Guthrie DNA Project


To determine the shared ancestry of Guthrie families around the world through DNA testing.

The GUTHRIE surname has been in existence for at least 700 years since Squire Guthrie was sent to France to bring William Wallace back to Scotland. The charter for the BARONY of GUTHRIE has been in existence since the time of King David II of Scotland (1324-1371). Burke’s ‘Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry’ indicates that the origins of the Guthrie surname extend back to a time where its earliest writs are unattainable, and thus untraceable before the reign of James II of Scotland.

DNA testing has proven the existence of many GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUPS, meaning that they have ancestors of different genetic origins. Some may have descended from the ‘Landed Gentry’ of historical note. Others may have assumed the GUTHRIE name at a time that surnames came into use during the 10th-12th centuries because they were in some way associated with the family or the location. The surname of origin may also have been altered to match a local one.

Join us as we discover more about our diverse history using the science of DNA to strengthen our genealogical pursuits. Each Guthrie DNA Project participant brings new information. Your DNA could help provide new clues and break down some of those proverbial brick walls in our traditional family research.

We need the participation of Guthries from Scotland and Ireland to assist the rest of us. In order to bridge the gap between your homeland and ours, whether that be in the USA and Canada, or in Australia and New Zealand, we need DNA from families who remain ensconced in our ancestral places. Your close geographic ties can help us learn more about our origins while also letting you discover how far your family genes have travelled.

Matching Y-DNA tests collected from Guthrie men reveal their shared direct paternal ancestry. Lineages are then placed into GUTHRIE FAMILY GROUPS. The project uses Autosomal DNA testing from anyone of Guthrie ancestry in order to provide genetic clues for lines without a male Guthrie representing them. This data will be used by Guthrie DNA Project participants to identify their ancestral origins.



Family Tree DNA maintains the platform for the Surname Projects. We are a genetic genealogy project, which means members are required to have either Y-DNA tests (if applicable to the Guthrie Project) or an Autosomal DNA test for analysis. You must also be willing to share the details of your direct Guthrie ancestry with the administrator in order to verify your listed lineage, and to use it for data comparison. Lineages are documented in a Research Tree for use by our members and the public, however all living individuals remain privatized. DNA results and data are maintained by FTDNA to ensure your privacy. Your names do not show up on public records, only a kit number.

To join:

  1. Sign Up for an Account at Family Tree DNA
  2. Purchase a DNA test. See the Testing Recommendations.
  3. You can also transfer an Autosomal DNA test from AncestryDNA, 23andMe, or HeritageDNA.
  4. Complete a Join Request form for the Guthrie DNA Project.

There is no cost to join the project nor any expectation of participation in group discussions, although the latter is encouraged. A group administrator will review your Y-DNA or Autosomal DNA matches. Guthrie men will be placed directly into the Guthrie Family Group if the Y-DNA results match, and an analysis of the raw results will be provided. People with Autosomal DNA tests (AncestryDNA, Family Finder, HeritageDNA, 23andMe) will receive a review of their matches to other people listing Guthrie ancestry, and information we have about their Guthrie origins (EX: Guthrie Family Group, if known, or Ungrouped Status). Due to the nature of Autosomal DNA, these tests may or may not provide a clear picture of an association with a specific group.

Project administrators are volunteers. We are not certified genealogists, nor geneticists. Please consider that we are here to learn about your ancestry from you as it may benefit us all. We are here to guide you on your genetic genealogy journey, and may have advise or information based on what has already been learned, but we should not be expected to conduct individual research for everyone.


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