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This project is administered by male Haplogroup Q1a3a (native American) Tapps who are direct paternal descendants of William Tapptico, chief of the Wiccocomico circa 1693. The Wiccocomico DNA Project is a project to identify maternal descendants, paternal descendants, and current day surnames of the Wiccocomico Indians. The Wiccocomico Indians are an indigenous Native American people of the Virginia, Maryland, Chesapeake Bay, and Potomac River region. aka Wicocomico, Wicomico, Wicocomoco, Wicocomocoe, Wighcocomeco Specific Haplogroup Q1a3a (Q3) markers have been identified belonging to male descendants with surnames of Tapp, Freeman, Doggett, Logan, Stricklin, Dennis and Polk. 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. 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. Most descendants migrated west / southwest along the Appalachian Trail through Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas. This project has no affiliation with and does not endorse the Wicocomico Indian Nation Inc.