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The Autosomal DNA test is by far the most popular commercial ancestral DNA test worldwide (tests like’s, 23andMe, MyHeritage and FTDNA's Family Finder). BUT are you really getting the... More
Previous Scottish Origenes research has revealed how the Irish and Scottish Gaels share a common origin within the Rhineland of Central Europe, and that the progenitors of both groups sought refuge... More
The first ever Plantations Surnames of Ireland map has been completed just in time for the Back to Our Past Event in Belfast in 2019. The map details the precise location where farmers with each... More
Commercial ancestral Y-DNA testing has revealed that up to 40% of all Scottish males (and males with paternal Scottish ancestry) will have a Gaelic origin (the Y-DNA test only explores the paternal... More
Step I: When the Gaelic surname 'MacMichael' becomes Norman 'Mitchell' A change in ‘cultural identity’ can be quite rapid (think modern Americans who are a mix of almost every nation on the planet)... More
Ireland is one of Scotland's closest neighbours, and their shared heritage runs deep; it is reflected in surnames (Mac or Mc?), language (Gaelic) and not to forget their national drink (Whisky or... More
Anybody who has taken a simple painless commercial ancestral Y-DNA test (which only explores your paternal ancestry) will potentially have matched many people with lots of different surnames, and... More
Don Anderson, who is an adoptee from Oregon, has released a book which is a must read for all adoptees wishing to uncover the identities of their birth parents. Its also a must read for anyone... More
The DNA does not lie and upon commercial ancestral DNA testing the people who appear as a genetic match to you share a common ancestor with you, it is merely a matter of when that shared ancestor... More
A Sample DNA Case Study which shows how the NEW Scottish Origenes Surnames, Clans, Castles and DNA maps can be used together with a simple painless commercial ancestral DNA test to rediscover your... More
DETAILING the origin of approximately 4,000 different Scottish surnames, the Medieval territories of 400 of the most prominent Scottish Clans and Families, and the precise location of 1000 Scottish... More
Surname distribution mapping reveals that the Graham surname is associated with Scotland and bordering English Counties. Since farmers with each surname still concentrate in the area where one’s... More
The beauty with the DNA approach to researching one’s ancestral origin is that the DNA does not lie! The area identified in an Irish, Scottish, English or Welsh Origenes personalised DNA report can... More
Surnames evolve over both time and distance, and change usually at the whim of an administrator who simply records an unfamiliar surname as he hears it. In this manner similar sounding surnames... More
The New Scottish Origenes ‘Scottish Surnames and DNA Map’ can now be purchased by clicking here. The map details the precise origin of approximately 4,000 Surnames that are associated with Scotland... More
At Family Tree DNA’s  annual conference in 2012 I presented results demonstrating that the Scottish 'Valentines' were descended from a MacGregor who had changed his surname sometime in the early... More
I’ve been busy recently doing Case Studies and working on a Surnames and Y-DNA Map of Scotland (previewed here). But this Valentine Case Study is one of my all-time favourites and I’d like to share... More
Paternally inherited surnames first appeared in Scotland in an agricultural based society. Since land ownership, or rather farmland tends to be handed down from father to son through the generations... More
On the 9th of May I gave a talk at the request of to the ‘Sons of the American Revolution’ who were visiting Ireland. It was there that I met Charles McMillan. Charles had taken a... More
The more genetic markers one shares with another individual who has also taken a commercial ancestral Y-DNA test, then the more recent one’s common male ancestor lived. Hence matches at the 67 and... More
Sometimes a quite remarkable Y-DNA Case Study comes along that I will try my best to get published in a Genealogical magazine. The latest one published in Family Tree Magazine details the Paterson... More
I recently completed one of the most in-depth genetic genealogy Case Studies for a gentleman based on the Isle of Man called Bill Henderson. He had contacted me to do a free analysis on his Y-DNA... More
Every successful Irish, Scottish, or English Origenes Case Study tells an interesting story, some like the Durkin Case Study are easy to solve, others like the MacKenzie Case Study which features in... More
I was a guest speaker for Family Tree DNA at the 2013 Who Do You Think You Are LIVE event in London. The slides for that talk can now be downloaded by CLICKING HERE. This is my second set of talks... More
Mr McReynolds contacted me hoping that I would be able to interpret his commercial ancestral Y-DNA test results and help to solve the mystery as to the origins of his McReynolds ancestors. After the... More
I was invited by the world’s largest commercial ancestral DNA testing Company 'Family Tree DNA' to give a talk entitled 'Pinpointing a Geographical Origin' at their 8th Annual Genetic Genealogy... More
The Royal house of Scotland sprang from the Kings of the Scots, who constituted only one of the 6 peoples inhabiting the modern lands of Scotland. Yet when Kenneth, son of Alpin, united the Picts and... More
When one thinks of Scottish surnames, one almost always thinks of those that begin with Mc’ or Mac.’ This is an over simplification as Scottish surnames are quite diverse and reflect the various... More
Scotland was first settled roughly 10,000 years ago after the end of the last ice age. The first reference to the people of Scotland comes from Roman sources that referred to the people north of... More

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About Me

I am Dr Tyrone Bowes and this is me with my 3 sons Alexander, Fraser, and Callum. My sons all have popular Scottish names and indeed my eldest was born in Scotland where I spent 9 of the happiest years of my life, and where I met my wife. I am an experienced Biotechnologist and I have always been curious about my ancestral origins. I have always been interested in Biology, History and Geography, but chose to pursue my interest in Biology. I obtained a Diploma with ‘Distinction’ in Biology in 1995 and a 1st Class Honours Degree in Biotechnology in 1998. I then pursued a personal interest in Neuropathies as my father died from Motor Neuron Disease in 1994. I was subsequently awarded a P.hD. in Neuroimmunology in 2003 (click to view my CV). 

As soon as I found out about commercial ancestral DNA testing in 2003 I signed up and had my families DNA tested. By combining my understanding of complex DNA data (I am a Scientist), and my interest in History and Geography, I have been able to piece together the clues of as to my ancestral origins. It turns out that my most recent ancestors were Irish, had their own distinct Clan and lived in a particular part of Ireland. They were related to other Clans that lived close by and they left their mark in the Placenames where they lived for 100’s of years. What’s even more surprising is that my more distant genetic relatives revealed a more ancient link with Scotland, my closest Scottish genetic relatives being the 'Nisbets' of Ayrshire.

Since 2012 I have been employed professionally by others to pinpoint where their Scottish ancestors originated based solely on the results of a simple painless commercial ancestral DNA test, some of their stories can be read by clicking here. Alternatively to view a short You Tube presentation demonstrating how to use your DNA to pinpoint where your Scottish ancestors originated click here. Unsure what DNA test suitable for you? Or have you had a Y-DNA test already and would like a FREE CONSULTATION? Then contact me by clicking here

The Scottish Origenes website was launched in 2012. In November 2012 I was a guest speaker at the world's largest commercial ancestral DNA testing company's annual conference. I have also presented workshops worldwide on using commercial ancestral DNA testing to Pinpoint where your Irish, Scottish, English, and Welsh ancestors lived. If you would like me to host such workshops in your area then you can contact me by clicking hereIn the summer of 2016 I completed the Scottish Surnames, Clans and Castles Maps which are designed to help one pinpoint one's own Scottish origin, you can purchase those maps at a discount here

Remember folks, your DNA results are generated in a scientific lab, using complex equipments and trained staff. Interpretation of your scientific data should always be left to professional scientists. ALWAYS CHECK THAT YOUR GENETIC GENEALOGIST HAS A SCIENTIFIC QUALIFICATION! IT WILL SAVE YOU BOTH TIME AND MONEY!




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