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Galbraith DNA Testing Project

DNA testing 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.);
iv. 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. 3 years free membership may also be awarded subject to need based on the above conditions.

To apply please complete the online form.
or 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 components:

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.
2. 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.

Our 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.

Clan Galbraith members only DNA page.

The Clan Galbraith DNA project with FamilyTreeDNA
Members' STR results and subgroups
Members' STR results with colorized differences
Member haplogroups and SNP test result
Members' mtDNA test results
You tube videos on DNA

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