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WELCOME TO THE NEW HIATT, HIETT, HIOTT AND HYATT DNA AND GENEALOGY HOME PAGE
Welcome to the Hyatt Family DNA and Genealogy Home Page. Whether you are a long-time member of our group or a newcomer, we hope you will "feel at home" here. With the support of WorldFamilies.net, we established and activated this website in September 2011. We are now in the process of developing content and features for each of the tabs at the top of this page. The 41 founders of this new online community are all members of the Hyatt Surname DNA Project at Family Tree DNA. Like their ancestors before them, they are all, in a way, pioneers themselves--ordinary men and women from all walks of life who were willing to gamble that DNA analysis just might be a powerful new tool in support of their genealogy research.
The project co-administrators listed at the bottom of this page have established this public website hoping to provide a place where people interested in DNA research and people involved in traditional family genealogy can come together and help one another unravel our complicated family histories. We welcome and encourage all Hiatt, Hiett, Hiott, and Hyatt genealogists to join with us; post your family pedigree on our Pedigree Forum, and post topics for discussion on our new family forum You do not have to take a DNA test to participate. Just go to http://www.worldfamilies.net , register there, and log in.
WE NEED TO TEST SOME MISSING FAMILY LINES BEFORE WE CAN GET THE FULL PICTURE OF OUR FAMILIES' DNA
There are a number of significant Hiatt, Hiett, and Hyatt family lines that have not yet been confirmed through DNA testing. If you think your family line may be untested, check with one of our project administrators listed at the bottom of the page to verify this. Perhaps you can be a "genealogy pioneer" by being the first person in your extended family to take the DNA test. Your test results will then be the "standard" for other genealogists researching your family line.
GIVE THE GIFT OF GENETIC GENEALOGY TO A YOUNG PERSON IN YOUR FAMILY
If you are a family genealogist I am sure you have thought, from time to time, "What will happen to my research and hard work after I am gone? Who's going to take over and continue what I have started?" Here's one suggestion: Select a young man or boy with your family name, such as a son or grandson, and let him take the Y-DNA test for the family. By doing so, his results will become the standard for everyone, both male and female, in your paternal family line. Since DNA rarely mutates, his DNA will probably be identical to yours and to that of all his other male family members, as well as his ancestors for many years back. Not only will he carry the "standard" for your entire family, he will also have the option of participating in all of the exciting advances in DNA genealogy that are on the horizon. This combination of science and genealogy should be fascinating for him. And, just maybe, he will be "hooked" on genealogy, just as you are. And you will have recruited your "replacement." If your most promising "heir apparent" is a young woman, she too can become involved. Given present state of available technology she would need to identify a surrogate, such as her father, brother, or you to take the yDNA test for her, but she could be the one who does the followup research. Our group has several female genealogists who could mentor her. She could also take the mitochondrial DNA test herself which would give her some interesting information on her own and her mother's ancestral heritage on the female side of her family.
If you decide to do this, we recommend that the young man (or the male surrogate, in the case of a young woman) apply for either the Y-37 or preferably, the Y-67 test. At least 37 "markers" are needed to obtain useful genealogy information for comparison with others who have his family name. There are several members in our group that can help your young person understand the test results or he/she can do his/her own research using the resources available at Family Tree DNA, our testing service.
The test is simple and non-invasive. You simply wipe the inside of your cheek with a sterile cotton swab, place the swab in a provided container and mail it back to the testing service. None of the results are useful for any purpose other than defining your family's unique DNA heritage for genealogy purposes. Peripheral things such as genetic-related health issues are not identified by this test. So privacy is not a significant issue. To order the test or learn more click on "Order Test" on the navigation bar above or contact one of the Hyatt co-administrators listed at the bottom of this page.