By way of introduction my name is Damian Stewart Downie and I am part of the family tree at http://members.freezone.co.uk/dunoon/http://members.freezone.co.uk/dunoon/, living in Melbourne Australia.I am seeking to encourage members of the various Downie/Macildownie/M’ildownie/MacGildownie/MacKildownie/MacEldownie, Downey/Macildowney/M’ildowney/MacGildowney/MacKildowney/MacEldowney and Mac Gillie Domhnaich/Mac Giolla Domhnaigh families to get their DNA profiles completed (in particular the male YDNA markers and haplogroup).I have to say upfront that I do not support, receive commissions or suggest any one DNA supplier. My reasoning behind the request is that there appears to be a number of different Downie (and all name variations) family trees that do not appear to intersect as far as the records go back and I firmly believe that DNA may be able to assist.
I recently had my DNA done with Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) https://www.familytreedna.com/and am happy with their services (again please shop around and find the best deal for you). What is important is that regardless of which DNA Company you choose, that this information is uploaded to a public site such as YSEARCH http://www.ysearch.orghttp://www.ysearch.org (a free public service). At the present time there are two Downie’s on YSEARCH and no other sites, neither of which match.
As a very basic and simple example in that Downie 1 and Downie 2 on YSEARCH do not match:
Haplotrees are R1b1b2a1b5b (tested) and R1b1b2a1a (tested) DNA Markers: 1324141111131212121314291791011112515183015161717 1323141011141212111313291691011112515193015151517
To date these are all of the Downie or similar:
Ysearch Database Configuration - DNA Results Comparison
While this path of investigation will never replace a good document trail, I believe that it does provide some avenues of perhaps grouping some of the Downie (and all name variations) families together that may assist in the genealogical process. What I can say is that the test has revealed some very interesting information regarding my genetic background.