Welcome to the H&HV Project
mtDNA Haplogroups H and HV are Eurasian Haplogroups which likely arose in between West Asia and Central Asia. Branches of H and HV migrated into Europe where H became the dominant maternal lineage while HV remained a much smaller population. H is believed to make up 40-50% of the mtDNA lineages in Western Europe. Much of the research of Human mtDNA only compares mutations in the HVR1 and HVR2 control regions, a smaller but more rapidly changing portion of the mtDNA molecule, which provides a false feeling of sameness to the members of the many subgroups, or clades.
The primary goal of this project is to explore the individual identity of each subclade. We are working to:
- Educate members of this highly successful mtDNA Clade about their shared heritage.
- Build a sense of community.
- Recognize population clusters in the Clade and Subclades.
Altogether, the project has more than 9,000 participants, making it the largest public mtDNA Haplogroup project. We are working together to understand the dynamics of a lineage that has its oldest branches in Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and across Northern Africa yet has a large population from the Iberian peninsula up to Scandinavia.
The main project is meant to be the home of all who have tested as Hs, HVs, or any subclade. Here we sort project members by their branch/sub branch polymorphism sub branch motifs. This places your results beside those project members who are most likely to share ancestry with you in the genealogical time frame. There are also special sub project areas for those who have taken the full Mitochondrial DNA sequence test (commonly called FMS). These are dedicated to the discovering of new subclades and mapping geographic migration patterns.
the new subclades are defined by Family tree DNA members and Gennbank submissions.