U6 mtDNA

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Boni Vega Boni Vega has a question!
October 13 @ 10:32am
Hello. I tested with LivingDNA and my mtDNA came out as u6a3b. My maternal grandmother and her ancestors were from Galicia, in North Western Spain, at least as far back as 1600's. There maybe Sephardic and Portuguese ancestry in that side of my family (last name Da Pereyra). But according to what I have read this mtDNA haplotype is of Berber origine and could have been brought to the Iberian Peninsula by the Moorish Invaders in the 8th C. I also uploaded my autosomal results to My Heritage website and I get quite a few jewish matches, many among French jews of Algerian ancestry. So my questions is: Could U6a3b be a North African Jewish marker?
Alejandra Jarabo
October 27 @ 2:44pm
In the study" Echoes from Sepharad, signatures on the maternal gene-pool of crypto-jewish descendants", the most common MT group was H1. The few subclaves of U were: U2e1a1, U5a1a1, and one U6d. Those samples were taken in Argonzuelo, Bragança, Carçao, and Vilarinho dos Gallegos. Another way of expanding MT-results of possible sephardic descend are tests from people with roots in New Spain during colonial times. The sephardic presence in those populations is also important: they also show jewish sephardic markers in their autosomal tests.
Boni Vega
December 13 @ 1:35am
Thank you Alejandra. I build a tree and I was able to go as far back to 1616 and that side of my family was from the area of between Monforte de Lemos and Castroverde.
Boni Vega
December 13 @ 1:38am
I read there was an important Sephardic community in that area but who knows. The thing is my mtDNA is U6a3b which is identified more commonly as being Berber. But it also looks like whole Berber tribes were actually Jew.
Alejandra Jarabo
February 20 @ 10:28pm
yes, Berber tribes converted to Judaism and then crossed to Spain, after the Omeyan invasion, as the situation for jews in Spain was more favorable than in the North of Africa at the time. Sephardic jews usually have a high North African component. Do you get Sephardic markers, in the autosomal test?
Deb Cruze Deb Cruze
July 4 @ 6:19pm
Hi, My mtDNA group is U6a7a and my mother and cousins are U6a7a1. I joined the group for this but there's no activity. Anyone on here belong to this grouping? Thanks. Deb
Michael Ann Petritis Molander
July 11 @ 1:53pm
I am U6a7a1 and have exact matches in UK, US, Algeria...
Katy Maloney
July 23 @ 2:32am
I'm U6a7a1a, which is called the "Acadian cluster". The recent origin traces back to two Acadian Lejeune sisters, originating from France. Their mother likely carried a unique mutation that her daughters brought to the New World. The whole U6 subclade has origins in iberomaurusian populations in North Africa some thousands of years ago, with matches to native populations in the Canary Islands, but the U6a7 is a predominantly European clade. U6a7a1b has links to Sephardic jeweish populations. U6a7a1 doesn't have specific geographical or ethnic origins, but current phylogeny places it at 4700 yo. For comparison, the Acadian Cluster is only 500yo, and the U6a1 subclade goes as far as 18,600yo. What is your oldest known maternal ancestor?
Denise Stark
January 2 @ 4:34pm
Me :)
Gisèle Hachey
February 20 @ 6:16am
I am acadian, I 'am also U6a7a1, my daughter as well ;) not confirmed U6a7a1a or b. I have ancestors in Scotland, Wales, France, Brittany, Italy, Morocco, etc. I found a 2nd cousin in Algeria and I have to say etc. I'm wondering if our ancestor of the Acadian cluster really arrived in the mi 1600's. Or was she a descendant of ealier visitors. Just romantic I suppose.
Emmanuel Tooulou Emmanuel Tooulou
September 6 @ 8:39am
I've just completed a detailed family tree and can identify 52 living family members (male and female) across four generations that are classified as U6a3e. 38 of them live in Rhodes Greece, 11 in Adelaide Australia and 3 in Salt Lake City Utah. Would testing a few of them across various genetic distances (siblings, 3rd cousins etc) be of any value?
Boni Vega
December 13 @ 1:40am
Greece was a main destination for the Sephardic diaspora out of Spain and Portugal in the 16th C.
Emmanuel Tooulou
January 10 @ 4:50am
I've managed to trace back this line to approx 1800 where the surname was Saldaci, which I believe is a Spanish family name
Boni Vega Boni Vega has a question!
December 13 @ 1:55am
Any U6a3b out there?
Robert Dupree
December 31 @ 6:20am
Yes. I have two exact matches among 13 total matches. I was able to connect the one and we were able to identify our common ancestor. In 23andMe, I found another U6A3 and we determined that he also has the same common ancestor. I have not been able to trace the other exact match to a common ancestor.
Boni Vega
January 3 @ 6:51pm
Sorry I did not see your reply until now.
Boni Vega
January 3 @ 6:52pm
Are any of your known ancestors from Spain or Portugal?
Robert Dupree Robert Dupree
March 8, 2016 @ 7:43am
Bernard, I am U6a3b which seems to be shared with only 6 people in the data base. I have a unique value in my coding region at position 6347 which is C instead of the CR reference value if T. Has any additional information been forthcoming since my mtdna was analyzed that may shed additional light on my origins?
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Robert Dupree
April 24, 2016 @ 11:54am
My closest matches had ancestors from the British Isles (Scotland, Ireland and England). My closest match is one genetic distance from me.
Boni Vega
December 13 @ 1:55am
I am also U6a3b. My mothers family is from Galicia in Northwest Spain. It is supposed to be more common among certain North African Berbers but recently I found that there is certainly a presence all along the western Atlantic fringe including Ireland and Western Great Britain up to Scotland. This truly is a mystery. Could it be a marker of the megalithic peoples that inhabited that whole area long ago?
Robert Dupree
December 31 @ 6:34am
The PBS series Poldark involves the tin and copper mines in Cornwall. Those deposits were known in the Bronze Age. The Phoenicians and Carthaginians probably mined them. That may provide one explanation as to how U6A3b arrived in the British Isles. Cheddar Man's mtdna was U5b1 and dates to the Mesolithic Era. Recent publications show that he was likely dark skinned.
Robert Dupree
December 31 @ 6:38am
As of today, I have 13 matches of which two are exact, five are 1 genetic distance. five are two genetic distances and 1 is three genetic distances. I have another match in 23andMe who shares the same known common ancestor as one of my exact matches.
Christopher Armstrong Christopher Armstrong
April 9, 2019 @ 11:57am
If any African Americans are apart of this group, Can you please list your surnames, location, and haplogroups specific to U6A? I'm doing some family and general history research. I'm from Michigan And mine is U6a3.
Jessica Brown
July 28 @ 8:59pm
Greetings, my haplogroup is U6a3f2. I have cousins in Nigeria, near the border with Cameroon, who are U6a5. My great grandmother's maiden name was Reeder.
Marsha Gilliam
August 2 @ 11:52pm
Shalum, Christophe and Brown, My name is Marsha Chidinma Sampon I am the administrator of my 96 y/o paternal African American aunt's account. Her haplogroup is U6a3f with these ethnicity estimates Ethnicity Estimate, Locations are Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples 63% Benin/Togo 15% Mali 8% England, Wales & Northwestern Europe 6% Africa South-Central Hunter-Gatherers 3% Ivory Coast/Ghana 2% Nigeria 2% France1% Some of her surnames are Richardson, White, Bell, Carter, Jones, Roundtree, Smith, Gray, Haywood, Bythewood, Burley, Rucker, Leonard, Sampson
Jessica Brown
November 6 @ 11:02pm
Marsha Gillam.... Jessica Isioma Little here. We spoke about our U6a3f2 mtDNA not long ago. My father's surname was Brown.
Marsha Gilliam
December 19 @ 1:58pm
Hello Jessica, I discovered from Gedmatch.Com "Are Your Parents Related" tool that my parents were related which was confirmed by Professional genealogist CeCe Moore. She stated, that my parents were distant cousins who shared great-great-great-grandparents. Both sides go back to North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and Georgia. I have browns on my father side and a grandfather(Henry Brown, aka Bythewood)
Jourdan Coppage Jourdan Coppage
December 17 @ 3:26pm
I am African-American, and my haplogroup is U6a3c. Just curious as to the possible regional origin of this grouping. I'd always assumed it was either North African , or from areas now in Senegal or Mauritania
Linda Nelson Linda Nelson
March 17, 2019 @ 4:47pm
Im interested to find out what countries are found for U6d3a. I would appreciate any help in this area. Also any sites you can recommend for me to visit to obtain more information. Thanks.
Alejandra Jarabo
August 9 @ 8:47pm
Hi Linda, My maternal line is U6d3a and I have traced it back to the early 1600 in Spain, in the Mediterranean province of Murcia. It is considered to be North African Berber. My oldest surnames are : Manuel and García. My only match, at 3 generations distance is from the area of Bragança, in Portugal. It could come from Iberian Moriscos (muslims), or there is a possibility that would be of Sephardic descent. I got access to some recent MTDNA test of people that claim Sephardic background in Portugal, and there was one U6d from "Argonzuelos" (close to Bragança, North of Portugal), but only one: there are other subclades of U6 that appear more frequently as Sephardic. This is a scientific site but has very specific information on U6: https://bmcevolbiol.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2148-14-109
Boni Vega
December 13 @ 1:46am
Hi Alejandra. I am facing a similar dilema. As I wrote before U6a3b usually appears in mainstream as Berber, so it would make sense it mat be a signature of Morisco origine, but my mothers family traces theirs ancestry to an area that had a strong Sephardic imprint. Also there are still cultural aspects in my family that show a strong correlations to Sephardic crypto jewish traits. My Mom for example has issues with mirrors being around when a family member passes away. It happened this summer when my aunt died.
Manuel Gaona Manuel Gaona
August 25 @ 1:07pm
I am Spanish and my haplogroup is U6d
Manuel Gaona
October 31 @ 9:47pm
Bonares - Huelva (Soa
Manuel Gaona
October 31 @ 9:47pm
Sharon Boissonneault, Carpenter
November 19 @ 3:09am
Manuel, do you have Medeiros, Estrella/Cabral, or Ermelinda in your ancestral surnames?
Manuel Gaona
November 23 @ 10:53pm
J A J A has a question!
July 2 @ 1:35am
I came across an article in the Guardian about DNA tests to confirm Jewishness before issuing some marriage licenses.in Israel.”Yosef Carmel, an Orthodox rabbi and co-head of Eretz Hemdah, a Jerusalem-based institute that trains rabbinical judges for the Rabbinate, ....He explained that the Rabbinate are not using a generalized Jewish ancestry test, but one that screens for a specific variant on the mitochondrial DNA – DNA that is passed down through the mother – that can be found almost exclusively in Ashkenazi Jews.” Anyone know what specific variant on the mitochondrial DNA they are screening for?
July 20 @ 7:36pm
Do you know the four mtDNA haplogroups Karen?
Katy Maloney
July 23 @ 2:00am
The information I found mentions 3 women with distinct haplogroup K signature. "Approximately 32% of people with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry are in haplogroup K. This high percentage points to a genetic bottleneck occurring some 100 generations ago. Ashkenazi mtDNA K clusters into three subclades seldom found in non-Jews: K1a1b1a, K1a9, and K2a2a. Thus it is possible to detect three individual female ancestors, who were thought to be from a Hebrew/Levantine mtDNA pool, whose descendants lived in Europe." The 4th mtDNA line is N1b. This comes from a study done in 2006 by Behar et al., all the info about nucleotide positions and specific mutations are in the article. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1380291/
Sharon Boissonneault, Carpenter
August 25 @ 7:01pm
what about Sephardim....which haplogroups are they?
Karen Smith
September 17 @ 10:23pm
I belong to u6a7a1b which is a Sephardic cluster. However, my maternal grandmother grew up in an Ashkenazi family.