HATCH-DNA Research Project

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General Testing Status - The first (13) Y-DNA test result panels for our members are now fully posted below, with (6) results grouped in yellow-colored "Match Cluster-A," (3) results grouped in turquoise-colored "Match Cluster-B," and then the remaining (4) tests listed in the beige-colored "unmatched" section.
  • Five members have extended their testing from basic 12-marker panels to 37, and one member to 67- markers, thus giving greater levels of definition when comparing matches.
  • None of our members have yet conducted SNP (Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) testing to confirm their Haplogroup (“Hg”), or further refined their Hg data through Deep Clade SNP testing in order to give even greater definition to the geographical region and time frame for their deep ancestral origins.
Quick Reference for Matches Discussed Below:Line #1. _____ Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, circa 1603-1661Line #2. _____ Thomas HATCH of Scituate, b. 1596Line #3. _____ Elder William HATCH Line #4. _____ Philip HATCH, 1616 - circa 1672Line #5. _____ Charles HATCH, 1613 - circa 1655Line #6. _____ Joseph HATCH, 1759-1847
  • Also see: DNA Test Results (Alleles) for Project Members chart at bottom of page.
Preliminary Y-DNA Findings - Generally speaking, HATCH family lines testing so far resolve into one main genetic stream (match cluster) plus one additional grouping of non-matches. Several additional match clusters are anticipated.
  • ”Match Cluster-A,”Thomas HATCH of Barnstable , (Line #1). So far, testing members have achieved perfect 12 out of 12 marker matches among themselves. Five of these six members have very well documented lines back to Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, and there is no data available for the fourth member.
  • ”Match Cluster-B,”brothers Thomas HATCH and Elder William HATCH of Scituate , (Line #2), and (Line #3). So far, (3) testing members have achieved perfect 12 out of 12 marker matches among themselves.
  • Un-Matched Members include the remaining (4) test result panels that do not yet match other results. As additional researchers join our project through testing, it is fully anticipated additional match clusters will result, thus continuing the process of sorting and connecting our various HATCH-variant surname lines.
  • Among these unmatched results is a descendant of Line #6 -- Joseph HATCH of Cheshire and Lancashire, England. We do yet have a second match with this line to help validate the Haplotype (Y-DNA signature) for Line #6.
Significance of Preliminary Y-DNA Findings - Due to the quality of documentation back to Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, coupled with the perfect matches among members of Match Cluster-A, we can now say that we have achieved “double-validation” indicating that:
  • Match Cluster-A represents the true Haplotype (Y-DNA signature) for HATCH-male descendants and ancestors of Line #1 – Thomas HATCH of Barnstable.
  • This finding is a highly significant breakthrough in that it will help future HATCH researchers prove or validate their descendancy from Line #1.
  • Just as significantly, if we now find a perfect match with a HATCH male in the United Kingdom, we will have scientifically proven a link to that specific HATCH line in England.
  • Conversely, we can now redirect our research with total confidence for those HATCH lines thought to link to Line #1, but now shown not to be a match.
  • Ultimately, we hope to repeat this process and establish matches for Lines #2-6 above, and as many other colonial-era HATCH arrivals as we may identify in the future.
  • However, much work remains to be done. We are now very actively working to locate HATCH-males in the United Kingdom willing to participate in Y-DNA testing to assist us in making the “across the pond” connection between Line #1 – Thomas HATCH and a specific HATCH line in England.
With regard to Haplogroups (deep ancestry - thousands of years ago), an unanticipated result has come out of Y-DNA testing. Match Cluster-A, or that is to say Line #1 – Thomas HATCH of Barnstable, comes back as Haplogroup (Hg) “I”, and in the case of member Clifford William Hatch, the results further resolve down to subclade Hg “I1a.” Or that is to say, the deep ancestry of this particular HATCH line is not actually with the indigenous Celtic or other very early Britannia peoples, but were instead of Nordic or Viking origins. This could have occurred (example only) when early Viking invaders either remained behind in Britannia or fathered children in their wake. While this Hg indicates Nordic or Viking origins, emerging population genetics research suggests that Hg “I” may have first emerged in what is now Northern France some 23,000 years ago, looped northward through Northwest Europe following the receding ice caps from the last glacial maximum, then again extending back south into Germany and Central Europe in a broad migration stream ultimately resembling a giant question mark.
  • As a closing thought, genetic research can now often help scientifically prove what we thought we knew, but in other cases, disprove our presumptive line and allow us to confidently redirect our traditional research as appropriate.
  • As a reminder, you only submit one DNA sample, and any other desired testing, upgrades, SNP tests, and even mtDNA tests, can all be run at your request from your original one-time sample. You never need to submit a second sample.
  • Watch here for continued lab progress reports!

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