Welcome to the Kelly DNA Study

No matter what you hope to accomplish through genealogical research, traditional methods may never find all the connections between the various Kelly and variant family groups. Furthermore, links that are believed to have been proven may, in fact, be inaccurate.

The ability to study DNA now provides a way to determine direct male-to-male lineage. Such an effort is the basis of this project.

This study is meant to include participants from all over the world, including those with the following variant surnames:


With researchers from different countries and any of the variant surnames, we'll build a knowledge base that will yield results for years to come.

If your Kelly research has hit a brick wall - and even if it hasn't - DNA analysis could be the breakthrough you've been looking for. By finding connections to other Kelly family lines, it just may expand your research several generations.

So how can a DNA study help you? You may choose to participate in order to:

  • Confirm or rule out a suspected match, or

  • If you don't find a match, lay groundwork for future research options by posting your pedigree chart and DNA results so that future participants might match yours.
  • The coordinator for this study is Raymond Kelly. Feel free to contact him if you have any questions or problems.