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The Wing DNA Project is open to all Wing families, of all spelling variations, and from all locations.  

Surname DNA testing is the newest tool available to genealogists!

  • Surname tests allow genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.
  • Surname DNA information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails.

This Wing Family Project was started to:

  • Identify the likely DNA signature of Rev. John Wing.
  • Attempt to identify any English Wings whose DNA signature is similar to Rev. John's signature.
  • Identify the Haplogroup for the family to learn more about our ancient past.
  • Determine whether other Wing families in America are closely related.
  • Identify how the participant's families are connected, both genetically and through paper trails.
  • Identify and confirm genetic Lineages of ancestral families.

Participating in a Surname DNA Project provides:

  • The participant's genetic DNA, which is very close (and sometimes identical) to his earliest known ancestor, Matthew Wynge (c1548-1614) a tailor at Banbury, Oxfordshire, England.
  • The participant's "deep" ancestry (Haplogroup), which identifies the paternal ancestor's prehistoric origins.
  • A sense of camaraderie, which is particularly strong for those who share a genetic ancestry
  • Stimulation to family research and renewed sharing of information
  • A wider sense of identity and relationship, as we begin to realize how much we are a World Family.
  • A chance to compare your genetic ancestry with those of other Wings and the spelling variations
  • Your genetic matches who do not share the Wing surname
  • The knowledge to understand our ancestors better - particularly where the records have been lost



Some Advice if you are a male Wing considering ordering a Y-DNA test

  • The Haplogroup of Rev. John Wing and his descendants fall in the Western Atlantic Modal Haplotype (WAMH). The WAMH comprises by far the majority of Western European inhabitants (approaching 80% of the English population). As such, the basic 12 marker Y-DNA test does not provide enough information to determine if your male Wing ancestor was Rev. John Wing.  The family has a couple of markers in the 13-25 marker panel which are rare enough to establish whether you descend from Rev. John or not.


  • DNA testing has the potential to reveal a Non-Paternal Event (NPE) occurred in your direct male line.  Basically stated, an NPE is when the father who raised a child is not identical to the biological/genetic father.  NPEs can occur from a variety of causes including (but not limited to): Adoption, a widow remarrying and children taking the surname of the step-father, maternal grandparents raising their daughter's children, a woman marrying someone other than the father of her unborn child, an extramarital affair, etc.


  • Joining a surname or geographical project will save you $$$.  FT DNA offers a substantial discount on tests for persons belonging to a surname or geographical project. In addition, the project has an administrator who is knowledgeable about the family/area and can give you free expert advice.


Click here to order a DNA test in the Wing project.


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