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FamilyTreeDNA hosts a surname study on the Maher/Meagher name.  I am looking to sponsor tests for men with the Maher/Meagher surname who have roots in Laois and especially in Athy Parish.  Ideally, I would like to find men who can trace their lineage back to the 18th century or at least early 19th century with confidence. 

This test is a Y-DNA test and only traces direct male to male descendants of a Maher/Meagher ancestor (e.g. you carry the Maher/Meagher surname).  The test is a simple swab and only tests the Y-DNA.  You can access the FamilyTreeDNA site to see the current name study and the service has excellent help and guidance if you have questions.

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Thursday 19th Oct 2023, 04:42PM

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  • YDNA project

    Hi Fogcityd


    If you did the Y-DNA tetst with FTDNA you are able to start a surname/ Y- dna  project on the FTDNA site, have you tried this?  Just as a side note dna is not always in a surname


    Kind regards



    Annemarie, IrelandXO Volunteer

    Monday 4th Dec 2023, 03:07PM

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