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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Acker and Eckhardt. Please email me anytime my cousin is an expert on the Acker geneology and might be able to help you. His email is
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What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
If you are a genealogy expert, what are your specialties?
My cousin and I is on a DNA with the Acker project he may help you with your question.

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At 9:43am on March 1, 2014, John Hale said…

I have sent this same message to your cousin at, but can't seem to make a contact with him.

My name is John Hale and I am researching my Hale family line. I submitted a Y-DNA test to Family Tree DNA (FTDNA), and joined the Hale DNA Project at FTDNA hoping to find matches that would help me break down a brick wall concerning my great great grandfather - John Hale. I discovered the only Hale I matched at the Hale DNA Project was a known cousin. My cousin and I DO NOT match other Hale’s at the project. FTDNA noticed my cousin and I that we match the following surnames: Acker, Aker, and Akers. I joined your Project, and I have contacted the Aker that I match through 67 makers and we can’t discover the person that may have changed their name from Aker to Hale.

Another cousin I found through ancestry research said her mother told her and her brother that they were not really Hale, they were Akers. This cousin's mother said an Akers was taken in by a Hale family and changed their Akers name to Hale.


I found this at the Acker DNA Project at FTDNA:

Phillip Jacob was born in 1698, in Spabach, Alsace (near Altkirch in the Haut Alsace region). (Note: anther version says he was born 1696 in Germany). About 1730 "Jacob" and a brother emigrated to this country on the English ship "Loyal Judith."
The brothers settled in Lehigh Co., PA and Jacob is buried in the Ziegel Church grounds there. The representative of Jacob's family line belongs to a branch who moved through Ohio and settled in Doniphan Co., Kansas. Heinrich, the presumed brother of Phillip Jacob, was born 14 Oct 1700, possibly in Germany, and this is the only info provided by the participant who claims descent from him. Because the results of these two participants match very closely, we have no reason to doubt that their respective ancestors were brothers, and are grouping them together pending further evidence.
51131 Acker 13 25 14 10 11 15 12 12 13 13 14 29
65508 Akers 13 25 14 10 11 16 12 12 13 13 14 29

My Kit # is 212709 and I match the Akers with Kit # 65508 through the 12 makers. I was wondering if I match the “HEINRICK & PHILLIP JACOB ACKER (ALSACE-LORRAINE TO LEHIGH CO., PA)” line and if you might be able to point me to someone who might be able to have info on this line, such as any male that migrated to KY, TN, or VA? Or, if someone would know of an adoption, indenture, or apprenticeship of an Akers to a Hale.

Thanks for any help.

John Hale

At 9:01am on April 20, 2013, John Hale said…
I am trying to determine how I match an Aker surname through DNA testing, with my surname being Hale.
After a yDNA test on me by Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) showed I only matched a known Hale cousin at the FTDNA database, and my cousin and I didn't match any other Hale there, we received notice by FTDNA of  yDNA matches with the following surnames: Acker, Aker, and Akers. Another Hale cousin I discovered through genealogy research, told me that her mother told her children they were not really Hale, the were Aker. According to this cousin's mother an Aker was taken in by a Hale family in the early 1800s. It is my thought that the person is my gg grandfather John Hale. I am on the FTDNA Acker project, Kit# 212709.
My gg grandfather is John Hale (possibly born 1800-1820 in Wythe County, VA) his wife was Sarah Fawbush (born abt 1822 in Sullivan County, TN). According to The Wythe County Historical Society no Hale family was in Wythe County during he time John was born.
There is a Thomas Jefferson Aker/Akers/Acres listed in the "Lost Children of Wythe Co" (VA) on page 122 as "poor boy, bound to George Keesling on June 5, last, and George now being deceased, it is ordered that he be bound out again. George Keesling, father of George, deceased, consented thereto." Nothing is recorded as to if Thomas Aker/Akers/Acres was bound, adopted, or taken in by another family after George Keesling's death. Also, in this book was another Aker/Akers/Acres that was bound out to one family, then removed from that family, no info what the surname of that family was or if they were bound out to another family. Whew, there finished.

Do any of you have any info on a possible adoption or something of an Aker/Akers/Acres to a Hale family?
Thanks for any help.




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