mtDNA Haplogroup I
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Descendants of 'Iris'Hello! We welcome everyone whose mtDNA test results indicate that they belong to Haplogroup I.
Haplogroup I is a West Eurasian haplogroup. It is relatively rare and one of the older mtDNA haplogroups in Europe. It is typically found at a frequency range of 2% to 4%. There are some locations with higher rates, including a small set of isolated populations that exceed 10%. These highest frequencies occur among: (a) the Lemkos in the Carpathian Mountains at 11.3%,1 (b) the inhabitants of Krk Island in the Adriatic Sea at 11.3%,1 and (c) two Cushitic tribes: the Rendilles and Elmolos at 15-20%, currently inhabiting an area of northern Kenya.2 (See references below.) Haplogroup I is a branch of the older macro-haplogroup N.
Research indicates that, in ancient times, haplogroup I was found at higher-than-usual levels among certain populations of Vikings and Danes who belonged to haplogroup I at an average frequency of 13% from the Iron Age to Medieval times. 3,4 (See references below.)
Haplogroup I is undergoing rapid development with many new subclades being discovered. Participation of our project members has contributed significantly to this research. We hope that this project will be useful in the study of the history, migrations, and connections of the various branches. *Links to research articles can be found near the end of this page.
Be assured that your mtDNA coding region results (which comprise the majority of the mtDNA sequence) are NEVER made public by joining this or any other FTDNA project.
Making the Most of Your Full-Sequence Results:
In many cases, our project will be able to assign you to an updated subclade that is not yet included in FTDNA's haplogroup system. When you join this project -- and periodically, thereafter, as the structure of the haplogroup grows -- we will place you in the most refined subclade that we can. To do this, it is necessary to see your full-sequence coding region variants. However, default settings in your account block project administrators from seeing them. In order to evaluate your results (for subclade assignment - for finding potential new subclades - and to communicate with you privately about the results), it would be great if you would adjust the settings on your FTDNA page to allow project administrators to privately view them.
To change this setting:
(1) Log onto your My FTDNA page.
(2) Hover your cursor over your name in the upper right of the page. A list of options will drop down. Click on the option for "Privacy Settings."
(3) On the new page, for the middle category "My DNA Results," locate the third question "Who can view my mtDNA Coding Region Mutations?" To the right of that line, click on the current setting that says "Only You." This will display the names of the projects to which you belong.
(4) Check the box for "I Haplogroup mtDNA" to choose "Show my mtDNA Coding Region Mutations to administrators of these projects."
(5) Save your new setting.
Your Matrilineal Ancestor:
If you have knowledge of your maternal ancestry, we would appreciate it if you would fill in data for your earliest known direct maternal ancestor on your FTDNA page. This ancestor will be female and represents the line of your mother's mother's mother's mother... as far back as you have documentation. To enter this data:
(1) On the left side of your myFTDNA page, in the "Your Account" section, click on "Manage Personal Information," which is in orange text.
(2) Click on "Genealogy."
(3) Next, click on a smaller link for "Most Distant Ancestors."
(4) Enter information for your earliest known direct maternal ancestor. The data that you enter -- preferably name, birth year, and earliest known origin -- will automatically appear in your entry on our members' Results page. If known, please also select the country of origin of your mtDNA line, which is valuable for the study of your branch. If there is room, it's helpful to see that same country listed on the line about your direct maternal ancestor.)
(5) On the right side of the data-entry screen, for the Mapping feature of the project, please add the earliest known country (including the town or village, if known) of your direct maternal ancestry. To clarify: This location is intended to reflect the earliest known origin of your mtDNA line. As an example, if this female ancestor was born in the United States, but her maternal line is known to have come from England, then you would enter England.
(6) Save your information.
Our Project Website Banner:
The tree shown in the banner at the top of the page represents the global mtDNA tree with its many branches of direct maternal lines. The smaller inset photo is an iris flower, representing the shared ancestor of our branch, commonly known as "Iris," the clan mother of Haplogroup I.
Description of Project Website:
In addition to information in the "About" section of the project (which contains "Overview," "Background (this page)," "Results," "Goals," and "News"), the project features a "DNA Results" section with a:
(1) Summary of Members' Results -- displaying ancestor data and HVR1/HVR2 results. On this page, members with mtDNA results are grouped according to their most refined subclade, in accordance with the current version of the official mtDNA tree, known as the PhyloTree.
(2) Map of Our mtDNA Lines. The mapping tool allows you to view the earliest known origins of these lines on a world map. You can select options to view "All" or any subgroup for display on the map. This feature gives indications of the known historical locations for each of the subclades. As our Project grows, this feature will become increasingly meaningful.
Population Size Estimates for Each Subclade!
Dr. Ian Logan has analyzed the population size of each subclade. Below are links to his pages pertaining to Haplogroup I. On each page, you will find Dr. Logan's population estimates underneath a list of sequences submitted to GenBank, so look in the lower section of the page corresponding to the group you wish to see.
Haplogroup I Overview
Subclade I1 / Subclade I1a / Subclade I1b-I1e / Subclade I2 / Subclade I3
Subclade I4 / Subclade I5 / Subclade I6 / Subclade I7
rCRS and RSRS:
As of 2012, there are two different reference sequences used for comparing and reporting mutational differences. These are the rCRS (revised Cambridge Reference Sequence) and the RSRS (Reconstructed Sapiens Reference Sequence). If you find that your results do not exactly match a list of your subclade's defining mutations, it may be due to the presentation of rCRS vs. RSRS mutations. FTDNA provides the option to see either one, but defaults to RSRS, on your personal mtDNA Results page, as well as on our members' Results page. If you choose the option for rCRS values to be displayed, that should clear up any confusion. If not let us know.
Here is an article by Roberta Estes explaining the two reference sequences:
CRS and the RSRS
Additional Project Pages:
You will find links to additional project pages at the top of this page. Please don't miss the Results page of the project, which is especially informative!
A Special Request
Critical Stage for Groundbreaking Y-DNA Research:
Administrator Bonnie Schrack who, years ago, created the very first mtDNA haplogroup project (for Haplogroup I) has shifted her focus to Y-DNA and has spent years researching the earliest branch of Y-DNA that has yet been found: Y-Haplogroup A00. Years of exhaustive research have resulted in many exciting discoveries and strides forward, but the project is now at a critical stage requiring funding by the end of the first week of January 2016 to move forward. Please consider a donation to enable the continuation of this groundbreaking research! Every penny counts! A donation of any size will be greatly appreciated! Here is a link to the project's fundraising page: http://experiment.com/A00west
Reference Links and Quotations:
1 Nikitin, A.; Kochkin, I.; June, C.; Willis, C.; McBain, I.; Yideiko, M.; Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Variation in the Boyko, Hutsul, and Lemko Populations of the Carpathian Highlands. Human Biology: The International Journal of Population Genetics and Anthropology, 81 (1), pp. 43-58. BioOne. http://faculty.gvsu.edu/nikitin/HumBiol_09.pdf. (August 14, 2014)
p. 43: "Genetic studies of the distribution of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) haplogroups in human populations residing within the Carpathian Mountain range have been scarce. We present an analysis of mtDNA haplogroup composition of the Boykos, Hutsuls, and Lemkos, three population groups of the Carpathian highlands...." p. 49: "The Lemko sample also contained the highest frequency of haplogroup I (11.3%) in Europe, identical to that of the population of Krk Island (Croatia) in the Adriatic Sea (Pericic et al. 2005)."
2 National Geographic, "Your Deep Ancestry" - "Maternal Line" - "Branch: I," database, Dr. Spencer Wells, The Genographic Project (https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com ) accessed August 14, 2014), mtDNA Haplogroup I. (August 14, 2014 / Account needed to view data.)
"Today, this lineage occurs in low frequency in populations throughout western Asia and Europe: Pakistan (8.7 percent), Iran (5 percent), Denmark (6 percent), and Scotland (4 percent). In Europe, recurrent migratory events likely reduced its numbers through competition, yet it is found in most European countries, often a[t] frequencies between 1 and 4 percent. In Africa, this haplogroup has been recently identified in small populations from northern Kenya (Rendille and Elmolo) in frequencies between 15 and 20%."
"Among present day Scandinavians Hg I constitutes <2% , , however, we have previously observed a markedly higher frequency (10–20%) of Hg I in Danish Iron Age and Viking Age population samples (TableS3) , . With the observation of Hg I for subject G6 this trend is also seen for the Viking population sample from Galgedil. Interestingly, Hg I shows a low frequency (1 out of 114 subjects) among other ancient populations in Italy, Spain, Great Britain, and early central European farmers , , , ." (Melchior 2008)
* Additional Research Articles that Discuss the Ancient History of our Haplogroup:
Mitogenomes From Two Uncommon Haplogroups Mark Late Glacial/Postglacial Expansions From the Near East and Neolithic Dispersals Within Europe
The Arabian Cradle: Mitochondrial Relicts of the First Steps Along the Southern Route Out of Africa
* mtDNA Data of an Egyptian Mummy Who Qualifies to Join Our Project!
MitoSearch Account Page of an Egyptian Mummy (born 402 B.C.) who belongs to mtDNA Haplogroup I2
Martha Jane (Schliesser) Hicks 2013/2014/2015
mtDNA Haplogroup I Project: Background by Martha Jane (Schliesser) Hicks is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.