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.