Hanks DNA Project- Background



Hancks, Hanks


The Hanks Surname Y-DNA Project, created in 2002, seeks to identify the lines of present day Hanks, Hancks and variants and, together with genealogy research, determine how they are related to one another. 

Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), affiliated with Dr. Michael Hammer and the University of Arizona, tests the Y-chromosome which is passed from father to son to son, etc. Therefore, in order to participate, your descent must be through a direct male to male Hanks lineage.  In order for a female to participate in Y-DNA testing, she must recruit a male on her father's side -- her father, brother, cousin, uncle, etc.

NOTE: We are also seeking female descendants (direct female to female lineages) to participate in a mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA study of Hanks lineages.  Discounted, and in some cases free tests available for the following lines.  Contact administrator at fabercove@aol.com for more information.

Lucy Hanks (dau of Joseph Hanks & Nancy Lee) m Henry Sparrow 
Sarah Hanks (dau of Lucy Hanks & unknown father)
Sophie Hanks m1 Dillings Lynch m2 John Legrand

Margaret Hanks m Jackson Legrand

Mary Polly Hanks (dau of Joseph Hanks & Nancy Lee)
 m Jesse Friend

Nancy Hanks (dau of Joseph Hanks & Nancy Lee) m Levi Hall - daughters:
  Sarah Hall m 1828 Henry South
  Lydia Hall m 1826 Joseph Lynch
  Mahala Hall m 1830 William Beames
  Letitia(Letty) Hall(Hale) m 1843 Jacob Spangler

Abraham Hanks m Sarah Harper

Please visit the FTDNA web site for more information about DNA testing and availability of other tests.

To view the pedigrees of the participants, please select the RESULTS button above. We have placed the pedigrees in groups of closely matching individuals which correspond to the group numbers on the Y-DNA results.