The Lancaster and Satterthwaite Surname DNA project.


Welcome to the homepage of our genealogical DNA project for several Northern English surnames, which are especially associated with the historic county of Lancashire :-

1. The Lancaster group of surnames including Lanchester, Lancashire, Lankshear, Lankester, etc. Click for more information.

2. The Satterthwaite group of surnames including Satterwhite, Satterfitt, Satterfield, Sutterfield, etc. Click for more information.

This project is a volunteer-run genealogical project, open to all families potentially affiliated with any surnames potentially related to those mentioned. It is run by participants, for participants, and affiliated with ISOGG, and not any single commercial lab. (We are recognized by most major testing companies working with genealogists.) This webpage and most associated with it are kept up-to-date, more-or-less, by Andrew Lancaster. The project and its webpages are work in progress, and may contain errors. If you think you see something you want to copy, please contact the author ( to give us a chance to update you on the latest possibilities.

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History of the Project:

Genealogy with DNA:

BACKGROUND READING on how “genetic genealogy” works: click HERE.

Typically genealogists are in genealogy because of…

(a) An interest in knowing who they are and who they are linked to,

(b) An interest in getting a feel for what historical times were really like, and

(c) The challenge of solving mysteries.

Y DNA study fits with all of these motives by identifying the defining DNA characteristics of your paternal ancestry, as passed down from fathers to sons over generations, just like the surnames that usually go along for the ride. So what Y DNA gives us as genealogists is effectively another type of “source document” that we can put with all their other clues in order to confirm some theories, and reject others – at least when it concerns a male line where we know of living male-line descendants.

It always important to keep in mind that the DNA results themselves only compare unbroken father-to-son lines of relationship. This is not the same as “families” more generally, but only one aspect of what defines one. The DNA does NOT give us genealogical miracles which allow us to avoid also researching “paper trails”. It is one more tool for the tool kit!

DNA Results and Discussion:

Please click the below links to go to information about family results so far grouped according to their Y chromosome’s “haplogroup”. Haplogroups are very ancient “families”, typically thousands or tens of thousands of years old. Families who are not in the same Y haplogroup are never related in any meaningful sense through their paternal ancestry (of course they can and will be related in other ways through non-male lines).

We have the following sections, which have each been given their own webpage:


You can search for key words such as surnames or place names on the website here using the freefind function to the right...

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1. The header of this webpage uses the Red Rose graphic symbolizing Lancaster and Lancashire which can be found on English Wikipedia. Click on the Rose to go there.