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Join the The Cullen DNA Project

Surnames in this Project: Our project is open to any Cullen male, and any male with a similar surname: Cullens, Culin, Cullinan, Cullinane, Kilcullen, McCullen, MacQuillan, Culling  are a few examples. Participants are sought from all parts of the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Oceania and anywhere else these names may be found.


Why are we interested in all these surnames? Cullen is by far the most common name out of all these, and so this project is a good home for people with the rarer surnames. Over time, some of these surnames may have been "standardized" to Cullen, or vice-versa. In most cases the DNA will show no kinship between Cullen and these other names--but we are looking for the exceptions!

We especially welcome participants living in Ireland, England or Scotland, and others who know where in Ireland, England or Scotland their Cullen ancestors came from. But everyone who gets tested will be contributing to our project, and we hope to find a town, county or counties of probable origin for everyone's ancestors.                                        

Project Discussion: We have broaded our membership beyond Irish-Americans and Irish-Canadians, and now we include members living in Scotland, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Austalia, with ancestors from Scotland, England, and Ireland. Some families that we would like to join our group:

  • we are looking for Cullen people with roots in the southern US or anywhere in the US before 1800--especially those related to the famoue Ezekiel Cullen/Hugh Roy Cullen families of Texas.
  • we are looking for descendants of the Anglo-Irish Cullen family of Maorhamilton, Co. Sligo, Ireland
  • there is a large concentration of Cullens in northern Donegal, Ireland, we would like some of their descendants to join us
  • we are looking for more Cullens in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South America (yes there are Cullens in Argentina)
  • females are encouraged to join in the discussion, data analysis and genealogy research of our project. However, we are testing Y-chromosome DNA which is only found in males, so Cullen women will need to find a male relative named Cullen (a father, brother, uncle, cousin is fine as long is he is named Cullen) to give a cheek-swab sample (see below). After that, either the male or the female or both can join in the discussion and interpretation of the results

Females can also order a test for themselves, which will be the mtDNA or mtDNAPlus, but the results of their test cannot be tied to the Surname Project.

As the administrator of the Cullen DNA project, I would like to emphasize that I am a volunteer and I receive no commission and I pay for my testing like everyone else--Bernie Cullen

Click here to place an order for a DNA test at Family Tree DNA

What are the specifics?

  • The test will be conducted by Family Tree DNA, of Houston TX, the World's leading testing company for Surname DNA Projects.  The cost per participant is dependent on the number of markers tested, but all tests include an estimate of the Haplogroup (an indication of deep ancestry).  We personally recommend the largest number of markers that you can afford.   We expect that most serious researchers will eventually upgrade to 37 markers - if they don't start there.   Either the 25 or 37 marker test can be useful in identifying other families that share a common ancestor.   It is highly likely that a 12 marker test will ultimately require an upgrade.  We recommend the 12 marker test only for those folks who are sponsoring other families in search of a match to their own family or those who cannot afford a 25 marker test. 

PRICES as of Oct 2008: 37 marker: $149, 25 marker $124, 12 marker $99 and a new 67 marker test for $248 These are special Cullen surname group prices and you will see them when you click the link above. I personally recommend the 25 or 37 marker test.--Bernie

  • They will add $6 for US postage and $6? for international postage

  • The test is a simple cheek swab.  The kit will arrive and leave your house by mail.  You simply rub the inside of your cheek a number of times with a special scraper, put the kit back into the envelope, and put it in the mail (you will need about $1.17 postage, and less than 2 euros if sending from Ireland.)

If you do not wish to use your credit card over the internet, select "Invoice" as your Payment option, and you can mail in a check when you return your test kit.

  • If you are interested in participating, please contact one of the Project Administrators listed below and submit your pedigree.
  • If you have already been tested with FTDNA or another company, you can still join the project, please contact Bernie.

Click here to go to the WFN Forum and provide your Pedigree Info for the Patriarch Page


What do I do if I have questions?  Please read the Freq Asked Questions at World Families Network first.    If you still have questions, contact one of the Project Administrators listed below.



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