October 2, 2017

Welcome to the HILL DNA PROJECT

Welcome to the HILL DNA Project, a scientific approach to finding our ancestors including Hill, Hills, and other variants of the name. Since 2002, our project has been one of the largest DNA surname support groups affiliated with Family Tree DNA. We have more than six hundred participants and have identified more than sixty distinct Hill lines. Enjoy the website!

Here is how it works. Simply go to Family Tree DNA (www.familytreedna.com) and order your test kit. We suggest ordering at least the 37 marker Y-DNA test. Most of our participants have been tested at the 67 marker level. Family Tree DNA will send you your test kit. Follow the instructions and send your kit in. You will be given an account page at Family Tree DNA (make sure you join the Hill DNA group through your account page). After about five weeks, your results will be reported to you, and if you have joined the Hill DNA group, your results will simultaneously be reported to us here at www.hilldna.com. We will group you with your matched HILL group at the Family Tree DNA website and here on this website. What we offer here (for free) is a more detailed place for you to share information with your fellow matched participants. We also maintain an Unmatched Participants page for those whose DNA is in process or for those still awaiting a match.

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October 1, 2017

Red Cross donation link for Disaster Relief

Many of our participants live in areas affected by recent disasters. You can go to the link below and choose where your donation goes…General Disaster Relief, Hurricane Irma Relief, Hurricane Harvey Relief, Home Fires, and to other efforts:


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September 1, 2017

Are your match preferences generating too many email notifications?

Many participants have their match preferences in their FTDNA account settings at a low resolution setting that is matching participants that are so distantly related that we cannot even Group the matches. This is generating massive numbers of email notifications, often wasting everyone’s time. Please review your match settings at your FTDNA account and adjust to a higher resolution for notifications. We do not Group any results for testing levels under 37 Markers.

Also, there are many participants who have “joined” the HILL DNA PROJECT only for the purpose of finding collateral relations with no Y-DNA connection to any HILL participants. Many of these participants have their match notifications set very low as well, also generating massive numbers of email notifications. For participants only searching for collateral relation research, you will find better HILL lineage information on this (www.hilldna.com) website by using the SEARCH feature.

For either of the above situations, again… if you are receiving too many match email notifications from the FTDNA, please log on to your FTDNA account page and adjust your preferences to a higher resolution.

Thank you!

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July 10, 2017

Requested post from Wayne Kauffman, regarding SNP U106

From: Wayne Kauffman at: dna_wayne@yahoo.com

Regarding Hill groups 10,15,46,48,49,55,59, and 70.


Currently your members in your Hill’s project group are designated as R-M269. This is a high level group which includes maybe 40% of all European males. All of you have DYS492=13 present in your grouping. Currently about 92% of R-M269 individuals with DYS492=13 are positive for the haplogroup SNP U106 and fall into that large haplogroup region. We would like you to consider joining your kit to the U106 project and further refine your haplogroup from its M269 designation. As one confirms/refines the haplogroup closer to genealogical time you narrow down the number of other surnames/lineages that share your ancestral history. Also hints around your geographic origins and ancestral movements are developed based upon test results from hundreds of lineages. The U106 project has some of the most advanced analysis available and you can view it at http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/~mcdonald/genetics.html

After joining the U106 project the project admins will place you into an appropriate group based upon your STR results. This grouping will help guide you as to how to proceed with refining your haplogroup. In several of your cases we may be able to make even more precise predictions based upon how your linages fits in with the other 3800 testers in the project. Primarily the options are specific SNP packs, other than the high level R0M269 one that is advertised on your account page, of a full y-chromosome test.

Consider joining your kit to the R1b gateway project and the R-U106 projects and look through the various resources to see what your next step(s) may be in understanding your y-DNA test results.

R1b gateway project

R-U106 haplogroup project

ISOGG beginner resources for understanding SNPs, haplogroups, STR results and genealogy

Based upon your interest level and research goals if there are any questions about testing options feel free to ask me or in one of the discussion groups.

Wayne Kauffman at: dna_wayne@yahoo.com

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January 13, 2017

Donations Welcome

I have never charged anyone for maintaining this site. It is a labor of love. But, sometimes the site costs me an inordinate amount of money. I have paid a few hundred dollars to a web-designer friend who helps me now and then with issues that come up, and twice I have had to change the web hosting service and purchase security add-on programs to keep the site running. So, if anyone wants to donate a few dollars, I would be thrilled and happy to accept. Donations can be made either of the two ways below. Thank you!

Byron Hill
PO Box 120603
Nashville, TN 37212


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January 6, 2017

Site updates

Updates are made almost daily to the site based on data as it comes in from the FTDNA. Please go to your Group page, review the information, and send us any lineage or contact changes you want to make.

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February 17, 2015

An additional website/blog dedicated to Group 6

Group 6 member David Hill has started a website/blog dedicated to Group 6 that you may find useful at: www.hillfamily.org

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January 12, 2015

Sponsorship Requests

Please take a look at our Sponsorship Request page. You may find a connection there waiting for a little assistance with the testing fee. Also, the Sponsorship Request page  is the perfect page to post offers if you are willing to sponsor someone.

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December 26, 2014

A reminder of our Grouping criteria

IMPORTANT: To review the FTDNA published scale by which we group matched participants…. click HERE.

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June 11, 2014

Missing Information

If you are showing as matched and grouped accordingly on the FTDNA site but do not see your lineage posted here in your Group, please make sure you submit your lineage here for posting within your Group. You can submit your basic lineage to: hilldnaproject@gmail.com. Thank you!

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