Vikings, the Isle of Man, and DNA

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Vikings, the Isle of Man, and DNA

My elderly paternal uncle graciously agreed to participate a few summers ago in genetic genealogy for our family. While I was expecting a lot of Scandinavian results (and got them), what I surprised me were all of the strong results for the Clan Chisholm in Scotland. It seems my Viking ancestors pillaged and, in the words of Bennett Greenspan, “left biological evidence,” in Scotland before they went off to conquer Scandinavia.

So those of us with Norwegian ancestry are always interested in news about studies involving the Vikings. There’s a new one starting on the Isle of Man in a few days. The BBC put up this article begins:

Researching your family tree can only go back so far in time before records become patchy. Now genealogists from the University of Leicester are using DNA tests to trace Manx ancestry back to the Viking era.

Local men with popular Manx surnames are being asked to give a DNA sample to help researchers explore the links between Y chromosomes, surnames and common ancestry. The investigation starts on Saturday, 19 February 2011 at the Manx Museum. 

Allison Fox, Curator of Archaeology at Manx National Heritage, told BBC Isle of Man: “The Vikings have had a lasting impact on the island and we’ve still got Tynwald today.

Read the whole article here: “Viking ancestry explored on the Isle of Man by researchers.”