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HALL Surname DNA Project Background

Please use email address dnahall2@gmail.com when communicating with the Administrators

The HALL DNA Project welcomes all Hall family members and others with Y-DNA or Family Finder results which match participating HALL Family Members. We encourage you to join today!

Our project now has over a thousand members, mostly currently in the United States, Ireland, or the United Kingdom; however, we do encourage Halls from anywhere to participate. Many distinct HALL family groups have been identified and these are displayed in the Y-DNA results on the tab above. We are making exciting discoveries from almost every member who joins the project. 

Participating is an opportunity to uncover information not provided in the paper records, which will help with your research of your family tree. We will also discover which family trees are related. As the project progresses, it is envisaged the results for the various family trees will provide information on the evolution of the surname.

The Y-DNA test tells you about your direct male line, which would be your father, his father, and back in time. You must be male to take this test, and you should have one of the surnames shown. If you believe there is a HALL in your direct male line, although you have a different surname, you are also welcome to participate. If you are female, you will need to find a direct line male in your family tree to participate and represent your tree. 

The primary scope of the project is based on testing Y-DNA for uncovering your Hall surname genealogy. This is both the now well-known Y-DNA STR testing and the deeper ancestral (SNP) tests to precisely determine your Y-DNA Haplogroup. 

After joining and ordering a test please submit your family tree in the form of a gedcom file by logging in to your MyFTDNA page using your kit number and password. There you will be able to upload your gedcom file. If you do not have a gedcom file our administrators can assist you by emailing them at dnahall2@gmail.com

We do encourage our members to do other DNA testing, such as mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) and autosomal DNA (FamilyFinder). Your Family Finder results are compared with other Family Finder results of both females and males in the database. The results are predicted to have a 99% chance of matching 2nd cousins or closer, 90% for 3rd cousins, 50% for 4th cousins and 10% for 5th cousins on both your maternal and paternal side, provided such cousins have also taken the Family Finder test with FTDNA. The results are automatically displayed in the Family Finder matches on your personal FTDNA page. We can give you some guidance on those tests if you have questions but do not actively monitor the results due lack of resources.

The Project Administrators are VOLUNTEERS who are interested in Hall genealogy and in using DNA to help solve genealogy problems. The only benefit we derive from our service is the satisfaction that we have helped provide an infrastructure by which you might extend your genealogy. We do not work for FamilyTreeDNA and have no special access or control over their operations. 

When you need to email the Project Administrators, please use the email address dnahall2@gmail.com. This email address will get you a response more rapidly as the email is forwarded to all of the administrators. We are the right persons to ask first if you have Project or DNA related questions. 

Many of the HALL families in this DNA Project are also researched as part of the HALL one-name study. You can learn more about this significant research, and the associated family trees, by visiting the one-name study web site at https://hall.one-name.net/  

We encourage males who order a Y-DNA test to order 37 or 67 markers. Our experience is that we cannot assign a DNA result (called a Kit) to a Family with fewer than 37 markers being tested, without a compelling paper trail that connects the kit to another kit in the family.

The genealogies associated with old external web site (which was replaced in 2012) have been maintained and it is the intention to upload them to the new site in the form of gedcom files. All members are encouraged to upload a gedcom file of their ancestral lines via their personal FTDNA page. This will enable people with matching DNA to view each other's genealogies. We can assist those who are not familiar with gedcom files to do this if requested.

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

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