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Lindsay* Surname DNA Project

General Project Guidelines 

The stated purpose and goal, of the Lindsay* Surname DNA Project, is to perform Y-Chromosome DNA tests on a representative international group of males bearing the Lindsay surname, at birth, in an attempt to reliably establish the Lindsay haplotype (s) and determine which of the Lindsay lineages share a common ancestor.

To accomplish this goal, the following recommended guidelines have been established.

  1. The International Lindsay* Surname DNA Project will be limited to males bearing the Lindsay* surname at birth.
  1. Participants must, to the best of their knowledge, be descended from a line of males that is genetically unbroken for any known reason such as adoption, legal name change, or any other biological incidence.
  1. Participants must provide the Project Coordinator with a minimum of three primary source (the participant, his father & his paternal grandfather) proven generations of paternal ancestors.  More than three generations would provide for even better positioning of the surname haplotype.
  1. Only Y-Chromosome DNA test data will be utilized by the International Lindsay* Surname DNA Project.
  1. The testing of participants in the International Lindsay* Surname DNA Project should be accomplished as a composite Lindsay group, for the following reasons.

a.       Each DNA test laboratory uses different groups of Y-chromosome STR markers to establish a Y-Chromosome haplotype.  Thus it would be useless to receive marker values from other sources that could not be compared to a database of Lindsays who had already been tested.

b.      DNA testing laboratories are prepared to give the greatest discount on their pricing to defined surname groups.

  1. As a result of the need for a coordinated group effort (see item 5 above), the project requires the services of a Project Coordinator.
  1. Ron Lindsay initiated the International Lindsay Surname DNA Project in 2001 and continues to volunteer to serve as the Project Coordinator for the International Lindsay Surname DNA Project.
  1. FTDNA is the laboratory of choice for the International Lindsay Surname DNA Project testing.
  1. The Y-Chromosome DNA test process does not require any blood samples but instead requires only DNA samples taken from Q-tip type swabs of the  inside of the cheeks of the participants mouth.
  1. The turnaround time for the DNA analysis of your DNA sample could take as long as 6-8 weeks from the date of receipt of the samples by the test laboratory and the notification of the test results.
  1. At the conclusion of the test, FTDNA will make available to each participant, at their web site, a certificate of your DNA test results.
  1. Remote as it may be, there is a recognized risk in participating in this type of project whereby the participant could possibly discover from the test results that he is not descended from the surname he expected, due to an unknown incidence of adoption, arbitrary name change, infidelity, etc. which occurred somewhere in his ancestry.
  1. The composite Y-chromosome STR marker results of the International Lindsay/Lindsey Surname DNA Project will be posted at the FTDNA web site on the specific Lindsay International web pages, using your unique FTDNA Kit Number.

* It has been established that the use of the Lindsay surname, throughout this web site, implies all the accepted different spellings of the surname found in the site Orthography section.  

This Page Was Last Updated:  February 20, 2017

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