New FTDNA Forbes Surname Admin

Please welcome an additional Administrator of the FamilyTreeDNA (FTDNA) Y-DNA Forbes Surname Group, Philip Stead!

Philip Stead is currently a postgraduate student at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, in the MSc Genealogical, Palaeographic and Heraldic Studies Programme. He intends to continue onto a PhD research doctorate where he will focus his research on ancient DNA analysis. Philip has a keen interest in researching Scottish nobility and the genetic connections between noble families. In particular, he is intrigued with the Y-DNA of clan chief lineages and atDNA links from those descended from Scottish noble lineages.


Philip has been a FTDNA project administrator for about 10 years now, including for the Seaton/Seton DNA project. Philip is descended from a child of George Seton, the Fifth Earl of Winton, a Jacobite supporter who was imprisoned in the Tower of London before escaping to Europe. The Earl, in turn, can be traced back to Alexander Seton, steward of the King’s household. He has been managing an uncle’s FTDNA kit which is part of the Forbes DNA project.


His goals for the Forbes surname group are (1) helping members with understanding of their DNA results; (2) advising members on upgrade options if they wish to advance their research; (3) developing the results page with clusters of appropriate genetic groupings; (4) assisting members to create genetic links to the House of Forbes; and (5) supporting other genealogical aspects of research.


Welcome, Philip!

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