Where Did My Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup Come From?

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The place Did My Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup Come From?

This is likely one of the most typical questions on mitochondrial DNA. Everybody desires to know one thing about their haplogroup.

The reply is multi-faceted and depends upon the query you’re really making an attempt to reply.

There are actually two flavors of this query:

  • The place did my ancestors come from in a genealogical timeframe?
  • The place did my ancestors come from earlier than I can discover them in genealogical data?

Clearly, the timeframes concerned fluctuate to some extent, as a result of when data finish varies for every ancestral line. Usually talking, family tree data don’t lengthen again past 500 years or so. Each time your family tree data finish, that’s the place your haplogroup and match data turns into critically vital to your analysis.

Fortuitously, we now have instruments to reply each varieties of questions which really kind a continuum.

Some solutions depend on having taken a mitochondrial DNA take a look at at FamilyTreeDNA and a few don’t.

  • We’ll talk about discovering haplogroup data for individuals who have taken a (ideally full sequence) mitochondrial DNA take a look at at FamilyTreeDNA.
  • We’ll talk about how individuals who have obtained their haplogroups by means of autosomal testing at different distributors can discover data.
  • We’ll discuss discovering haplogroup data when different relations have examined who carry the mitochondrial DNA of ancestors that you don’t.

Instruments exist for every of those conditions.

Genealogical Timeframe

When you’re making an attempt to reply the query of the place different individuals who carry your haplogroup are discovered on this planet, that query might be additional subdivided:

  • The place are the earliest identified matrilineal ancestors of my mitochondrial DNA matches situated?
  • The place are different mitochondrial DNA testers who carry my haplogroup, even when I don’t match them, discovered on this planet?

Let’s begin at FamilyTreeDNA after which transfer to public assets.


Mitochondrial DNA Exams

FamilyTreeDNA gives a substantial amount of data for individuals who have taken a mitochondrial DNA take a look at. We’ll step by means of every tab on a tester’s private web page that’s related to haplogroups.

To search out the situation of your matches’ most distant ancestors, it’s good to have taken the mitochondrial DNA take a look at at FamilyTreeDNA to be able to acquire outcomes and matches. I do know this may appear to be an apparent assertion, however you’d be stunned how many individuals don’t notice that there are separate checks for Y and mitochondrial DNA.

Your most detailed, and due to this fact most correct and particular outcomes will consequence from taking the Full Sequence take a look at, known as the mtFull take a look at and generally abbreviated as FMS (full mitochondrial sequence.)

Taking a full sequence take a look at means you’ve examined all three completely different areas of the mitochondria, HVR1, HVR2, and the Coding Area. Don’t fear about these particulars. Right this moment, the Full Sequence take a look at is the one take a look at you may order, however individuals who examined earlier might order a partial take a look at. These individuals can simply improve right this moment.

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You possibly can see, within the higher right-hand nook of the mitochondrial part of my private web page, above, that I’ve taken each checks. The “Plus” take a look at is the HVR1 and HVR2 portion of the take a look at.

When you haven’t taken any mitochondrial DNA take a look at, then the mitochondrial part doesn’t present in your private web page.

In case your Plus and Full buttons are each greyed out, meaning you took the HVR1 stage take a look at solely, and you’ll click on on both button to improve.

In case your “Full” button is greyed out, meaning you haven’t examined at that stage and you’ll click on on the Full button to improve.

Getting into Ancestor Info is Essential

Family tree is a collaborative sport and getting into details about our ancestors is vital – each for our personal family tree and for different testers too.

Your matches could or could not enter their ancestor’s data in all three areas the place it may be helpful:

  • Earliest Recognized Ancestor (discovered below the dropdown beneath your identify within the higher right-hand nook of your private web page, then “Account Settings,” then “Family tree,” then “Earliest Recognized Ancestors”)
  • Matches Map (discovered in your Y or mtDNA private web page tab or “Replace Location” on Earliest Recognized Ancestors tab)
  • Importing or making a tree (discovered below myTree on the very high of your private web page)

Please enter your data by following the notes above, or you may observe the step-by-step instructions, here. You’ll be glad you probably did.

Your Haplogroup

You’ll discover your haplogroup identify below the Badges part of your private web page in addition to on the high of the mtDNA part.

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The mtDNA part at FamilyTreeDNA has 5 tabs that every gives completely different items of the puzzle of the place your ancestors, and due to this fact your haplogroups, got here from.

Checking all of those tabs within the mtDNA part of your outcomes is vital to assemble every bit of proof supplied by your matches and the scientists as nicely. Let’s check out every one and what they reveal about your haplogroup.

Let’s begin together with your matches.


On the matches web page, you’ll solely be matched with individuals who carry the identical haplogroup – or not less than the identical base haplogroup.

The haplogroup stage of your matches depends upon the extent of take a look at they’ve taken. In different phrases, in case your match has solely taken the HVR1 stage take a look at, and so they solely have a base haplogroup of J, you then’ll solely see them, and their haplogroup J, in your HVR1 match web page. If they’ve examined at the next stage and also you match them on the HVR1 stage, you’ll see probably the most particular haplogroup doable as decided by the extent they examined.

The (default) match web page exhibits your matches on the highest-level take a look at you have examined. In my case, that’s the “HVR1, HVR2, Coding Area” as a result of I’ve taken the complete sequence take a look at which checks the whole mitochondria.

On the full sequence stage match web page, I’ll solely see individuals who match me on the identical prolonged haplogroup. In my case, that’s J1c2f.

Viewing your matches’ Earliest Recognized Ancestor exhibits the place their ancestors had been situated, which gives clues as to the place your widespread haplogroup was discovered on this planet at the moment. Primarily based on these outcomes, the geographic distribution, what you recognize about your personal ancestors, and the way far again in time, your matches’ data could also be an vital clue about your personal ancestry.

Usually, the nearer your matches, that means the less mutations distinction, the nearer in time you share a standard ancestor. I say “typically,” as a result of mutations don’t occur on a time schedule and might occur in any technology.

The variety of mutations is proven within the column “Genetic Distance.” Genetic Distance is the variety of mutations distinction between you and your match. So a 3 within the GD column means 3 mutations distinction. A GD of 0 is an actual match. On the HVR1 and HVR2 ranges, no genetic distance is supplied as a result of solely precise matches are proven at these ranges.

The little blue pedigree icons on the Matches web page point out individuals who have created or uploaded bushes. You’ll undoubtedly need to check out these. Typically you’ll uncover that your matches have added extra generations of their tree than is proven within the Earliest Recognized Ancestor area.

Is Taking the Full Sequence Take a look at Essential?

Why is taking the complete sequence take a look at vital? my HVR1 matches, under, gives the right instance.

This exhibits my first 4 HVR1-only matches. In different phrases, these individuals match me on a small subset of my mitochondrial DNA. About 1000 areas of the entire 16,569 are examined within the HVR1 area. You possibly can see that using the HVR1 area, solely, the individuals I match precisely in that area have completely different prolonged, or full haplogroups, assigned when taking the complete sequence take a look at.

Crystal and Katherine have each taken the complete sequence take a look at as indicated by FMS (full mitochondrial sequence,) and they’re each haplogroup J1c2f, however Peter is haplogroup J1c2g – a special haplogroup.

Peter is proven as an actual match to me on the HVR1 stage, however he has a special full haplogroup, so he received’t be proven as a match on the HVR1/HVR2/Coding Area (full sequence) stage.

Crystal and Katherine will match me on the full sequence stage if we now have three or fewer mutations distinction in whole.

Susan has solely examined to the HVR1 stage, so she will be able to solely be assigned to haplogroup J from these 1000 areas. That tells us that (not less than) considered one of mutations that defines haplogroup J resides within the HVR1 area.

On the HVR1 matching stage, I’ll be matched with everybody I match precisely as long as they’re in haplogroup J, the widespread denominator haplogroup of everybody at that stage.

If Susan had been to check on the full sequence stage, she would acquire a full haplogroup and I’d proceed to match her on the full sequence stage if she is haplogroup J1c2f and matches me with three or fewer mutations distinction. On the full sequence stage, I’ll solely match individuals who match my haplogroup precisely and match at a genetic distance of 0, 1, 2 or 3.

Now, let’s have a look at the Ancestral Origins tab.

Ancestral Origins

The Ancestral Origins tab is organized by Nation inside match stage. Within the instance above, I’ve proven precise matches or GD=0.

The match whole on the Ancestral Origins tab exhibits the variety of individuals whose ancestors had been from numerous areas – as entered by the testers.

The commonest locations for my full sequence precise matches are in Norway and Sweden. That’s fascinating as a result of my ancestor was present in Germany within the 1600s.

There’s additionally a feedback column, to the suitable, not proven right here, which can maintain further data of curiosity similar to “Ashkenazi” or “Sicily” or “Canary Islands.”

The Nation Whole column is fascinating too as a result of it tells you the way many individuals are within the database who’ve indicated that location as ancestral. The Match Share column is just about irrelevant until your haplogroup is extraordinarily uncommon.

Matches Map

The matches map falls into the “image is value 1000 phrases class.”

That is the map of the earliest identified matrilineal ancestor areas of my full sequence matches.

My ancestor is the white pin in Germany. Pink=precise match, orange=1 mutation distinction, yellow=2 mutations distinction. I’ve no GD=3 matches displaying.

By clicking on any pin, you may see further details about the ancestor of the tester.

You too can choose an possibility on the map to view decrease testing ranges, similar to my HVR1 matches proven under.

Whereas some individuals are tempted to disregard the HVR1 or HVR2 Matches Maps, I don’t.

If the query you’re making an attempt to reply is the place your haplogroup got here from, viewing the map of the place individuals are situated who could match you extra distantly in time is beneficial. Whereas we all know for certain that a few of these individuals have completely different full haplogroups, we additionally know that they’re all members of haplogroup J plus some subclade. Due to this fact, these matches shared a standard haplogroup J ancestor.

J subgroups are clearly European however some are present in Anatolia, the trail out of Africa to Europe, though that could possibly be a operate of back-migration.

When taking a look at match maps, preserve two issues in thoughts:

  • The data is supplied by testers. It’s doable for them to misconceive what is supposed by offering the data for his or her earliest identified “direct maternal ancestor.” I can’t inform you what number of male names I’ve seen right here. Clearly, the tester misunderstood the aim and what was being requested – as a result of males don’t move mitochondrial DNA to their offspring. Test the pins for surnames that appear to suit the pin location, and that pins have been precisely positioned.
  • Testing bias. In different phrases, a number of individuals have examined within the US as in comparison with Europe, and doubtless extra individuals within the UK than say, Turkey. Testing remains to be unlawful in France.

Haplogroup Origins

Whereas the Ancestral Origins tab is organized by the areas of your matches ancestors, the Haplogroup Origins tab is concentrated in your haplogroup by match stage solely.

In lots of instances, the numbers will match your Ancestral Origins precisely, however for different take a look at ranges, the numbers will probably be completely different.

For instance, on the HVR1/HVR2 stage, I can simply see at a look the areas the place my haplogroup is discovered, and the variety of my matches in these numerous areas.

This web page is reflective of the place the haplogroup itself is discovered, based on your matches.

There could also be different individuals with the identical haplogroup that you simply don’t match and received’t be mirrored on this web page.  We’ll see them both in initiatives or on the Public Mitochondrial Tree in following sections.

Migration Map

The migration map tab exhibits the trail between Mitochondrial Eve who lived in African about 145,000 years in the past and your haplogroup right this moment. For haplogroups J, Eve’s descendant left African and traveled by means of the Center East and on into Southwest Asia earlier than turning left and migrating all through Europe.

Clearly, the overwhelming majority of this migration occurred earlier than family tree, however not all, otherwise you wouldn’t be right here right this moment.

Hundreds of my ancestors introduced my mitochondrial DNA from Africa by means of Anatolia, by means of Europe, to Scandinavia, and again to Germany – then on to the US the place it continued being handed on for 5 extra generations earlier than reaching me.

Extra Options – Different Instruments

In your private web page, scroll down under your Mitochondrial DNA outcomes space and also you’ll see Public Haplotrees below the Different Instruments tab.

This tree is obtainable to FamilyTreeDNA clients in addition to the general public.

Public Mitochondrial DNA Haplotree

The general public mitochondrial haplotree supplied by FamilyTreeDNA contains location data and is obtainable to everybody, buyer or not, at no cost. Please word that solely full sequence outcomes had been used to assemble this tree, so partial outcomes, that means haplogroups of people that examined on the HVR1/2 ranges solely, should not included as a result of the haplogroup can’t be refined at that stage.

When you’ve acquired a haplogroup from a special take a look at at one other vendor, you need to use this public software to acquire location data. FamilyTreeDNA has the only largest repository of mitochondrial checks on this planet, having examined clients for 21 years, and so they have made this tree with location data out there for everybody.

In case you are a buyer, you may register and entry this tree out of your account, above.

When you entry the haplotree on this method, make sure to choose the mtDNA tree, not the Y DNA tree which is the default.

Or you may merely entry the mtDNA the identical means as the general public, under.

Go to the primary FamilyTreeDNA web page by clicking here.

On the primary web page, scroll to the very backside – sure, simply preserve scrolling.

On the very backside, within the footer, you’ll see “Neighborhood.” (Trace, should you don’t see Neighborhood on the very backside of this web page, you’re in all probability signed in to your account.)

Click on on “mtDNA Haplotree.”

Subsequent, you’ll see the start, or root, of the mitochondrial DNA tree, with the RSRS on the high of the web page. The tree construction and haplogroups are defined at Phylotree Build 17, here. All the foremost daughter haplogroups, similar to “J,” are displayed beneath or you may choose them throughout the highest.

Enter the haplogroup identify within the “Department Identify” area within the higher proper. For me, that’s J1c2f.

I don’t match the entire J1c2f individuals within the database, as a result of there extra whole nation designations proven right here (82) than I’ve full sequence matches with areas supplied (50 from my Ancestral Origins web page.)

When you click on on the three dots at proper, you’ll see a Nation Report which gives particulars for this haplogroup and downstream haplogroups, if there are any. I wrote about that, in detail, here.

There aren’t any “J1c2f plus a daughter” haplogroups outlined right this moment, so there may be nothing listed downstream.

Nonetheless, that’s not all the time the case. There could also be a downstream clade that you simply’re not a member of, that means you don’t carry that haplogroup-defining mutation.

Or, you could have examined someplace that gives you with a partial haplogroup, so that you don’t know when you’ve got a subclade or not. You possibly can nonetheless glean helpful data from partial haplogroups.

Partial Haplogroups From Autosomal Exams

There’s nothing “incorrect” with partial haplogroups. It’s good to know not less than some historical past about your matrilineal ancestry. What you don’t obtain, in fact, other than matching, is more moderen, genealogical, data.

Each 23andMe and LivingDNA present autosomal clients with partial mitochondrial haplogroups. Each of those distributors are usually correct so far as they go, versus different distributors, who shall stay unnamed, which can be typically inaccurate.

Autosomal checks don’t particularly take a look at the mitochondrial DNA straight like a full sequence mitochondrial DNA take a look at does, however they do use “probes” that scan particular haplogroup defining areas. After all, every of the autosomal chips has a finite variety of areas and each location that’s used for both mitochondrial or Y DNA haplogroups is an area the distributors can’t use for autosomal areas.

Due to this fact, clients obtain partial haplogroups.

In my case, I’ve acquired J1c at LivingDNA and J1c2 at 23andMe.

Each distributors present fundamental details about your haplogroup, together with migration maps. Wikipedia additionally gives fundamental haplogroup data. Google is your good friend – “mitochondrial haplogroup J Wikipedia.”

DNA Tasks

Most haplogroups have a DNA venture at FamilyTreeDNA. Word that these initiatives are administered by volunteers, so your mileage will fluctuate when it comes to participant grouping, together with whether or not or not outcomes or maps are displayed. You possibly can simply google for “mitochondrial haplogroup J DNA venture at FamilyTreeDNA” and also you’ll discover the venture or maybe a number of initiatives to pick from. Some haplogroups have a foremost “J” venture and maybe a subproject, like “J1c,” for instance.

You possibly can be a part of the venture, both from this web page should you’ve examined at FamilyTreeDNA, or out of your private web page by way of the “myProjects” tab on the high of your private web page.

When you’re on the lookout for public haplogroup data, click on on “DNA Outcomes.”

If the Haplogroup J DNA testers have joined this venture, approved displaying their leads to initiatives, and supplied ancestor data, it is possible for you to to see that on the “Outcomes” web page. Tasks are sometimes grouped by haplogroup subgroup. Please word that the default web page show measurement is 25, so scroll to the underside to see what number of pages are within the venture. Multiply that quantity occasions 25 (182 pages whole X 25 = 4550) and alter the web page show measurement to that quantity (4550, on this case.)

One of the crucial helpful instruments for haplogroup discovery is the venture map which provides the identical subgroups because the venture groupings.

You possibly can choose “All” on the dropdown to show the areas of the earliest identified ancestors of everybody on this haplogroup venture, or you may choose a subclade. This map is displaying haplogroup J1c2 for instance of my partial haplogroup.

The Public Mitochondrial Tree and Patrial Haplogroups

To search out extra complete data for partial haplogroups, I can use the free mitochondrial tree at FamilyTreeDNA. Whereas initiatives solely replicate data for individuals who have joined these explicit initiatives, the tree gives extra complete data.

Anybody with a partial haplogroup can nonetheless be taught a terrific deal. Like with any haplogroup, you may view the place tester’s ancestors lived on this planet.

On this case, it doesn’t matter whether or not I’m taking a look at partial haplogroups J1c or J1c2, there are numerous subgroups that I might doubtlessly belong to.

In actual fact, haplogroup J1c has subclades by means of J1c17, so there are pages and pages of haplogroup subclade candidates.

Does a Full Haplogroup Actually Matter?

How a lot distinction can there be? Is J1c or J1c2 adequate? Good questions.

It relies upon – on what you wish to know.

  • For basic curiosity, maybe.
  • For family tree, no.

Genealogists want probably the most granular outcomes doable to acquire probably the most data doable. You don’t know what you don’t know. However how a lot may that be, other than full sequence matches?

There’s a big distinction within the nation particulars of haplogroup J1c, J1c2 and J1c2f. I created a chart of the highest 10 areas, and the way many individuals’s ancestors are discovered there for J1c, J1c2, and J1c2f.

Wow, that’s a giant distinction.

How precisely do J1c and J1c2 outcomes replicate the areas in my full J1c2f haplogroup? I color-coded the outcomes and eliminated the areas from J1c and J1c2 that aren’t mirrored in J1c2f.

Because it seems, the 5 most frequent areas in J1c and the highest 3 areas in J1c2 aren’t even within the high 10 of J1c2f. Acquiring a full haplogroup is vital.

Present and Previous Populations

It’s value noting that the place a present inhabitants is discovered just isn’t all the time indicative of the place an ancestral inhabitants was discovered.

After all, with family tree, we will look again just a few generations by seeing the place the ancestors of our shut and distant matches had been discovered.

My earliest identified ancestor is present in a wedding document in 1647 in Wirbenz, Germany when she was 26 years previous. Nonetheless, the vast majority of my precise mitochondrial DNA matches should not present in Germany, and even in Europe, however in Scandinavia. I’m certain there’s a narrative there to be advised, probably associated to the Thirty Years’ Conflict which started in 1618 and devastated Germany. The early German data the place she lived had been destroyed.

Even within the abbreviated genealogical timeframe the place data and surnames exist, as in comparison with the historical past of mankind and womankind, we will see examples of inhabitants migration and shift with climate, warfare, and alternative.

We will’t peer additional again in time, not less than not with out historical DNA, besides by a mix of basic historical past, haplogroup inference, and noting the place branching from our mom clade occurred.

We all know that individuals transfer. Typically populations had been small and the whole inhabitants moved to a brand new location.

Typically, the whole inhabitants didn’t transfer, the however descendants of the migrating group survived to take DNA checks, whereas the inhabitants remaining within the unique location has no present-day descendants.

Typically descendants of each teams survived.

After all, all through historical past, mutations continued to happen in all traces, forming new genetic branches – haplogroups.

Thank goodness they did, as a result of mutations, or lack thereof, are extremely vital clues to family tree in addition to being our breadcrumbs again into the mists of distant time. These haplogroup-defining mutations are the umbilical wire that permits us to attach with these distant ancestors.

These instruments, particularly used collectively, are one of the simplest ways to reply the query, “The place did my Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup Come From?”

The place did your haplogroup come from?



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