New Forbes DNA Research Project Announced


The Clan Forbes Society is pleased to announce that FamilyTreeDNA Forbes Group Administrator is planning to conduct a formal project to research the Y-DNA origins of the clan chief, analyze and compare the DNA test results of the Forbes surname group at FamilyTreeDNA, explore the likely ancient origins of the different Y-DNA genetic groups within the project, and investigate autosomal DNA (atDNA) connections between project members determine ancestral links.


Philip Stead became an Administrator of the Forbes surname group in November 2020 and presented his initial findings the Clan Forbes Gathering on Zoom in March 21. Mr. Stead is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in the MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Programme. This Forbes DNA project would be written up as a full thesis and it may get published. He will be applying for a small grant to further the research which would be used for testing some more project members.


Specifically, his plans include:

  • Researching and documenting the ancestry of Lord Forbes and his associated heraldry;

  • Analyzing the Y chromosome SNPs associated with the Chieftain lineage;

  • Analyzing the Y chromosome SNPs associated with those with the surname Forbes which are not of the same yDNA haplogroup as Lord Forbes;

  • Researching the likely ancient origins of the different yDNA genetic groups within the project and conclude logical migration paths;

  • Investigating any autosomal DNA connections between project members to try and conclude potential ancestral links; and

  • Exploring potential small segments of atDNA in connecting to noble ancestors from Lord Forbes’ ancestry.

Mr. Stead seeks as wide a genetic pool as possible and advises the use of the Big Y-600 DNA test. The Society encourages the participation of all clan members with the surname Forbes, especially those with the haplogroups R-M269, I-M253, and I-M223. If you have not used FamilyTreeDNA for your test results, see: Tested With Another Company? Upload Your Data For Free!

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