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Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins

  • H3k1a

    Haplogroup H3k1a is a branch on the maternal tree of humanity.

    People: Places:


Explore your maternal heritage in the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins.

Genetic Genealogy News

Announcement FTDNA Admin GDPR 2: Group Project Updates about the General Data Protection Regulations

Family Tree DNA sent the following information out to project administrators on the 15th. One of the most important changes that is being folded in with the GDPR updates is that new project members will have to change the default setting after they join a project to allow the project administrator to impersonate into their kit. This is important for doing things like downloading the CSV file of BIG Y500 STR results.

  • World Families

Announcement: World Families is Retiring

Terry and Marilyn Barton sent this email out to project administrators this evening. Please join me in thanking them for their many years of service to the genetic genealogy community. This is a message to [...]

Recent Journal Articles

The Paleo-Indian Entry into South America According to Mitogenomes

Recent and compelling archaeological evidence attests to human presence 14.5 ka at multiple sites in South America
and a very early exploitation of extreme high-altitude Andean environments.

Ancient mitogenomes of Phoenicians from Sardinia and Lebanon: A story of settlement, integration, and female mobility

In this study, we investigate the extent of Phoenician integration with the Sardinian communities they settled. We present 14 new ancient mitogenome sequences from pre-Phoenician (~1800 BCE) and Phoenician (~700–400 BCE) samples from Lebanon (n = 4) and Sardinia (n = 10)…

Genomic Analyses of Pre-European Conquest Human Remains from the Canary Islands Reveal Close Affinity to Modern North Africans

The origins and genetic affinity of the aboriginal inhabitants of the Canary Islands, commonly known as Guanches, are poorly understood.

Paleo-Eskimo genetic legacy across North America

Using phylogenetic modelling with allele frequency correlations and rare variation, we present a comprehensive model for the complex peopling of North America.

Latest Posts

  • H & HV mtDNA Project News Issue 2

mtDNA H & HV Project – Weekly Update 17 June 2018

Work continues on updating subgroup names. I now have all subgroups renamed to show their path from HV to the correct branch on the tree. I am now adding the defining variants (sometimes called mutations) for each branch and the age of the branch where known.

  • mtDNA H & HV Project News 6/8/18

mtDNA H & HV Project – Weekly Update 8 June 2018

This is Rebekah Canada from the H & HV mtDNA Project. For those who don't know me, I have included a short biography below. I checked in on the project late last month and soon realized that there were over 5,000 people un-grouped in the project. As Robert A. Heinlein said, the roads must roll. Thus, I am back for a little bit at least. As of today, all project members are now in mtDNA subgroups. I am working to update the names of subgroups to be more useful. When I am done, they will include...

  • Project Privacy Settings Quick Start Guide

FTDNA Project Member Privacy Settings – Quick Start Guide

This is a quick guide to adjusting your privacy settings for project participation at Family Tree DNA. I, personally, take my privacy extremely seriously, and I hope your own seriously too. The new GDPR law in Europe has inspired some positive changes at Family Tree DNA, and there are account settings that need to be adjusted accordingly.

  • MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

Use the MyHeritage Chromosome Browser

MyHeritage has added a chromosome browser to their autosomal DNA matches tool set. The MyHeritage Chromosome Browser is a simple yet elegant browser that allows you to quickly see the DNA you share with each match.