It has been almost one year since the project began. We now have 10 members!!! We have made a great start towards understanding the genetic roots of various Hamby families, but there is still a long way to go. Genetic genealogy rests on statistical analysis and probability, and those are only so good as the sample size of whatever group one is studying. We have a modest public website set up at the moment, which you can acess:
For Wilkes County Hambys, we have descendants of two of the four early Hamby settlers, John and William Hamby. We hope that recent additional testing will reveal whether they were brothers or cousins. It would be extremely helpful if we could find any known descendants of either Samuel Hamby or Stephen Hamby, who were the other two. Their haplotypes could fill in some much needed data about the early Wilkes Hambys and their relationships to one another, thus greatly increasing our knowledge.
We would still like to find more Hambys in England as well. There are only about 200 still living there, so each one counts. We'd especially love to find any with roots in Suffolk County.
Even though most of the descendants of Richard Hamby from Virginia use the variant Hanby today, we would like to find any of his descendants of either name. The lack of Richard's descendants in the project is a major gap.