It is currently my understanding that the Wigington (Wiggington, Wigginton, Wiginton, etc..) lineages found in the United States today immigrated from the United Kingdom starting around the mid 1600s. Nine of the Wigington's that have been tested thus far are from Haplogroup G and four individuals are from Hg R (either confirmed, predicted, or presumed). Below are the categories that we are currently divided into. According to the National Geographic's Genographic Project:
For those that are from Hg G you belong to a very small group of individuals. It is believed that around 10,000 years ago, as the last ice age ended, these ancestors, along with the other people living in the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East discovered how to grow food. The Fertile Crescent extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf where the Euphrates and Tigris rivers form an extremely fertile floodplain. Today the region includes all or part of Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq.
Haplogroup G ancestors were part of the Neolithic Revolution, the point at which humans changed from nomadic hunter-gatherers to settled agriculturists. Today small numbers of men belonging to haplogroup G can be found in China, Indonesia, Taiwan, the Philippines, and the Polynesian Islands of the Pacific. In the Republic of Georgia (Caucasus Mountains south of Russia, north of Turkey) members of G make up as much as 30 percent of the population. Around 14 percent of the men on the island of Sardinia belong to this group, as well as ten percent of the men in north central Italy, eight percent of the men in northern Spain, almost seven percent of the men in Turkey, and lesser percentages in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Ukraine, Lebanon, Greece, Hungary, Albania, Croatia, and Ethiopia. G is still represented in the Middle East—some of these are Arab, some are Jews, many are neither. Across northwestern Europe, only one to three percent of the men belong to haplogroup G. Small numbers of Gs can also be found in Syria (Arabs), Russia (Adygeans), Uzbekistan (Tartars and Karakalpaks), Mongolia, and western China (Uygurs). Members of haplotype G can also be found in Sicily, Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Norway, and Sweden. Haplogroup G marker arose around 30,000 years ago, in a man born along the eastern edge of the Middle East, perhaps as far east as the Himalayan foothills in Pakistan or India. He has had relatively few descendants, and members of this clan are rarely present in population frequencies at greater than a few percent.
Please view this website for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_G-M201
The Haplogroup R1a arose between 10,000 to 15,000 years ago when a man of European origin was born on the grassy steppes in the region of present-day Ukraine or southern Russia. His descendents became the nomadic steppe dwellers who eventually spread as far afield as India and Iceland. Today about 40% of the men living from the Czech Republic across the steppes to Siberia, and south throughout Central Asia are R1A1 (M17). In India Hg R1a is about 35% of the Hindi-speaking populations, but only about 10% of the Dravidian speakers. This marker is found in only 5 to 10% of the Middle Eastern men.
Please view this website for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_R-M420
Around 30,000 years ago, a descendant of the R1B (M343) clan was making its way into Europe. These people, known as the Cro-Magnon, dominated the expansion into Europe. The Cro-Magnon are responsible for the famous cave paintings in southern France. These people knew how to make woven clothing using the natural fibers of plants, and had relatively advanced tools of stone, bone, and ivory. Their jewelry, carvings, and intricate, colorful cave paintings bear witness to their advanced culture the the last glacial age.
Please view this website for more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haplogroup_R1b_(Y-DNA)
This Surname Project traces members of a family that share a common surname. Since surnames are passed down from father to son like the Y-chromosome, this test is for males taking a Y-DNA test. Females do not carry their father's Y-DNA and acquire a new surname by way of marriage, so the tested individual must be a male that wants to check his direct paternal line (father's father's father's...) with a Y-DNA12, Y-DNA37, or Y-DNA67 marker test. Females who would like to check their direct paternal line can have a male relative with this surname order a Y-DNA test.
If you have any questions or concerns about joining this group please email me - Paula Mahan.