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The ultimate purpose of this page is to discuss our DNA results.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • A report on the participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to the earliest known ancestor
  • A classification of the participant's "deep" ancestry, which gives insight into the prehistoric origins of your surname ancestors
  • A sense of camaraderie with all who participate in the Family Project, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of the Surname and the Variant Spellings
  • Locates the genetic matches that do not share your common surname


          This Y-DNA Project is designed to assist genealogists and family historians in discovering their connections to SCALES ancestors and their descendants and to establish the genetic lines of descent among families with the surname SCALES.  The current administrator is a SCALES descendant, but does not have the surname SCALES and has not investigated the family name beyond his own line, which is that of John SCALES of Union County, South Carolina, who was born circa 1773, probably in Virginia though this is not certain, and died in Union County in 1866, leaving a will.  John’s ancestry is a longstanding brick wall.  There was a John Scales in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, in 1790, who might be the same man, and some have suggested that he was a member of the numerous SCALES who lived in Rockingham County, North Carolina.  In later census records, his sons indicated that their parents were born in Virginia.  Y-DNA results may hold the clue to his origins.

            There must be other SCALES researchers who would benefit from the knowledge that DNA testing provides, and I urge you to recruit male relatives with the SCALES surname to participate in this project. Please go to the Family Tree DNA website to join this project and order your test kit.  As a member of the SCALES Y-DNA Project, you will receive your test kit at a discount.


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