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.
- The International Lindsay* Surname
DNA Project will be limited to males bearing the Lindsay*
surname at birth.
- 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
- 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.
- Only Y-Chromosome DNA test data will be
utilized by the International Lindsay* Surname DNA
- The testing of participants in the
International Lindsay* Surname DNA Project should
be accomplished as a composite Lindsay group, for the
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.
DNA testing laboratories
are prepared to give the greatest discount on their pricing to defined surname groups.
- As a result of the need for a coordinated
group effort (see item 5 above), the project requires the services of a
- 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
- FTDNA is the laboratory of choice for the
International Lindsay Surname DNA Project testing.
- 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.
- 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.
- At the conclusion of the test, FTDNA will
make available to each participant, at their web site, a certificate of your
- 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.
- 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,