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Welcome to the McClure DNA Project 

  160 Men Currently in the McClure Y-DNA Project!

176 McClure DNA members total!









Recent Project updates (Approx. covering the last 6 months to a year):

7 Jul 2014 Posted Pedigree for M-150 on the Project Patriarch Page under McClure Lineage 1 and attached to  DYS 447 = 24 Branch of McClures.

11 Jul 2014 Posted full 37 marker Y-DNA results for M-153 to Y-Results page. Results show he belongs to McClure Lineage 1 and also belongs to DYS 447 = 24 Branch of McClures.

25 Jul 2014 New member, M-156 awaiting 37 marker Y-DNA test results, also waiting for his pedigree.

27 Jul 2014 Posted Y-DNA markers 68-111 Y-DNA 111 marker upgrade results for M-31.

16 Aug 2014 Posted Y-DNA Markers 68-111 Y-DNA upgrade test for M-25 & M-150. Also Posted partial test results markers 1-12 of a 37 marker test for M-156. Also changed the model value for marker DYS-635 from 24 to 23.

27 Aug 2014 Posted full 37 Y-DNA marker test results for M-156. Due to Y-DNA results, placed M-156 in McClure Lineage 2.

7 Feb 2015 Posted full 67 markers for M-159. Placed in McClure 1 Lineage unknown branch at this time.

17 Mar 2015 New Memebrs, M-160 awaiting 111 markers & M-161 awaiting 67 markers.

24 Apr 2015 Posted full 67 marker Y-DNA results for M-157 & M-158 on our Y Results page. Placed M-158 in McClure 1 Lineage but too few mutations to place on a distict branch within McClure 1 Lineage and strongly recommend a 68-111 marker upgrade test. M-157 remains in "Unlnown Lineage" but member spells his name as "McLure". Suspect M-157 could be a new Lineage in our project. Need at least two with similar Y-DNA to declare the new Lineage so if you spell your name "McLure" please consider a Y-DNA test or contact Dennis McClure, Admin McClure DNA Project (Contact info blow). Still waiting on 111 marker results for M-160 & 67 marker results for M-161.

8 May 2015 Posted full 111 Y-DNA Markers on the Y-Results page for M-160. Placed in McClure 1 Lineage, branch 1.0 (unable to place on a specific branch by mutations). Further research and analysis is required. Pedigree work is in progress.

12 May 2015 Posted the Earliest Known Ansestor (EKA) to the M-160 Y-DNA results, pedigree work in progress.

1 Jun 2015 Posted Y-DNA  upgrade results, narkers 68-111 for M-158. Results show an very close match to M-160.

27 Jun 2015 Posted Y-DNA Upgrade results. markers 68-111 for M-159.




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 160 men to date with DNA test results (or pending results). There are 70 seperate McClure Pedigrees posted on the Patriarch page. Of those 70 pedigrees, 66 are represented by the DNA of those 160 men (posted on the Y- Results page). Of those 70 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 70 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 descends from. Both Richard & Halbert  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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