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mtdna haplogroup T

A place for those in mtdna haplogroup T to exchange notes, ask questions, and learn more about their maternal ancestors. Includes all subgroups of haplogroup T.

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Latest Activity: Jun 11, 2017

mtdna Haplogroup T

Haplogroup T is believed to have lived in Northern Italy approximately 17,000 years ago. Bryan Sykes, author of the book "Seven Daughters of Eve" named this group "Tara".

Tara's people would have come from the Near East, with her descendents spreading all over Europe.

There are currently five subgroups identified within haplogroup T: T1, T2, T3, T4, T5

Haplogroup T is believed to have branched from haplogroup JT which gave rise to haplogroup J, with a distinguishing factor between the two being an additional mutation at HVR1 16294 which defines haplogroup T and a mutation at HVR1 16069, which defines haplogroup J.

Haplogroup T is considered to be one of the main genetic signatures of the Neolithic expansions. It is currently found in high concentrations around the Eastern Baltic Sea, and accounts for slightly less than 10% of modern day Europeans. Its branches are widely distributed throughout Southern and Western Europe with particularly high concentrations in Ireland and west of Britain. According to the Genographic Project, haplogroup T has a very wide spread distribution, and is present as far east as the Indus Valley bordering India and Pakistan and as far south as the Arabian Peninsula.

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Share your mtdna results!

Started by Dawn. Last reply by Della A. Beaver Sep 25, 2012. 3 Replies

The results of my mtdna test are:HVR1:16126 C16218 T16287 T16294 T16296 T16304 C16519 CHVR2:73 G146 C263 G309.1 C315.1 CAny matches out there?Continue

Haplogroup T2, mtDNA-16126C,18172C,16254T,16304C,16519C.

Started by Ingrid Fetkoeter. Last reply by Rosemary Jul 7, 2012. 2 Replies

I am a T2, of Northern German descent. Some family came to the US in 1839. Some served in the Civil War. Looking for others with similar mtDNA.

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Comment by Kathy Matlock Wigley on June 11, 2017 at 5:41pm

My Paternal Aunt Joye Matlock's haplogroup is T2alb. Her mother was Elsie Irene McCullough. Elsie's mother was Effie Mae McCullough. Effie's mother was Anna Faye Gray. With the help of FTDNA Family Finder, we found that Anna Faye Gray had a brother, Albert Alexander Gray (R-M269). This is as far as we can go on both the paternal and maternal line of the siblings Anna and Albert Gray. Both were born in Tennessee: Anna (1868-1899) & Albert (1872-1917). We believe the parents of Anna and Albert may have died in Tennessee during the outbreak of Yellow Fever. There are several Grays listed who died who died in the 1878 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis and Shelby County in Tennessee. Our lines are hoping we will connect via DNA Matches to cousins further back. It's a long shot but we are hoping!

Comment by Dawn on December 4, 2012 at 11:25am


Pretty wild-looks like you're finding the matches in the states to also be in Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee....

I'm very familiar with King George County and the county I live in now neighbors Henrico County :)

Comment by Anita Wills on December 4, 2012 at 10:13am


I found my ancestors in and around King George County. My direct ancestor, Charles Lewis and his brother Ambrose served in the Revolutionary War out of Fredericksburg. After his service Charles moved to Henrico County which is where his daughter, and my direct ancestor was born. The last test I took connected me to only one recent ancestor and she is also connected to my maternal line Lewis. Most of the other DNA Cousins are either in England, Germany, or in places like Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Comment by Dawn on December 4, 2012 at 7:08am

Welcome Anita! My maternal line also traces through Virginia. I haven't had any luck tracing my maternal ancestry past my 6x great grandmother in Virginia, though. If I had to guess, I would say that it goes into Wales as well.

Many of my surnames (on my mother's side) also intermarried, leaving me with ancestors of the same lineage and surname on multiple branches of the tree. This was especially common in the Southwestern areas of Virginia, no doubt due to the sparse population of those mountainous areas. What county in Virginia due you trace your maternal ancestry to?

One thing I identified almost immediately after having my first mtnda test done in 2009 is that ALL of my maternal matches-literally ALL of them-traced their maternal ancestry back to Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Kentucky and a few to Tennessee. I found that extremely interesting. After having my 2nd mtdna test done this year (along with autosomal testing), I've identified some who trace their maternal ancestry to Missouri, but that's only a couple of people.

I live in Powhatan, Virginia, right at the "cusp" of the mountains.

Glad you joined the group! :)

Comment by Anita Wills on December 3, 2012 at 8:03pm

I tested with Family Tree, and received my findings in 2003, have tested twice since. My ancestral lines run through Virginia and into Wales and/or Britain. The line my family traces through is the Lewis (Llewelyn), Lines. That line intermarried so I have female and male line Lewis surnames. My male ancestor, Charles Lewis was a Revolutionary War Soldier out of Virginia. His daughter Nancy is my direct ancestor and I trace my lineage through her.

Comment by Rosemary on November 28, 2012 at 2:02pm

Wow very similar! 

Comment by Dawn on November 28, 2012 at 1:56pm

Rosemary - here my results from Mr. McDonald:

The following are possible population sets and their fractions,

most likely at the top:

English=0.803    Spain=0.181     Maya=0.009 Mandenka=0.007 or

English=0.803    Spain=0.181     Maya=0.009   Yoruba=0.007

The Native American is actually likely 0.3 to 0.4% and the African 0.7 or 0.8.

These are very strong and quite real but rather old.

Comment by Rosemary on November 28, 2012 at 1:23pm

Hi Dawn, I had my results also sent off to Dr. McDonald last night and the results where in this morning! 

Here is his analyses....

Most likely fit is 43.7% (+- 0.0%) Africa (all West African)
and 16.6% (+- 0.0%) Mideast (all North Africa)
and 32.5% (+- 0.4%) Europe (all Western Europe)
and 7.1% (+- 0.4%) S. Asia (all India)

The following are possible population sets and their fractions,
most likely at the top
Mandenka= 0.437 Moroccan= 0.166 Irish= 0.330 S_India= 0.068 or
Mandenka= 0.437 Moroccan= 0.166 Irish= 0.321 N_India= 0.075

but with an abysmal quality fit, and there is no S. asian on the chromosomes,
so I tied some custom fits and get

Spain 0.4578 Moroccan 0.0466 Maya 0.0388 Yoruba 0.4568 or
Irish 0.3617 Moroccan 0.1716 Maya 0.0317 Yoruba 0.4350 or
English 0.3729 Moroccan 0.1524 Maya 0.0348 Yoruba 0.4399 

which are still poor fits, but at least a bit better. They look reasonable.
I’m really not clear as to where the American is from.


It is amazing! I love it...I have had an amazing time doing this and it has been worth EVERY dime! I accepted your friend request and will email you shortly...I'd be interested to know after you check your DNA results if we indeed  are 0 distance that would be great, thank you for sharing that.  :)! 

Comment by Dawn on November 28, 2012 at 7:12am

Rosemary-I just looked at your pictures on your profile-mainly the one that shows the mtdna haplogroup T migration map and your HVR1 and HVR2 results. I have not double checked my mtdna results, but by looking at yours, I believe that our mtdna matches with 0 differences :) It's quite possible, actually it's quite likely, that we share a maternal ancestor. I found that pretty cool and thought I'd share :)

Comment by Dawn on November 28, 2012 at 7:07am

Hi Rosemary! So glad you updated to the autosomal test! Isn't it amazing??? Usually people don't associated their ethnicity/heritage with something like a surprise in a box, but it ends up being that way, doesn't it? :)

First of all, I am always willing to help in regards to your search! I can't send you a private message yet because we have to be "friends" - I sent the friend request. In the meantime, my email address is: - shoot me an email!

My autosomal dna shows heavy matches in Mandenka (which of course makes sense-Mandenka was the main hub of the slave trade), as well as very significant matches in the Middle East of Jewish and Finnish as well. My European matches do reflect matches in Russia, but are mainly Spain, Portugual, Italy, Ireland, Germany and Wales. It would be neat to compare your DNA against mine....the science of it truly interests me :) Like you, I have many matches in Spain and Puerto Rico, with Gonzalez and Robles also being matching surnames for me :)

Hope to hear from you soon!



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