William Hartwell, the English immigrant ancestor of thousands of Hartwells in America, settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in the year 1636. While many of us with the surname Hartwell cannot yet definitively trace our ancestry back to William using traditional genealogical methods, Y-DNA testing has provided a way for us to help us find out how we are related to each other. The Hartwell Family DNA project was recently launched with this goal in mind. All men with the Hartwell surname are invited to participate, and all women with Hartwell ancestry are encouraged to prod their Hartwell men to participate. The test to take is Y-DNA only available from FamilyTreeDNA.com. The results have already worked, as I have already found a Hartwell cousin using a Y-DNA match in the FTDNA database. Let’s combine forces to find out more about our Hartwell ancestors. The more Hartwells that take the test and upload their results and family trees, the more we will collectively know about our ancestry.
The steps to take are:
- Purchase a Y-37 (good), Y-111 (better) or Big Y-700 (best) test kit from FamilyTreeDNA.com and follow the instructions.
- Upload a Gedcom file containing your known Hartwell paternal ancestry
- Join the Hartwell Y-DNA Surname Study Project
- Learn more about Y-DNA testing and its potential at the FTDNA Learning Center and the International Society of Genetic Genealogy (ISOGG) website
Let’s look forward to discovering more of our Hartwell connections! Please contact me with any questions.
Stephen Hartwell, Project Administrator