A DNA geneology project has been started for surnames Goodger/Goocher/Googer/Goacher/Gotcher/Guger at http://www.familytreedna.com/. Search for goodger and click the result. DNA test kits are group discounted for this project.
There are several branches of Goodger descended from English immigrants of the 1800s. This branch is not one of them (although they are welcome to join this group as well - DNA may show a relationship farther back in time). This branch dates back to the earliest settlements in Virginia. We have records dating back to 1687, although the people in those records have not positively been connected with Martin Goodger.
The main assemblage of our research dates back to the death of Martin Goodger/Goocher near Richmond, Virginia in 1799. He had six sons, five of which had sons of their own. We have confirmed Goodger, Goocher and Googer surnames for his descendants. We suspect the Gocher/Goucher clans listed in the 1790 and 1800 census' in the Pendleton area of South Carolina are related because that is where Martin's sons migrated to after his death. The spelling Goucher has been found in documents for some of our confirmed family members.
Please join our DNA project with a 12 marker test for your male and help us sort out the relationships between these family surnames. Once the family groups are isolated, the test can be upgraded to 37 or even 64 markers to home in on the exact branch to which you belong.
Thank you and best regards,
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