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Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists!

  • Surname tests allow genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.
  • Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails.

The following Surnames are currently included in this project:

Sinton, Sintoun, Sintun, Synton

The Sinton DNA Project is open to all Sinton families, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  
(If your surname is not included please contact the Project Administrator.)

This Sinton Family Project was started to:

  1. Help 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 Lineages of ancestral families.
  4. Ultimately catalog pedigrees and genetic connections of all of the known project families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor.
  • 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 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 World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of your Surname and 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

Surname History

Black's "The Surnames of Scotland" gives SINTON a territorial origin from the ancient barony of the same name now included in the parish of Ashkirk, Selkirkshire, quoting a 1681 source (Bain) as:

"that William, formerly King of Scotland [1165-1214] gave the sheriffdom of Selkirk to one Andrew de Synton to be held by answering to the King and his heirs for the issues, and being freed of the farm of the castle ward of Roxburgh and suit thereto, which he and his heirs were used to make for the barony of Synton"

My particular interest is in the family of Peter SINTON and Janet DONALDSON of Southdean.  Records around their time have huge gaps, and there are a number of families originating in, or having connections with Southdean (Roxburghshire, on the Scottish Borders) that may connect.  Also some moved south into Northumberland and look like very good candidates as relations, but proof is lacking.  I would particularly welcome SINTON descendants of these families into the project.  Some details can be found at the Patriarchs link above.

Useful Links

In addition to the project links above the following may be of interest.

Click here to order a DNA test in the Sinton project. 
but check out the Order link first as their may be money in the kitty to reduce the cost.

This Project's website is now hosted at

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