This is Rebekah Canada from the H & HV mtDNA Project. 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.
Today, there are:
Total Members 11,969
mtDNA Tested Members 11,529
mtDNA Full Sequence (mtGenome) Tested Members 6,985
Viewing Project Results
There are two ways to view project results. The first is on the project mtDNA results page. This page is private to the project. Therefore, you need to be signed in to your Family Tree DNA account to view it. To view all results, please change the page size from 25 to 12000 (no comma).
The second is our mtDNA maps page. These are based on information that project members have entered about their direct maternal line. One of the most exciting things that we are seeing in the project is that branches under 3,000 years old are often specific to a single country such as Finland or to a group of countries such as Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Next week, we will take a look at the H1a and H1b branches based on these maps. As a quick preview, here are the maps for H1a4 which is British Isles specific, H1a6 found in Ireland, Norway, and Sweden, and H1a7 found in historic Finland.
New Project Co-Administrator
Please welcome Charmaine Holley as a project co-administrator. Charmaine is an active genealogist who divides her time between family history research, her children and grandchildren, and her dogs.
Introduction to mtDNA for Genealogy
I have written a short introduction to mtDNA testing for genealogy. Please post your questions and feedback in our project activity feed. This is the first of several basic articles on mtDNA that I have planned. Your input is much appreciated.
H & HV Branch Frequencies
As an overview, the project has the following frequencies for the major H & HV branches at the mtGenome level. These are not, of course, the same as frequencies for a specific country. In each country, the percentage of H and HV might be anywhere from 2 or 3% to almost 50%. Then the percentage of any one branch might also vary. The numbers below reflect the project and more broadly, mtDNA test takers at Family Tree DNA.
Next week we will take a look at the representation in the project by country.
Rebekah A. Canada (email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) – Volunteer Project Administrator @ Family Tree DNA
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