A Hinckley / Hinkley DNA Project has been started up and all men with this surname and variants are invited to join.
DNA testing is a great tool for genealogy to verify and find your ancestors. You can order a kit at https://www.familytreedna.com/surname_join.aspx?code=C50202&special=True
The test is a simple brush swab to the inside cheek of your mouth. All tests are confidential and no one born after 1910 is shown on the pedigree lines submitted.
There is a FAQ to answer any questions at https://www.familytreedna.com/faq.html
There is a reduction in price for the Y-DNA37 kit this month if you order a kit before January 1, 2009. This test will give you values for 37 of the markers on your Y-DNA. This number of markers should show your relation to Samuel Hinckley who arrived in America in 1635. We have one subject who has paper trail to this Samuel. We need more subjects to establish a genetic fingerprint for this Samuel Hinckley. Also, we may be able to see some variations in the DNA of the different lines of descent of Samuel, which would greatly help researchers that are hitting a brick wall with the paper trail. A test can verify if one is not related to this line and would help others to find what lineage they belong to or even match to another surname in the database.
A test will also provide a haplogroup value which will show what your ancient DNA migration route was.
Ancestry DNA is also having a price reduction this month on their kits. SMGF.org has only a 12 marker tests and receiving results can take up to a year.
FamilyTreeDNA has upgrade tests up to 67 markers, which is useful to help find or verify your lineage if your paper trail is not known. If you have a paper trail, doing this test provides the signature of your line for current researchers and future generations. Tests can prove you are not related if several markers do not match. Tests can increase probability of relationship with the more markers that match.
If you have been tested, you may share your results in the largest database at www.ysearch.org which is confidential.