Wickizer/Wickiser Surname DNA Project Report #1
We've received the results of our first Y chromosome DNA test for the Wickizer and Wickiser family. The numbers are posted on our personal website, www.millefleurs.tv, under the "Wickizer Genealogy" link. In isolation, the numbers don't mean much yet, although they do show that the family originated in western Europe (the R1b haplotype associated with the family indicates the underlying Celtic populations of Britain, France, Spain, and parts of Germany).
This first test derives from the Andrew Wickizer line, by far the largest of the five surviving Wickizer family branches. A second test from a fourth cousin in this family is currently in the works; it should validate the results of the first.
Our aim thereafter is to secure a sample test from a direct-line male descendant in each of the four remaining branches of the family (the descendants of Conrad Wickiser Jr., Abraham Wickiser, Isaac Wickizer, and Jacob Wickizer), thereby validating the genealogical research on those lines; and also to get representative samples from several possibly related families in Germany, including the Weckessers and the Werkheisers.
The most likely origin of the family name is from Weckesser ("bread eater"), a scarce surname that derived from two separate regions in medieval Germany: Hesse(n) and Württemberg. It's possible, of course, that these two lines are also related to each other.
The other possibly related family group, the Werkheisers, were located in the Easton, Pennsylvania area as early as the mid- to late 1700s. They left numerous descendants of various spellings, including at least one nineteenth-century family that changed its name to Wickizer (but is now extinct in the male line, and thus cannot be tested).
All of these questions should be easily answered with just a handful of tests. We're working with a professional genealogist in Germany to locate possible participants from the Weckesser family.
In the meantime, please watch our website for further developments.
All good wishes:
Mary Wickizer Burgess
Prof. Michael Burgess