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Hatcher Name Study

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About the Project

The Hatcher Name Study project serves as a collaborative platform to collect information on the Hatcher name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join the study to help make it a valuable reference point for other genealogists who are researching or have an interest in the Hatcher name.

As a One Name Study, this project is not limited to persons who are related biologically. Individual studies can be used to branch out the research into specific methods and areas of interest, such as geographically (England Hatchers), by time period (18th Century Hatchers), or by topic (Hatcher DNA, Hatcher Occupations, Hatcher Statistics). These studies may also include a number of family branches which have no immediate link with each other. Some researchers may even be motivated to go beyond the profile identification and research stage to compile fully sourced, single-family histories of some of the families they discover through this name study project.

Also see the related surnames and surname variants.

How to Join

To join the Hatcher Name Study, first start out by browsing our current research pages to see if there is a specific study ongoing that fits your interests. If so, feel free to add your name to the Membership list below, post an introduction comment on the specific team page, and then dive right in!

If a research page does not yet exist for your particular area of interest, please contact William Watson-19068 or Bill Schultz-2165.

... ... ... is a member of the Hatcher Name Study Project.

Once you are ready to go, you can also show your project affiliation with the ONS Member Sticker:


Research Pages

Members of the Hatcher Families Genealogy Association started working together in late 1996. They started a website for Hatcher genealogical research in 2008 and incorporated the HFGA in Virginia in 2014.

  • A major effort of the Hatcher project has been Y-DNA testing. Results of that effort have connected men in two major Hatcher families and a number of smaller lineages. A major accomplishment was the connection of disparate Hatcher families in Dorset, England, Pennsylvania ("the Quaker Hatchers"), New Jersey, Minnesota, and Newfoundland, Canada. Subsequent documentary research provided a paper trail connecting them as descendants of the first known Hatcher, John Crowter a.k.a. Hatcher (1555-1617, Hatcher-3710). The Hatchers of Henrico County, Virginia with patriarch William Hatcher (1613-1680, Hatcher-46) is the largest Hatcher family by far, with tens of thousands of descendants, and perhaps fifty sets of Y-DNA test results. Results from Big Y tests have not only confirmed that men in these families connect to each other, but have also confirmed branches in these families and have helped identify and correct errors in the trees. You can find further information about this effort in Space:Hatcher DNA Group Project, including overview information on several other distinct Hatcher lineages.
  • The website of the Hatcher Families Genealogy Association includes a searchable database with over 60 000 profiles, including a number of transcriptions of and links to records, including thousands of entries in the FindAGrave database.
  • One Hatcher researcher set up a Facebook group for Hatcher research in 2014. Activity there is sporadic, but for Facebook users, it provides an easy way to share images and links to documents, and to ask and answer questions.


Anyone can join, all are welcome.

  • William Watson-19068 is the lead DNA analyst for the Hatcher project.
  • Bill Schultz-2165 is the group expert of the early Hatcher families, both in England and in North America.

Related Surnames and Surname Variants

Hattscher - descendants of Ferdinand Hatcher, born in Germany in about 1861 who emigrated to America in 1882 and raised all of his children with the Hatcher surname.

Hetzger - Charles J. Hatcher was born in Germany with the surname Hetzger. He emigrated to America in 1869 and appeared on the 1870 census with the Hatcher surname.

DNA testing has disproved a theoretical connection to a Thatcher family in New England.

Descendants of Nancy Hatcher-421 have Y-DNA connections to a Milam family. Apparently she married James Milam, they had children, the marriage failed, and she reverted to her maiden name, and raised all of her children as Hatchers.

The first children of Sarah Hay appear to have had a Chaney father. Results from Big Y tests have proven this connection.

Results from Big Y tests have proven a connection between a Lankford family and "the Waccamaw Hatchers," a family with strong ties to coastal South Carolina and the Waccamaw Indian People out of HorryCo, SC.

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