are in. Once a participant knows their subgroup they can then look for their results presented in one of two formats: (1) separate pages with analysis for each haplogroup or (2) a link to the FTDNA data tables showing all haplogroups on one page.
"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
[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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Contribute to our General Fund which is used to purchase kits for non-genealogically oriented FERGUS(S)ON whose lineage is of interest to the group as a whole because they can document a lineage back to the UK in a time frame preceding civil records. To this end genealogies of families of interest are presented and worked forwards in time with the goal of finding living males willing to participate in the project as sponsored benchmarks; see Ancestral Fergus(s)on Families.
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