Though there seem to be a great many Acheson's interested in researching our family name, we seem to have a woefully underwhelming response to our DNA Project.Considering that so many branches of our family now residing in Ireland, Australia, Canada, and the United States are have difficulty tracking back any earlier than the 18th and 19th centuries, it would seem to be of great collective benefit to us all to round up as many y-chromosome DNA participants as we can so we may begin to bridge the gaps where possible.
DNA data is an amazing gift to genealogy, and has only even been possible for about 8 years.We are fortunate to live in a time with such a powerful tool at our disposal.I have encountered many Acheson genealogists in my life, long before the internet, many of whom are no longer with us.What they wouldn't have given to at least have known some other Acheson branches that they were definatively related to.I would like to strongly encourage anyone interested, to sign on to the Acheson Family Tree DNA project at www.familytreedna.com
Other Scottish clans like the Mac Gregor's, Campbell's and Mac Donald's have done tremendous work enlisting the collective help of their kinsmen; some of their projects having more than 100 participants to date.
Considering how much it costs these days to just send out for a birth or marriage certificate (etc.), $100 for a cheek swab is really quite a bargain.I can hardly even take my wife and kids out to eat at a decent restaurant for that much!
One of our ancient clan mottos is: Ane chaste arbor (One strong tree)
So let's all feed that tree a bit and see if we can make it grow!