It has been about 5 years since I started the Hogg DNA Project. In my mind, the project has been a rousing success. At this time we have, altogether, 138 DNA samples in the project. I want to thank everyone who helped make the project a success.
I have been very inclusive and added data from all available sources. Not all of the data in the project comes from Hogg's. I encourage participants with any name that can reasonably be construed as a variation of Hogg. I have included many DNA samples from people with totally different names because the DNA matches Hogg's in the project. I have included DNA from people who obtained the name Hogg by adoption. I have included some who have maternal Hogg ancestry but non-Hogg Y-DNA. In my effort to be inclusive regarding variations in the name, I have included other close, but different, names such as Hodge, Haig, and a variety of two-syllable names like Hogarth, etc. So far, we have found no matches between any of these other names and a person with a more traditional Hogg name variation.
If I make a count of members with a core Hogg name variant and/or every reason to expect him to have Y-DNA from a Hogg ancestor, the number is 76. Many of these are known to be relatives. The number of unique earliest known ancestors is 53. Some of these form clusters with matching DNA indicating they have a common ancestor yet to be determined. The number of unique clusters is 32. Of these 32 unique DNA clusters, 24 appear to have British origins, 6 are confirmed to have continental European origins, and 2 are probably of continental European origins.
In several cases, we have succeeded in matching up people, with no prior knowledge of a relationship, into clusters with similar DNA, indication they have a common ancestor. We have succeeded in several cases in confirming suspected relationships. We have, in some cases, concluded that traditional beliefs and assumptions are incorrect. In the end, we come to the basic conclusion that the concept of a single Hogg clan is totally bogus. Those of us with the name Hogg and common variations on the name are a very diverse lot with 32 different and unrelated families accounted for so far. And, there are a number of well documented Hogg families as yet untested, so we cannot say how they fit in. Much is still to be learned.
I certainly encourage anyone from a Hogg line not yet included in the project to join. The Hogg DNA Project web site is http://hdhdata.org/hoggdna.html
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