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Welcome to the  Clan Cameron DNA Project Website

Inspired by other surname projects, we are working to compile all of the information in our project that participants are willing to share, make some sense of it, and make it more accessible to you.

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If you have not done so already, PLEASE make sure to include your family tree information on your page. This is very important.

News/ Blog

More news on the MC14 SNP marker distinguishing Scottish family lines….

a McPhee cousin took the Big Y test and we now have some ideas about when/ what markers distinguish the McPhees/ McDuffies from the Camerons

this is from him:

My interest in DNA testing began with a request from another member of a MacPhee genealogy group I belong to. I am a known male-line descendant of John McPhee, born in Glen Urquhart, Invernesshire, in 1725. He had emigrated to Nova Scotia in 1775 with his wife and 5 children, ranging in age from 15 to newborn. On the same ship was another McPhee, seventeen-year-old James. Family tradition held that James was unrelated to John, but some thought James might be John’s firstborn. I, and a male-line descendant of James, had a basic DNA test at DNA Heritage, and proved that John and James were NOT father and son. I was R1b-L21 and the other tester was Hg I. Our test results were posted on the McDuffie DNA web site (now defunct). It soon became clear that although most of the testers on the site were R1b-L21, they varied greatly in their test results. The largest clade are now known to be L1335/L1065, or Dal Riata Scots. My results were quite different, and clustered with a few other MacPhees. All of us had 24/24 at 413a/b, and 15/15/15/16 at 464a/b/c/d. Our closest relatives were Camerons, MacPhersons, and MacMillans.

I then went on a SNP chase, and came up empty-handed (except for DF13, which nearly all L21’s share). Then when Price Cameron tested positive for MC14, I tested and was positive as well. I now have Big Y results, which show we share several more SNP’s. One of these, PR1412, appears to separate us from the MacWho cluster, who also have MC14. One SNP that Price has but I do not, PF3449, may be a private Cameron family marker.

I would estimate that the MacPhee/Cameron lines separated around 800 years ago (VERY imprecise, I hope we will get better dates soon). I also hope that more from our MC14 cluster will test so we can fill out the tree and get a better sense of our prehistory.

You can see how MC14 includes Cameron, McPhee, Muny, and Beatty lines, how the PR1412 SNP is shared by both Cameron and McPhee but not Muny and Beatty, and how PF3449 shows up in the Cameron line and not in the McPhee lines on Alex Williamson’s Big Tree: R-MC14 web page and then scrolling down to the P312>L21>DF13>ZZ10>MC14 link (or using your browser’s find function for “Cameron (144395)” ).   Alex updates this regularly as more men take the Big Y test, join the R-L21 Yahoo Group, and directly and upload their raw results to it.

How to test for various markers:

The MC14 marker is pretty inexpensive.  It can be done for about $25 from

I would STRONGLY  recommend anyone with Y DNA results that fits into the following groups to test for this maker:

  • Quebec Templeton Camerons
  • Clunes Camerons
  • Lochaber Ft-William
  • James Cameron of Quebec
  • anyone who has not been assigned a group and has a genetic distance of 4 or less from kit 144395

Individual tests for PR1412 and PF3449 are not available (yet). To test for these and contribute to the overall effort to map out our branches and twigs, you would need to take the Big Y test from This is a bit expensive. If you do this, make sure to join the R-L21 Yahoo group and upload your raw data files to their posting system.


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Web Page Development Ideas

These pages are a work in progress, so please excuse any typos, inadvertent omissions, and pages under construction . We thought it was more important to get information out there before every one was fixed. As we move ahead we would love to add refinements like:

  • more information from participants about their family trees–hunches, what they are looking for, etc.
  • maps showing locations of oldest known ancestors
  • long-standing debates or genealogical puzzles that DNA could answer