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The Wiccocomico DNA Project is a project to identify maternal descendants, paternal descendants, and surnames of the Wiccocomico Indians. The project is open to male and female participants having ancestors from a common geographical area. The common geographical area is the current Chesapeake Bay area of Virgina and Maryland. Participation is strongly encouraged for an area that extends south to North Carolina and South Carolina along the Atlantic coast; and north along the Atlantic coast including Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, New Foundland, and Labrador. Please be sure to list your lineage when joining so that it can be verified. Specific Haplogroup Q1a3a (Q3) markers have been identified to belong to male descendants. These surnames include Tapp, Freeman, Doggett, Logan, and Stricklin. All unadmixed modern Native Americans are members of one of five different maternal haplogroups: A2, B2, C1, D1, and X2a. Algonquian and Siouan speakers exhibit all five haplogroups with A2, C1, and X2a being the most common. Haplogroup X2a is highest in frequency among Algonquian-speaking populations. We are seeking participant from this geographic region with mtDNA Haplogroup A2, C1, and X2a. Y-DNA is to be used for identification of the ethnic and geographic origin of the paternal line and is used to affirm or disprove a genealogical connection on the direct paternal line. mtDNA, which is found in both men and women, will be used to trace the direct maternal line. Results identify the ethnic and geographic origin of the maternal line. Other related tribes and names are Roanoke, Croatoan, Wicocomico, Hatteras, Pamlico, Pocomoke, Lenape, Mantauk, Pequot, Narragansett, Nipmuck, Wampanoag, Abenaki, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet, Míkmaq (also known as Micmac, Mi’kmaq, Mi’gmaq, or Mi’kmaw), Quinnipiac, Shinnecock, Paugussett, and Mattabesic.