Guild of One-Name Studies
One-name studies, Genealogy
Variants: Hallister, Holester, Holister, Hollester
Category: 3 - A study where research using core genealogical datasets and transcriptions is well under way on a global basis.
DNA website: www.familytreedna.com/public/Hollister
Contact: Mr David Hollister
The Hollister one name study commenced in 1985 and is virtually complete for the United Kingdom. In the early years records were maintained on paper and later computerised using an Excel Spreadsheet. Wherever possible each name is associated with a particular family tree.
The finished product consist of
The indexes and charts will be updated if further information comes to light meanwhile it is the intention to prove the family trees and to find possible links through the Hollister DNA Project.
The sources of information covered include: -
The Parish Church Registers held at the Bristol Record Office, the registers of the Northern Parishes of Somerset, and the transcripts of registers compiled by the Wiltshire Family History Society covering the period from 1538 to 1837.
The International Genealogical Index as at Jul 1984 and since updated to 2007.
The Census Returns 1841 to 1901
All known Hollister wills held at the PCC and record offices of Bristol, Gloucester, Somerset and Wiltshire for pre 1858 wills and all wills and administrations post 1858 for those born pre 1901.
The surviving Court Rolls for the manor of Westerleigh commencing 1625.
The Births Marriages and Deaths civil registration from Jul 1837 to 1901
There is a DNA project in existence and the results so far link the Westerleigh family with the descendants of John Hollister who left Bristol in the early 17th Century for New England and the Wiltshire Family. We have been determined as being of the R1a1a Haplogroup (CTS1211) a relatively rare group in the UK and of Eastern Europe origin.
'The Hollister DNA Project is offering free Y-DNA 37-Marker tests for men with the Surname Hollister, Holister or Hollester and associated double barrelled names Hollister-Short and Hollister-Shepherd. The offer is open to men with documented lineages from Any Country. The offer will be subject to the approval of the Administrators' assessment that the outcome is likely to benefit the project. Details of the project can be found on :-
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