|Driscoll DNA Project
Registered with The Clans of Ireland Ltd.
There are several companies that do genealogy DNA testing. The Driscoll DNA Project is administered through Family Tree DNA (FTDNA). If you are interested in joining the Y-DNA or autosomal DNA project, purchase your test at FTDNA.
Ancestry.com is discontinuing its Y-DNA test and the company also plans to erase its Y-DNA test data. Your Y data will no longer be available at Ancestry.com after September 5, 2014. If you have Driscoll, Minihane, Cadogan, Finn, or other project surname relevant Y-DNA data at Ancestry.com and would like to transfer it into the project, please act NOW. FTDNA now has Y transfer products *WITH* matches available again. Details about the Y Transfer products are here:
It is recommended that project members fully extend their haplotype definition to 111 markers with Y STR testing. This will narrow down your most relevant matches within a recent genealogical timeframe. 'New Generation Sequencing' SNP testing such as Geno 2.0 or FTDNA's Big Y will greatly advance the project, however its use is limited if the full testing of Y STR markers has not been performed.
The project does not study mitochondrial DNA.
How to Participate
Click here for a DNA test or DNA transfer product order form.
If you've already ordered a test or have Y-DNA or autosomal DNA results on file at FTDNA or are in the process of being transferred, click here for join instructions.
- yDNA paternal participants must provide a sample from a male descendant of DRISCOLL, DRISKELL, O'DRISCOLL, variants thereof or any of the agnomina such as BOHANE, CADOGAN, COFFEY, CRONICAN, HOOLY, KERUCANE, MINEHANE, RUA, or WHOOLY. Order either the "Y-DNA 37 marker" or better yet the "Y-DNA 67 marker" paternal test from Family Tree DNA
- aDNA Family Finder participants must provide a sample from a male or female who has a DRISCOLL in one of their lines no further back than 5 generations.
- Interact with other participants via the DRISCOLL-OF-CORK Mail List.
- Recruit other Driscolls to participate.
- Contribute to our General Fund which is used to purchase kits for non-genealogically oriented DRISCOLL whose lineage is of interest to the group as a whole because they come from a historically interesting family key to our origins.
yDNA Participants, Results and Analysis
- List of those persons participating in our project and their most ancient ancestor.
- Map - participant's ancestral locations within Ireland
- Analysis by Haplogroup
- Corca Laidhe
- Eiderscel, Etersceoil, Eterscél
- Dennis Driskell (c.1665-1771)
aDNA (Family Finder) Participants
- aDNA Participants - A list of those persons participating in our project with an ancestor named O'Driscoll or one of the surname agnomens or related surnames.
If you are a descendant of a Driscoll line that has "daughtered out" and you have an aDNA match to a male Driscoll whose yDNA matches the yDNA of a "known" Driscoll, you may be able to set up a yDNA proxy for your line. See Daughters.
All DNA Project Participants
Every project member who wants his (or her) data to appear on a test kit member page must email a family history (what you know of it) to the project co-administrator. There should at least be a minimal amount of information to connect the tester to a project surname (or Y-DNA matching) ancestor. Understandably, adoptees may not know much about a Driscoll ancestor. Just provide what you can.
Project members who are more ambitious and write extensive family histories are welcome to contribute a biography.
- Foremost among our goals is use of DNA as a tool to supplement conventional genealogy. The comparisons made with other participants is very strong at showing two people are unrelated providing then a means of discovering errors.
- Support autosomal aDNA testing for persons with a Driscoll in their pedigree at five generations or less.
- Provide a gateway to ordering a mitochrondial mtDNA test for persons with a female Driscoll in their direct maternal line.
- Test the theory that all Driscoll, Driskell, O'Driscoll and variants descend from the Corcu Lóegde.
- Discover if there is a correlation between Haplotypes and the associated agnomina (secondary sept names).
- FTDNA:How to interpret your testing results STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
- FTDNA: Y-DNA STR FAQ
- FTDNA: Y-DNA User Guide FAQ
- FTDNA: Family Finder FAQ
- GENEALOGY-DNA Mailing List
- Family Tree DNA
- Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation
- Molecular Population Genetics, Trinity College, Dublin
- Eo´ganacht septs DNA Project
- Munster Irish DNA Project
Q: Should I be concerned about privacy?
A: No, in this project you are identified by a kit number and your earliest known ancestor. Even so, the type of DNA testing will not uniquely identify you as an individual. Futhermore. You may wish to review the vendor's policy statement.
Q: Are there risks associated with DNA testing for genealogy?Q: I have already tested at another lab. Can I join the Clan O'Driscoll project?
A: The risks are similiar to what you might learn via conventional genealogy, e.g. you might uncover an adoption or other non paternal event which could cause emotional distress.
A: Family Tree DNA offers a special package for persons who have tested at Ancestry, GeneTree, and Sorenson's SMGF, see Y-DNA Transfer From Another Company.
Q: My 4th great-grandfather is Denis Driscol born 1745 in Ireland. As I am female, could one of my sons do the DNA test?
A: No, the surname testing is based on the "Y" chromosome which is a paternal test and thus all samples must be derived from a male surnamed DRISCOLL or a variant thereof.
Q: My husband's mother's mother's mother is a DRISCOLL. Would he be able to participate in the DNA research?
A: It depends on your research objective. There are two different kinds of tests in addition to yDNA. They are mtDNA for tracking a maternal path from mother to mother similiar to yDNA tracking a paternal path from father to father. There is also a test called Family Finder which can track as deep as the 16 surnames associated with your great-great-garndparents.
Q: What paternal test should I order?
A: The 37 marker test is the most cost effective. An upgrade to the 67 markers is useful to improve the confidence levels in any conclusions drawn.
Q: How is the DNA collected?
A: Its done at home by simply swabing the inside of the cheek. Family Tree DNA will mail you a collection kit and it comes with instructions on how to swab the inside of the cheek and mail it back.
Q: How long does it take to get results?
A: Six to eight weeks.
Q: What is a Haplogroup?
A: Research to date has not identifed the most ancient of our ancestors as having originated from several different groups. A haplotype is the specific genetic signature of a person's DNA. A haplogroup is the set of haplotypes sharing a common characteristic. All persons within a specific haplogroup share a common ancestor
Q: If we all come from Adam and Eve then don't men in turn all have the same Y-chromosome?
A: Mutations occur resulting in different lines. In fact one complication in interpreting results is that mutations can occur causing once different lines to evolve with the same Y-chromosome and effect termed 'convergence'.
Q: I am not a close match to any other Driscoll. How can I be sure that an act of infidelity or adoption has no occured in the line between me and my most ancient paternal ancestor?
A: Convince your most distant relation sharing that ancestor to submit a DNA sample. You have to find someone who shares only that ancestor with you. If you both match then you will be sure.