Grandmothers’ DNA Family origins

mtDNA of my Female Ancestors

My grandmother, Maria Giuseppa Papallo, was born in 1903 in the village of Martone.   My grandmother’s mtDNA, which was inherited from her mother’s mother’s mother’s line way back in time, virtually unchanged from 1000s of years ago, places her overall on branch H13a1a2a of the Human Female Family Tree.   This sub-branch of Haplogroup H occurs in the Caucauses Mountains, the Middle East, and in Italy.   To see this specific sub-branch, click on the link Human Female Family Tree and go to Branch  R0 at the bottom of the page.  Click on that link.  That will take you to the sub-divisions of Branch R0, where you can further find sub-branch H13.    My grandmother’s specific Haplogroup of H13a1a2a probably first appeared in the Caucauses Mountain area.    My grandmother’s maternal line came from this part of the world.   You can read more about Haplogroup H and its sub-branches here on Wikipedia’s website.

My great-grandmother, Marianna Ritorto, was born in 1855 in the village of Gioiosa Ionica.  To find the origin of this female line, I had to find a female descendant of Marianna Ritorto, who was willing to test for me.  My great-grandmother’s mtDNA, which was inherited from her mother’s mother’s mother’s line way back in time, virtually unchanged from 1000s of years ago, places her overall on branch H26 of the Human Female Family Tree.   This sub-branch of Haplogroup H occurs throughout the Middle East and Europe in low frequencies.   To see this specific sub-branch, click on the link Human Female Family Tree and go to Branch  R0 at the bottom of the page.  Click on that link.  That will take you to the sub-divisions of Branch R0, where you can further find sub-branch H26.    The origins  of my great-grandmother’s specific Haplogroup of H26 is hard to pinpoint at this time, until we get more world-wide samples in the database for scientists to analyze .    You can read more about Haplogroup H and its sub-branches here on Wikipedia’s website.

My great-great grandmother, Marianna Severino, was born in 1832 in the village of Gioiosa Ionica.   To find the origin of this female line, I had to find a female descendant of Marianna Severino, who was willing to test for me.   My great-great grandmother’s mtDNA, which was inherited from her mother’s mother’s mother’s line way back in time, virtually unchanged from 1000s of years ago, places her overall on branch H3 of the Human Female Family Tree.   This sub-branch of Haplogroup H occurs mostly in Western Europe.   To see this specific sub-branch, click on the link Human Female Family Tree and go to Branch  R0 at the bottom of the page.  Click on that link.  That will take you to the sub-divisions of Branch R0, where you can further find sub-branch H3.    The origins  of my great-great grandmother’s specific Haplogroup of H3 is Western Europe.   Her maternal line came from this part of the world.  You can read more about Haplogroup H and its sub-branches here on Wikipedia’s website.

My 4th great-grandmother, Rosalia Infusini, was born in 1742 in the village of Martone.  To find the origin of this female line, I had to find a female descendant of Rosalia Infusini, who was willing to test for me.   My 4th great-grandmother’s mtDNA, which was inherited from her mother’s mother’s mother’s line way back in time, virtually unchanged from 1000s of years ago, places her overall on branch H13a1a2a of the Human Female Family Tree.  This happens to be the same line that my grandmother, Maria Giuseppa Papallo, descends from.   However, it is not that unusual that two of my different grandmother’s lines come from the same maternal ancestor, since Martone is a small village of only about 3000 people.   In any case, this sub-branch of Haplogroup H occurs in the Caucauses Mountains, the Middle East, and in Italy.   To see this specific sub-branch, click on the link Human Female Family Tree and go to Branch  R0 at the bottom of the page.  Click on that link.  That will take you to the sub-divisions of Branch R0, where you can further find sub-branch H13.    My 4th great-grandmother’s specific Haplogroup of H13a1a2a probably first appeared in the Caucauses Mountain area.    My 4th great-grandmother’s maternal line came from this part of the world.   You can read more about Haplogroup H and its sub-branches here on Wikipedia’s website.

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