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Welcome to the Zachary Surname DNA Project!


UPDATE (11/9/2017):  Match (Kit # 760084) to the William and Jemima Zachary line is now posted!! For more information, see Patriarch and DNA Results pages.


We are currently looking for any male Zachary (and surname variations listed below) descendants to provide their DNA for this project.  

Our general objective is to identify the major Zachary family lines worldwide.

Within this objective, we currently have two sub-interests:

  • Looking for any male Zachary's (or variations listed below) from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Autosomal DNA tests show a majority percentage coming from the UK - for example, one project administrator has 88% from FTDNA, 87% from 23 & Me and 74% from​


  • ​Seeking male descendants of Thomas H. Zachary (b. 1712 in Essex, Virginia) and Sophie (b. 1717 in Virginia) or his brothers (David - b. 1714, married Ann Crawford; John - b.1704/5, married Ann Taylor) to provide DNA.  This could be another separate Zachary line or connected to a lineage listed on the Patriarch's page.  

​Most of our DNA volunteers appear to have direct or indirect ties to the UK based on the paper trail. For example, the earliest record for William Zachary is a 1773 tithable record in Trinity Parish (formed from Fredericksville Parish), Louisa County, Virgina - this parish was a Church of England parish. Interestingly, one of the US Government founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson, was a vestryman in this parish for sometime after 1762 (see Old Churches, Ministers and Families of Virginia).


What we have found so far...

- Volunteer results show the John and Katie (Blackstone) Zachary line is related to the John/Bartholemew Zachary line.  Previous paper-trail evidence could not connect the two.  See Patriarch page and DNA results page for further details.

- Four lineages are not related to each other within a minimum of 20 generations.  

- Three families mysteries were solved!  These family origins are expanded and enhanced.  

- Two new mysteries and additions to the Zachary family. New matches on the Dedman and Westmoreland surnames to the William and Jemima Zachary line appeared this year (2017). Research ongoing to find the common male ancestor. This is in addition to the West surname match from 2011.

- Confirmed at least two surname changes. 


Please review the Patriarchs and Test Results pages to compare the conventional paper trails vs. DNA.  


If you have the following Surnames, you are welcome to join this project:


Zachary, Zackery, Zachery, Zakery, Zakry, Zaccary, Zachry, Zykorie, Zacharie, Zack, Zachariah, Sakry, Sakyre, Sachary, Sachry, Sacrey, Sacre, Sacrye, Sakary, Sacree, Sakarye, Sacary, Saccary, Sacry, Sakre and any other spelling variant not listed!

(If your surname is not included please contact a Project Administrator (contact links are at the bottom of the page.)

The Project is open to all families with these spelling variations.  The Project is also open to other family surnames where adoption or alternate parentage exists.


For more information on joining the project (with or without volunteering DNA), please click/touch here.

Ready to be a project volunteer?  Click/touch here - (you will be taken to the FamilyTreeDNA website), then select the Y-DNA37 test.


The Zachary Surname DNA Project Objectives:

  • Build a database of Zachary (or variation surname) lineages, grouped by DNA signature - those within a given lineage can compare and see where to focus their conventional paper trail research.
  • Find proof of surname change - since there are so many variations to the name Zachary, DNA can help track down name changes.
  • Make research easier by ruling out unrelated branches.
  • Discover geographic origins in another continent or country.


Participating in any Surname DNA Project provides:

  • Your paternal line prehistoric origins (Also known as Haplogroup - clicking this hyperlink will open a new window and take you to the FTDNA FAQ page).
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry - we begin to realize we are a World Family.
  • Stimulation to research the convential paper trail and renewed information sharing.
  • A way to confirm if your ancestors changed their name, either slightly or to something completely different.
  • Genetic matches who do not share your common surname (i.e. adoption, alternate paternity).
  • A better understaning of our ancestors - particularly where the records have been lost (due to war, fire, flood, etc.).


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