Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins

  • W5

    Haplogroup W5 is a branch on the maternal tree of human kind. Its age is between 7,400 and 14,800 years (Behar et al., 2012b).

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Explore your maternal heritage in the Encyclopedia of mtDNA Origins.


Latest Posts

  • 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.

Y-DNA Genealogy Tools & Resources

The following is a brief list of tools and resources to help genetic genealogy using Y-chromosome DNA. A copy of this list is also in the files section of the Y-DNA - Applied Genealogy & Paternal Origins group on Facebook.

Project Updates

  • New England Colonist - Cuckoos Farm

New England Colonist Weekly Update – 18 Sep 2018

Now that we are past the FTDNA summer sale, I will return to weekly project updates. This weeks' are pretty exciting. Martin Hendrix has joined the project as a co-administrator. He is helping to update Y-DNA and mtDNA chart subgrouping.

  • Nordic Y-DNA - 4 July

Nordic Y-DNA Weekly News – 10 Aug 2018

Hello Everyone, The project continues to grow, and it is wonderful to see geographic discoveries begin to come forward. This weeks find was made by Harald Alvestrand. Below are the counts for each major Y-DNA [...]

  • Q-M242 - 10 July

Q-M242 Weekly Update – 10 July 2018

This week's newsletter will cover the project's most recent published paper, the Q-L804 and Q-L527 branches, and new SNP Packs being developed by Family Tree DNA for Q-L804 and Q-L527.

  • H & HV mtDNA Project - 5 July.

mtDNA H & HV Project – Weekly Update 5 July 2018

I am going to keep things short this week, because I think the one topic I am covering is really important for us to understand. I am looking at the country of origin data for the project. This shows one of the limitations of the project and the FTDNA matching database.

Featured Pages

Celebrity DNA

It is increasingly common for public figures and other famous people, celebrities, to DNA test. This is often done for TV shows such as Who Do You Think You Are and Finding Your Roots.

Ancient DNA

Ancient DNA (aDNA) is the DNA of anyone who has been dead for more than 50 years. The name sounds like it should only include really old samples or pre-historic people. However, the methods used to get ancient DNA results apply to most people who have been dead for more than a few years.

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates

Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an American documentary style TV show. The host is historian Dr. Henry Louis Gate Jr. The first episode was shown Mar 25, 2012. So far, there have been four seasons of the program. A fifth season in 2019 is planned.

mtDNA Testing for Genetic Genealogy

An mtDNA test (mitochondrial DNA test) is used for maternal genealogy. MtDNA is passed from a mother to her children. Thus, it traces a direct maternal line. Both men and women can take mtDNA tests.

Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS)

There are two major styles of narcissists. The first are the classic boasters. These are overt narcissists. The second are the quiet ones who are hurt and offended by just about everything. This is the covert narcissist. This quiz is for the second personality trait.

Overt Narcissism Quiz

There are two major styles of narcissists. The first are the classic boasters. She may also be the chick at the gym whose eyes never leave her own reflection. This quiz is about the first type.

Revealing the impact of the Caucasus region on the genetic legacy of Romani people from genome-wide data

Contribution of the Caucasus and further affected regions to the ancestry of Roma was investigated based on genome-wide autosomal marker data. 158 European Roma samples and 41 populations from the Caucasus region, from Middle East, Central Asia and from South Asia were considered in our tests.

Challenging the European southern refugium hypothesis: species specific structures vs. general patterns of genetic diversity and differentiation among small mammals

In contrast to the traditional southern refugial hypotheses, we found no evidence for a consistent south-north post-glacial expansion.

Mitogenome Diversity in Sardinians: A Genetic Window onto an Island's Past

Sardinians are “outliers” in the European genetic landscape and, according to paleogenomic nuclear data, the closest to early European Neolithic farmers.

500 Years Later: Understanding the Genetic Ancestry of the Southeast Region, Brazil

In preliminary analyzes with X-INDELs in samples from São Paulo, we found the following ancestral proportions: 29.4% African, 49.7% European and 20.9% Native American.

Mitochondrial genomes reveal an east to west cline of steppe ancestry in Corded Ware populations

From around 4,000 to 2,000 BC the forest-steppe north-western Pontic region was occupied by people who shared a nomadic lifestyle, pastoral economy and barrow burial rituals.

Prehistoric migrations through the Mediterranean basin shaped Corsican Y-chromosome diversity

This study included 321 samples from men throughout Corsica; samples from Provence and Tuscany were added to the cohort.