Hanks DNA Project- Background
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. Of particular interest are direct female line descendants of:
Lucy Hanks / Henry Sparrow
Nancy Hanks / Levi Hall
Abraham Hanks / 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.