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HALL Surname DNA Project Background

The HALL DNA Projectwelcomes all Hall family members. We encourage you to join today!

Our project hasover a thousand individual members, representing hundreds of thousands of HALLfamilies worldwide. 

Manyhave Ydna matches in both their native country as well as in the UK from wheremany HALL families migrated over the years. We encourage Halls from anywhere toparticipate. Distinct HALL family groups have been identified and for those whogive permission, their Ydna STR results are displayed in the Y-DNA results tababove. We are constantly making exciting discoveries.

Participating is anopportunity to uncover information not provided in paper records, which willhelp with your research of your family tree. You will also discover howfamilies are genetically related, not only back to when surnames came into use,but to the beginning of mankind. The project is also providing information onthe evolution of the surname.

For males, Y-DNAtests tell you about your direct male line, i.e. your father, his father, andback in time.  If you believe there is a HALL in your direct male line,although you have a different surname, you are also welcome toparticipate. 

If you are female,please find a direct line male in your family tree to participate in Ydnatesting to represent your family. Or, if you are seeking to find very closerelatives, please take the Family Finder test here or transfer your autosomaldata to us if you have tested elsewhere. Be aware that autosomal dna results are predictedto have a 99% chance of matching 2nd cousins or closer, 90% for3rd cousins, 50% for 4th cousins and 10% for 5th cousinson both your maternal and paternal side. We also encourage you to take amitochondrial DNA test which tells you about your mother's mother's mother'sgenetic line, even though mitochondrial DNA does not mutate to the same extentas the male Ydna.

The primary scope ofthe project is based on testing Y-DNA for uncovering your Hall surnamegenealogy. This includes both STR (short tandem repeat) testing and SNP (singlenucleotide polymorphism) testing.  

After joining, byordering a test, please submit your family tree in the form of a gedcomfile so your matches can see each others trees. If you do not have a gedcomfile our administrators can assist you.

Thereis an activity feed with this project for members discussions. There are alsotwo Facebook Groups run by our administrators, namely "Hall Families ofNew England" and "Hall Families of the South Atlantic Region"and a third Facebook Group specifically for discussing Big Y testing called"FTDNA BiGY FACEBOOK GROUP"

Forthose with further interests in the HALL name there is the friendly Clan HallSociety   Home (  which publishes "The BorderReiver" quarterly.

Some HALL families in this DNA Project are researched as part ofthe HALL one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research,and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web siteat  

We are looking for individuals to join the project as FamilyCoordinators. FamilyCoordinators will become the Genealogy contacts for specific Project Families,supporting potential members and existing members on their family genealogy.

The Project Administrators are VOLUNTEERS who are interested inHall genealogy and in using DNA to help solve genealogy problems. The onlybenefit we derive from our service is the satisfaction that we have helpedprovide an infrastructure by which you might extend your genealogy. We do notwork for FamilyTreeDNA and have no special access or control over theiroperations. 

Please click on the tabs at the top of this page to find out more and view thetest results of some of our members.