Welcome to the Whitside Family Website

Those of us who are Whitsides (without an in the middle) are a separate small clan of the larger Whytsyd/Whiteside clan.

Please, any genealogist with Whitside history in the UK, will you contact me. See the bottom of this page.

NB: The Whitside, Cameron, Heath and Sovereen all have an index at the end. Also use the Search function.


At the end of 2003, with the encouragement of the Whiteside Family Association, under the Whiteside DNA Project, I had my DNA analyzed by Family Tree DNA. This company pioneered the use of DNA in the field of genealogy, providing a new way to break through the barriers in Family History.The results of my test showed that with 37 markers we matched a core group of Whiteside/Whitsitt genealogist who have already had their DNA analyzed. One match, Joe K. Whiteside, turned out to be a friend and member of the WFA who emigrated from Northern Ireland to California. We matched in 36 out of 37 markers.

To learn more about this advanced genealogy programme, clicking on the link below will take you to more information. 

DNA Genealogy project and a link to the Whiteside Family Association

Spelling of our name

We all appear to have had the spelling "Whytsyd" beginning about the 13th century. Well, let me be more exact. Before that it was QUYTSYD during the Roman era in Great Britain, 0-400 AD.

Whitsides and Whitesides 

 I am also the Webmaster for the Whiteside Family Association. We are now online at whitesideancestry.org. Have a look, They are our cousins. There are Whitsides listed in the manuscripts viewable by members. We are Family #0701.

History of the family name. At the present time it appears that the Whytsyd/Whitside/Whitesides, Whitsetts, Whitsitts came from the old area of Strathclyde that stretched from Southern Scotland down into England to the Lancashire district. Our family of Whitsides later came from Northern Ireland in 1843 after previous migration from England. One of the five Whiteside to which we are closely related by DNA is from west Sligo and was believed to be an English migrant.  Of course there are many Whiteside/Whitside/Whitsitt families in the northern England area of Lancashire. I have not been able to make a connection and sincerely hope that any UK Whitside viewing this would contact me. 

I have included the Cameron, Heath and Sovereen families as connected family relatives to the Canadian side of our Whitside family.

For a contact, you can write to Robert Whitside at #23-175 Victoria St., Simcoe, Ont., N3Y 5L8 or email me at 

Simcoe, Ontario