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Welcome to the McClure DNA Project 

  172 Men Currently in the McClure Y-DNA Project!

Over 225 McClure DNA members total!







Recent Project updates :

2 Jan 2016 Posted the Earliest Known Ancestor (on the McClure 1.5 Lineage DYS 447 = 24 Branch) for M-163 on the Patriarch page.

2 Jan 2016 Posted M-163 Pedigree on the Patriarchs page under McClure 1 Lineage DYS = 24 Branch of McClure's.

3 Jan 2016 Posted both M-152 and M-160 Pedigrees on the Patriarch Page to the McClure Lineage 1 "No distict DNA pattern to determine Branch". But suspect M-152, M-158 and M-160 will become a new McClure 1 Lineage Branch. M-25 might also belong to this new Branch. Of the four members listed no common ancestor has been determined and geographic locations are fairly scattered. 

16 Jan 2016 Posted M-164 1-37 Y-DNA markers to the Y-Results page. Placed in McClure Lineage 1.0 "No distict DNA Pattern to determine branch".  Suspect he may ultimatly be placed in McClure Lineage 1.4.1, but will he will need at least an upgrade to 67 markers to prove it, he already has the rare "10" mutation at marker DYS 391. The 67 marker upgrade will tell if he has the 11 mutation at marker DYS 511 and the 16 mitation at marker DYS 534. Still need pedigree.

17 Jan 2016 Posted M-161 Pedigree on Patriarch page to the Unidentified McClure lineage with 111 marker Y-DNA test.

21 Jan 2016 Posted the first part of the new discussion page. More to come.

1 Feb 2016 Posted M-155 pedigree to the Patriarch page under the Halbert McClure section. It is not clear yet how he connects to Halbert or his Brother John at this time.

12 Feb 2016 Posted Y-DNA Markers 68-111 for M-144 (Lineage 9) on the Y-Results page.

6 Mar 2016 New Member M-167 arrived with 67 marker Y-DNA test, posted results to the Y-results page. Placed in McClure Lineage 1.5 (DYS 447=24) branch of McClures. No pedigree at this time.

15 Apr -3 May 2016 Posted  Full 111 Y-DNA markers for M-166. Placed solidly in the McClure Lineage 1.4.1 which is the line of Habert and his brother John, & Richard McClure of Findrum/Concoy/Raphoe, Donegal, Norther Ireland. His placement was in the group for Richard, who is thought to be born in the mid 1600's and died 1709 in Northern Ireland. M-166 pedigree could help connect Charles who married Eleanor to a much earlier Patriach. Research work is beeing done to confirm.

5 June 2016 Posted Y-DNA markers 1-111 for M-168. No matches within the project at this time.

10 June 2016 Posted Y-DNA markers 1-37 for M-165. Tenative placement in McClure Lineage 1.7 (Andrew McClure of North Carolina m. Mary Wilson Branch). Recommend an upgrade test to confirm placement.

1 Sep 2016 Updated the Y-Results page with several new members test results and some members upgrade test results.

5 Oct 2016 Posted M-165 Pedigree on the Patriarchs page

30 Oct 2016 Posted M-170 pedigree on the Patriarch page under the Halbert/John section right under the existing M-21 pedigree due to the possibility of the two have very similar Y-DNA results. Stronly recommend that M-21 consider a 68-111 marker upgrade perhaps during the next holiday period sale?

5 Nov 2016 posted major corrections, to the M-170 pedigree on the Patriarch page.

12 Nov 2016 Posted Y-DNA markers 1-67 for M-171 on the Y-Results Page. Placed in McClure Lineage 2. 

5 Jan 2017 Posted M-170 full 111 markers on Y-Results page. New members M-172 and M-173 both awaiting 111 marker test results.  


Surname Y-DNA testing and "Family Finder Test" are the newest tools available to McClure genealogists!

  • Surname Y-DNA tests allow McClure genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry. Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional McClure paper trails.
  • The Family Finder test is designed to trace all of your ancestral lines (5 generations and beyond) using your autosomal DNA (Non Gender DNA passed on to you by both parents) in order to confidently identify relationships for five generations. This is different from mtDNA and Y–chromosome DNA tests, which are intended to clearly trace exclusively the direct maternal or paternal lines.

The following McClure surname variations are common in McClure research are welcome in this project. Also below is a list of McClures that members are specificly searching for to fill out Lineages, Prove/disprove Lineages or family Branches in the Y-DNA Project:

MacClure, MacLure, McCluer, McClure, McLure, McClewer, McCleur, McLurg, McClurd.


Members are looking for Male McClures (must carry the McClure surname) that descend from the following McClure lines (Updated as requests come in):

- David McClure of Donegal Township (Lancaster) Pa. (From any of his six sons)

- Francis McClure of Hanover Township Pa. (Any McClure Men that Descend of any of his sons)

- Old John McClure of Letort Springs, Pa. (Any McClure Men that Descend from Old John) Two Men have been found todate!

- Thomas McClure of the Westmoreland area of Pa near Wilkes-Barre, also of Tioga Point and Catherinstown area of NY

- Samuel McClure Elder in Rev. Morehead's Church 1729 in Boston.

- Moses McClure of New York early 1700's

- Any of the early McClures of Middletown Springs, Vt mid 1700's

- Any of the Cattaraugus County NY McClures

- Any McClure Families of Scotland, or Ireland.

- Any Migration McClures to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc.


The McClure DNA Project is open to all McClure families, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  
(If your surname variation is not included please contact the McClure Project Administrator(s) listed at the bottom of any McClure Project page.) 


This McClure Family Project was started to:

1.     Help McClure researchers from common or related families work together to find their shared heritage. 

2.     Identify how the participant's families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.

3.     Identify and confirm genetic McClure Lineages (Modals) of ancestral families. To date we have Eight confirmed McClure Lineages and possibly identified eight more.

4.     Ultimately catalog all McClure pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known McClure families.  There are 172 men to date with DNA test results (or pending results). There are 76 seperate McClure Pedigrees posted on the Patriarch page. Of those 76 pedigrees, 72 are represented by the DNA of those 172 men (posted on the Y- Results page). Of those 75 pedigrees, 24 have multiple branches represented by DNA results and have been placed in distict McClure Lineages and even branches! Many of those mutiple pedigrees were seperate pedigrees until DNA proved a connection. To date, 4 pedigrees of the 75 have no McClure male to represent them with Y- DNA.

5.     To help refocus and rejuvenate stalled genealogical research by showing the participant the degree of probability of a common ancestor with other McClure participants.

6.    To determine the family relationships (if any) of the various immigrant McClure lines that arrived in the American Colonies during the Ulster Scots migration in the early 18th century and immigrant McClures that settled in Canada, Australia, etc.

7.     To compare McClure Y-DNA WORLDWIDE and hopefully discover descendants of common ancestors in Ireland and Scotland.

 In the DYS447 = "24" Branch of McClures, Ten USA McClures and Four McClures in Ireland have been connected to each other by use of Y-DNA! All Fourteen McClure Project participants now know they share a common heritage that they never knew about!

A recent Y-DNA test to 67 markers for a McClure in Northern Ireland showed a solid connection by DNA to the 23 USA McClure members that presently make up the Halburt McClure of Virginia branch of McClure's. This man in Ireland also provided a solid pedigree one generation older with Richard McClure as his Patriarch and he is seperate from Halbert but Y-DNA proved his line of McClure's were of the same family that Halbert and his brother John descends from. Both Richard, Halbert & John are from the same location in Ireland.

 Participating in the McClure DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic Y-DNA results, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor, also known as the participant's "Patriarch Ancestor" is compared to all other members, analyzed, and when matches are found, are placed in genetic lineages or even in a branch.
  • A McClure Project newsletter is sent out occasionally to inform members of FTDNA sales or specials as well as FTDNA news. The newsletter may also include member submitted information. This newsletter is written by the McClure Project Administrator, Dennis McClure.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic McClure ancestry.
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a McClure World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with McClures already in the database with your spelling or the spelling variations
  • Your genetic matches who do not share your common surname
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost
  • If you wish to participate in the McClure Y-DNA Project, but have no males in your immediate family with the McClure surname, look to Uncles, Nephews, Grandfathers, Great Grandfathers, Great Uncles, and male Cousins, but, keep in mind they must be male and carry the McClure surname.
  • If your McClure family is not represented on the Patriarch page, and you would like to see it there, or if it is there, but your branch is not represented, please contact Dennis McClure (link at the bottom of the page) and we will add the pedigree or branch. No DNA participation is required to post a pedigree! 

Click here to order a DNA test in the McClure project.

If you would like to make a donation to the McClure DNA project Sponsorship fund, click here for more details. 

Other Useful Links:


GenForum (McClure)

GenForum (McLure)

RootsWeb Message board (McClure)

New Family Finder DNA Test FAQ 




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