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As most Wilsey, Wildey, Wilde, Wiley, Willey researchers may know, the names are often confused.
In 18th century script a lower case "d" can resemble a loser case "s".
Separating out these various families vs misspellings has been difficult, partiularly in the Hudson Valley.
A new tool has arrisen. It seems that those Wildeys, Wileys, Wildes, etcwho are related to Richard Wilday (d. 1689, Flusing, LI) are of Y-Haplogroup G2.
Haplogroups are the markers of our ancient ancestors. One of the predominant ones in N. Europe is R1b1, a Celtic marker.
However, G2 is extremely rare. So far only about 1-2% of British males have tested as Haplogroup G2. There are small pockets of slightly higher percentages elsewhere in Europe.
Therefore, with the cheapest, easiest DNA test... the Y-DNA 12 marker test, we can separate out lines that may be descended from Richard Wildey of Flushing, or perhaps from unknown brothers or cousins who immigrated.
If a person's test turns up other than G2, then they can discard families in the Hudson Valley & elsewhere believed to originate with Richard in Flushing.
On the other hand, if one has a name like Wilsey, Vielie (in my research, I have seen the name Wildey & Wiley spelled these ways) & it comes up a G2, then perhaps, one should take a look at the Wilde, Wiley, Wildeys connected to Richard Wildey of Flushing.