U6 mtDNA

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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?
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J A
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.
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?
Manuel Gaona Manuel Gaona
August 25 @ 1:07pm
I am Spanish and my haplogroup is U6d
Sharon Boissonneault, Carpenter
August 25 @ 6:38pm
Hi Manuel, my name is Sharon and I am U6d1. Do you have your ancestors listed on the FTDNA site?
Sharon Boissonneault, Carpenter
August 25 @ 6:39pm
my grandmother was born in the Azores
Sharon Boissonneault, Carpenter
August 25 @ 6:40pm
Florinda Medeiros was her name....her mother was Maria Da Estrella
Linda Nelson Linda Nelson
March 17 @ 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
Diva Nunes Diva Nunes
June 8 @ 6:38am
Hi Everyone. My name is Edward writing on behalf of my paternal grandmother. She's mainly of Portuguese descent and is predicted as belonging to U6a group. She has only 4 matches. Three of them have FMS and are predicted as U6a3e. I was wondering what would be the benefits to upgrade her test to FMS? Her maternal grandmother is a brickwall to me. Would FMS help me anyway? Thanks in advance for your answers and opinion.
Emmanuel Tooulou
June 8 @ 10:08am
Hey Edward. It all depends on what you're looking for and how close the genetic distance of the matches. You won't know until you test. BTW, I'm a fellow U6a3e, born in Greece, with matches originating from Portugal.
A Sarr
June 11 @ 5:01pm
Okay my mother haplogroup u6 a3
Antonio L Pereira de Matos
August 6 @ 2:54pm
Hi Edward. Where were your paternal grandmother´ female line ancestors from in Portugal? My father's maternal grandmother was born in Porto, Portugal, and she was (because my father - in behalf of whom I am writing - is) U6a3e. I think it would be beneficial to investigate further which subhaplogroup within U6a your grandmother belongs to. Tiago
Diva Nunes
August 9 @ 6:29pm
Olá, Tiago. Obrigado pela sua mensagem. A ancestral mais distante na linha materna directa da minha avó seria a sua bisavó Jacinta Maria Castilho, sobre a qual não consegui descobrir, absolutamente, nada. Ela faleceu em 1887, época em que só havia os registos paroquiais, no Brasil. Essa Jacinta teve 4 ou 5 filhos com o mesmo homem. Mas, por um motivo que desconheço, jamais foram casados. A família da minha avó era toda radicada em Paranaguá e Antonina, litoral do Estado do Paraná, Sul do Brasil. A maioria dos "matches" da minha avó tem origem nos Açores. Através de documentos, consegui descobrir que ela, de facto, tem ancestrais dos Açores e Madeira. Mas, infelizmente, nada sei sobre a família da tal Jacinta Castilho, ancestral da qual minha avó paterna herdou o haplogrupo U6a (possivelmente U6a3e).
Christopher Armstrong Christopher Armstrong
April 9 @ 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.
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Christopher Armstrong
June 13 @ 3:10am
Stella, u6a3c Is found In Ghana
Rodriquez Elmore
July 17 @ 2:45pm
Hello Christopher - according to 23&me I'm U6a3. I have just ordered the full mt upgrade here at FTNDA to find out more about it. My mother is an Elmore born in GA, her mother a Mathews also from Georgia, her mother a Dean born 1912 in GA, her mother a Cousins born 1874 in Georgia, her mother a Rosser born 1850 in Georgia and her mother a Phillips born 1838 (place unknown). All of these have been confirmed via autosomal DNA matches.
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
Patrice Veilleux Roth Patrice Veilleux Roth
January 30 @ 8:51am
Monsieur Sécher, I have not been part of the group or checked this site for a long time as our lives changed a bit when we moved to Florida and started a new horse farm. My apologies. o this morning I was having my coffee while reading Science Daily and a study, titled "Mitochondrial ancestry of Medieval individuals carelessly interred in a multiple burial from Southeastern Romania" caught my eye.
Patrice Veilleux Roth
January 30 @ 8:55am
oops..so as I was reading I was quite astonished to see one of the individuals was a U6a1a1. I can't remember if the last 2 digits are the same as mine but I thought of you and how you have been studying this and might be interested in the links to two founding Acadian sisters.
Katy Maloney
July 23 @ 2:42am
The acadian sisters were U6a7a1a, not U6a1a1.
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
Karen Smith
July 6 @ 11:23pm
I'm u6a7a1b
A Sarr
July 9 @ 6:04pm
My mum is u63a
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?
Lyda Stone Lyda Stone
July 17 @ 11:43am
on behalf of my paternal aunt -haplogroup is U6a3-G185A. Her closest match of 0 distance is a Lawson. This is how I think her line goes but past the pruitt it is just a guess and matches from family finder test. She is a Maxey - her mother is a Reeves (Arkansas) then Mahaney(Missouri) Pruitt or a variation there of (Missouri) - according to matches I think her mother is a Lawson and then her mother is a Cross. She only has two matches Alan Lawson of 0 distance - he does not have a tree and a James Walker with a tree that I do not see a name to connect with. She does not match either on family finder.
Robert Dupree Robert Dupree
April 1 @ 8:00am
According to FTDNA, my U6a3b matches using HVR1 and HVR2 are from England, Scotland and Ireland. Another match using only HVR1 includes Algeria. A recent episode of Secrets of the Dead called King Arthur's Lost Kingdom describes a site called Tintagel in Cornwall where excavations show a prosperous middle ages village where tin was traded for goods from the Mediterranean. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/ The dark ages were anything but dark and may have been how my mtDNA haplotype made its way to the western British Isles.