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Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley Surname Project

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Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley Project
Lucy Nelson
Charles Wiseley
Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley Project Website
Additional Project Information
DNA type(s) used Y-DNA & autosomal DNA
Founded 21 Nov 2019
Project size 100+
Surname variations Wisley, Wisely, Wiseley, Wesley, and variants
Geographic areas Worldwide
Notes Image by TomHutchison CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

The project is hosted by FamilyTreeDNA and welcomes all surname variants including Wesley.
The project is free of charge and managed by experienced volunteer administrators.


The Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley Surname Project was established on 21 November 2019 by Lucy Nelson and Charles Wiseley. The project’s original goal was to identify direct male descendants of John Wisely born circa 1750 using Y-DNA. Due to courthouse fires in Cumberland County, Illinois, and Licking County, Ohio, many of John’s descendants have no paper trail and cannot connect through traditional research. Y-DNA testing has led to a number of genealogical breakthroughs and is ongoing.

The project’s scope was expanded to include all Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley-Wesley surname descendants and includes Y-DNA testers with ancestry from Scotland, Ireland, and England. The project uses Y-DNA to identify men who share a patrilineal ancestor as Y-DNA passes virtually unchanged from father to son throughout the generations. If you are a Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley or Wesley descendant with an interest in combining DNA evidence with traditional genealogy, please test at FamilyTreeDNA and join our group!

Project Goals

  • Assist members with understanding their DNA results
  • Group and analyze Y-SNP and Y-STR results
  • Investigate surname origins and migration paths
  • Identify common ancestors and paternal lineages

Free Test Offer

The project is offering a FREE Y-DNA test to a male who meets one of the below requirements. Please contact the project administrator if you qualify.

  • Your research and/or autosomal DNA matches indicate you may be a direct male descendant of John Wisely born circa 1750 or
  • You are a Wisley-Wisley-Wiseley male surname descendant living in Scotland with ancestry from Scotland

Requirements for Joining

Wisley descendants must have Y-DNA and/or Family Finder test results at FamilyTreeDNA in order to join the surname project.

  • Males with other surnames who match Wisley men in Y-DNA are welcome to join the project.[2]
  • Males and females with Wisley ancestry within 5 generations may join with Family Finder results.[3]
  • Female descendants should ask a male relative who carries the Wisley surname to take a Y-DNA test.[4]

How to Join

To join the Wisley-Wisely-Wiseley Surname Project, click the link below, and hit the JOIN button. You'll be asked to sign in to your FamilyTreeDNA account, then request to join. It's easy and only takes a minute. You'll receive our official welcome email with additional information shortly after joining.

Contact Information

To contact one of the project administrators, click on their name from the project's website to reveal their email address.

  1. Please contact the project administrator if you don't have Y-DNA results and need assistance ordering a
    Y-DNA test from FamilyTreeDNA. You may join with Family Finder results while your Y-DNA test is pending.
  2. Y-DNA matches to Wisley men must be at Y-37 or higher.
  3. Only Y-DNA testers will be grouped on the project's DNA Results page.
  4. Encouraged but not required.
  5. Viewing autosomal DNA matches is free for transfers.