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Age: 11,075.5 ± 3,725.2; CI=95% (Behar et al., 2012b)
Origin: West Asia
Mutations: C6528T A15775G
FTDNA Tree: Link
Parent Branch: W
Descendant branch(s): W5a W5b


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).

National Geographic Geno 2.0 Text

Haplogroup: W5
Age: To Be Determined
Origin: West Asia
Blurb: This point in your ancestors’ journey began in West Asia. From there, members of this lineage traveled toward Europe. Their exact path of entry is unknown, but the higher frequency of this rare lineage in Portugal and along the Western European coast suggests a coastal migration path.

Today, this line is most common in Belgium, where it is about 2 percent of maternal lineages. It is about 1 percent of the population in Austria, the Netherlands, and Portugal.

Author: Rebekah A. Canada | Copyright: National Geographic

mtDNA Haplogroup W5 Phylotree History

Phylotree.org is the maternal (mtDNA) tree of humanity. It is maintained by Dr. Mannis Van Oven. Each build is a major update to the tree. The current build is #17.

Build# Called Mutations Notes
03 W5 6528 15775 Released 1 Mar 2009
04 W5 6528 15775 Released 10 May 2009
05 W5 6528 15775 Released 8 Jul 2009
06 W5 6528 15775 Released 28 Sep 2009
07 W5 6528 15775 Released 10 Nov 2009
08 W5 6528 15775 Released 21 Mar 2010
09 W5 6528 15775 Released 20 Jun 2010
10 W5 6528 15775 Released 10 Aug 2010
11 W5 6528 15775 Released 7 Feb 2011
12 W5 6528 15775 Released 20 Jul 2011
13 W5 6528 15775 Released 28 Dec 2011; Last Build to use the rCRS
14 W5 C6528T A15775G Released 5 Apr 2012; First version to use the RSRS
15 W5 C6528T A15775G Released 30 Sep 2012
16 W5 C6528T A15775G Released 19 Feb 2014
17 W5 C6528T A15775G Released 18 Feb 2016

mtDNA Haplogroup W5 Data Sources

GenBank Samples

GenBank is a database of genetic sequence data. It is run by the United States National Institute of Health. It serves as the main repository for mtDNA full sequence profiles. Samples come both from published academic literature and donations from genetic genealogy community members. In addition to GenBank samples, listings below may include other samples published but not submitted to GenBank such as those from the HapMap project.

Note: GenBank results currently use Phylotree build 16. I am working on changing resuts over to build 17.

Hg IDPublicationMissing VariantsAdditional Variants
Hap5001270 Behar et al., 2012b none W5:58, 61, 62T, 63, 64G, 66C, 195, 315.1C, 8618, 9809, 11696, 16093Y
Hap5002641 Behar et al., 2012b W5:16311 W5:61, 62T, 63, 64G, 315.1C, 515C, 7609, 11696
Hap5007361 Greenspan et al., 2006 - 2016 none W5:58, 61, 62T, 63, 64G, 66C, 315.1C, 334, 9909, 11696
Hap5013663 Raule et al., 2014 none W5:58, 61, 62T, 63, 64G, 66C, 195, 315.1C, 8618, 9165, 9809, 11696
Hap5020988 Derenko et al., 2013 none W5:200, 309.1C, 315.1C, 523-524d, 3316, 12501, 16223
Hap5021248 Olivieri et al., 2013 none W5:309.1C, 315.1C, 1119, 5351, 15936

Geno 2.0 Data

Data from Geno 2.0 is derived from the The National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project — the DAR. The Hg ID is specific to this site and is used to protect the identities of those who take part in Genographic research. Birth Country, Mother's Birth Country, and Maternal Grandmother's Birth Country have been normalized from DAR database fields. The Maternal Origin is determined based on the three previous fields.

Note: Geno 2.0 results currently use Phylotree build 16. I am working on changing resuts over to build 17.

Hg IDBirth
Birth Country
Maternal Grandmother's
Birth Country
Hap10099346United StatesUnited StatesPortugalPortugal
Hap10099347United StatesUnited StatesRussiaRussia
Hap10099348United StatesUnited StatesRussiaRussia
Hap10099350AustraliaUnited KingdomUnited KingdomUnited Kingdom
Hap10099351United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099352United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099353United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099354United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099355United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099356United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099357United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099358United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099359United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099360United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099361United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099362United StatesUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099363UnspecifiedUnited StatesUnited StatesUnited States
Hap10099365United StatesUnited StatesUnspecifiedUnited States
Hap10099366United StatesUnited StatesUnspecifiedUnited States
Hap10099367United StatesUnspecifiedUnspecifiedUnited States

If you use the information in this table, please credit both this site and The National Geographic Society’s Genographic Project.

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Last Updated: Last updated: August 29, 2018 at 14:54 pm

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