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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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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! 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

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

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

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

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Comment by Rosemary on November 28, 2012 at 2:21am

BTW is it still possible to contact you for help?

Comment by Rosemary on November 28, 2012 at 2:20am

Hi Dawn..I upgraded to the Autosomal test and boy what a surprise! my ancestry is very interesting and odd lol..I expected other results according to what my birth mother had told me but I got instead:

Continent (Subcontinent) Population Percentage Margin of Error
Africa (West African) Mandenka 47.90% ±0.04%
Middle East (Jewish) Jewish 21.93% ±1.22%



30.17% ±1.26%

BUT, all if not MOST of my matches are from Puerto Rico, Spain and Cuba..well few are from Cuba but these are the most places. And the most common surnames of my matches are: Gonzalez, Sanchez, Robles, 

Comment by Della A. Beaver on September 26, 2012 at 4:11am

Reviewing the mtdna find a match with someone else, should all of the numbers match?

Comment by Dawn on August 28, 2012 at 10:23am

Kimberly: just an fyi - the thing that started me and my Mom on our whole dna journey back in 2007 is the fact that my mother was adopted at birth. To make a really long story short, with my mother's permission, I began searching for my biological grandmother. It took me 15 years, but I managed to find her in 2009. Ever since then, I dedicate my spare time to helping adoptees search for birth family, either by doing the actual search or providing info and advice on how to go about it, in an effort to bring the same peace and closure that my mother was able to receive. I learned so much in those 15 years and it seems like a sin not to share it! While the DNA tests that my Mom and I have had done never came into play with our search, it is being used widely by many adoptees.

If I can be of any help to you, please don't hesitate to let me know. My email is:

Comment by Kimberly on August 28, 2012 at 10:11am

Thanks for all the helpful information, I am looking for anything, as I have no information.  I am an adoptee, and did the search with National Geo in 05.  I will look into the Autosomal testing, it would be nice for find some cousins with family finder. I really appreciate all your help! Thanks!

Comment by Dawn on August 28, 2012 at 10:09am

Rosemary - shoot me an email and tell me what you know about your father (name if you have it, approximate birth year or date, etc), even if it's very little.

My email address is:

Comment by Rosemary on August 28, 2012 at 10:00am
Yes that's the test I thought I should take and I'm trying to find both the ancestry and the identity but I gave up on actually finding him. If you could help me with anything I'd be SO grateful.
Comment by Dawn on August 28, 2012 at 9:20am

Rosemary- Yes, Family Finder would be the test that you want :)

Question for you: are you looking for information regarding the ancestry on your father's side or the actual identity of your father or his parents? Was just wondering...almost sounds as if perhaps there is an adoption situation...(if this is the case, I may be able to help you-just let me know! )

Comment by Rosemary on August 28, 2012 at 8:56am
Hi Dawn..that's a nice name!

And ty for the welcome :). Thank you so much for the info! It helps SO much. I was looking to upgrade later this year over at Family Tree DNA but wanted a test that would provide me with ANY info of my father. I have a question though, is family finder an autosmol test?
Comment by Dawn on August 28, 2012 at 7:36am

Kimberly and Rosemary:  Welcome to the group! :)

Have you guys had autosomal testing done or mtdna testing only?
Autosomal testing would reveal a mixture of your ancestry from both your mother and your father. If you want to specifically know more about your paternal line (your father's father's father, etc), then of course you would need a male family member who either descends from your father (such as a brother) or a male member of your father's family who has the same last name and would share a common ancestor with your father (such as your father's brother).

Autosomal testing is extremely informative as far as giving a glimpse of both sides and what ancestry you have overall. There is no way, unfortunately, to separate what you inherited from your mother and what you inherited from your father in autosomal testing, though-it's simply a mixture of the ancestry you inherited from both parents. There are a few companies out there that do autosomal testing. I used 23andme, but there is also Family Tree DNA and DNA Consultants. 23andme and Family Tree DNA match you with other members who are genetically/biologically related to you and give a suggestion of what the relation is, based on the DNA match (second cousin, fourth cousin).

Hope this helps!


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