U3b - Uma's Daughter- Background



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Welcome to the U3b - Uma's Daughter Project. 

If you are familiar with "The Seven Daughters of Eve" 2001, ISBN 0-393-02018-5 (Bryan Sykes) you will recall that the fictional and pre-historic 'Ursula' was the name of the 'clan mother' for Haplogroup U, and the subclade U3 'mother' was named 'Uma'. The U3b subclade can reasonably be referred to as Uma's Daughter, in our view, as least as the name for our Project.  

We are a small group, but inquisitive !  Our U3b classification gives us a great opportunity to explore the geographical beginnings of our clan (or sub-clan of U3), and because of our present small numbers having the classification of U3b, we have the opportunity to enjoy a 'tightly knit family' and good communications.

Researching maternal lines is not easy in most cultures and family historical records (due to name changes etc). Brick walls are common. But we are lucky to be in a small and somewhat unique group, and "U3bers" can be excited about our common journey of discovery.

Although it is not mandatory for this Project that you have completed a full mtDNA test, it will certainly be of benefit to you, and to the group, for you to compete the mtDNA Full Mitochondrial Sequence (FMS) if you have not already done so. But you are welcome to be in the group in any case - provided you have a confirmed result as U3b, U3b1, or U3b1a. For more information regarding mtDNA 'refinement tests' see https://www.familytreedna.com/faq/answers.aspx?id=8#508 

In order to more easily find DNA matches, a "U3ber" needs to allow his or her mtDNA result (HVR1+2) to be available to the public.
It is also strongly recommended to link your results to Mitosearch at 
http://www.mitosearch.org to perhaps find U3b matches with other testing companies that have also been posted at Mitosearch.  We will also be looking for other results among all sources to issue invitations to join here.

The MtDNA Haplogroup mutations for this Project (CRS Sequence), as shown in FTDNA FAQ, are listed below, and to be in the U3b 'sub-clan', your complete sequence results should include:

U3b:     4188G, 4640a, 9656C, 13743C
U3b1:    3546a, 8812G, 16086C
U3b1a:   9098g, 14016A

However, if you only tested at HVR1 level and have been given U3b classification, the mutations above will not be listed for you, but you are still very welcome to join the Project.

Currently, it is not possible to transfer results data from third party sites, such as 23 and Me.  If you have been classified as U3b* at another site, you would need to order the FTDNA 'mtDNA Plus' (or higher) test here (HVR1/HVR2 or FGS) (starts at about $159) to be able to become an FTDNA member and join the Project with all benefits available. There are no ongoing fees.  Please contact the administrator(s) for further information.

The instructions for displaying your results for the Administrators to see are: 

1.  Go to your personal webpage. 
2.  Click on the Uma's Daughter U3b Project in the upper left. 
3.  Click on Preferences 
4.  Scroll down to the bottom and click the HVR1, HVR2 and CRS, as applicable, so a checkmark appears in the box
5.  BE SURE TO CLICK: Save Update 

If you have not done so, please also post your GEDCOM on FTDNA with at least an outline of your maternal surnames and dates.  Do not include any names of living individuals.  From 1900 towards the past is sufficient.  Adding Spouses on your GEDCOM is helpful, and may give other researchers a vital clue.

There will be an email list from Uma's Daughter - U3b to communicate news and eureka! moments. 

If you are a "U3ber", this Project is your Project, and much of the success we will have will be due to every member of the Project providing as much sound information as possible: DNA test results, ancestry, suggestions and news.

Please keep in mind that mtDNA, with its very slow mutation rates for the SNP markers, will not define recent family history for you.  Rather, you should expect your results to give you an insight into the geographical ancestry of your distant ‘sub-clan’ of 'U3bers'.  If you have matches at HVR1 ‘low resolution’ level, you are peering into the past, thousands or tens of thousands of years ago.  At HVR1 +HVR2 ‘high resolution’ level, your matches are closer, but may well be beyond a thousand years and very likely before the common use of surnames.  If you have completed the Full Mitochondrial Sequence (FMS) and have discovered a match, you are fortunate indeed, and may have located an ancestor within a few hundred years and inside the framework of paper-trail genealogy. This will be your personal eureka! moment.

Finally, we do ask that members observe the one 'golden' rule.  Deal in facts, not best guesses.  If you speculate, please make it known that what you have noted is speculation.  Our DNA test results are facts.  It is why we know that we are Haplogroup U3b.  Please avoid diluting the facts with family legends, even if they are really good stories.  

Welcome to the Uma's Daughter U3b Project !

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