RITORTO and MACRI and COMMISSO — My great-great grandfather was a Ritorto from Gioiosa Ionica.  My 4th great grandfather was a Macri from Martone.  A third family, with surname Commisso, who came from a nearby village, also did a Y-DNA test for the Calabria DNA Project.  These three families apparently originated from the same ancestor, because the Y-DNA results of all three men were identical.  This is not too far fetched being that all three families came from  three small adjacent villages, each with a population of about 3000 people.   To find the origin of the these families, I had to find a Ritorto and Macri and Commisso male who were willing to test for me.   The Ritorto/Macri/Commisso  Y-DNA, which was inherited from the Ritorto/Macri/Commisso ancestor virtually unchanged from 1000s of years ago, place him overall on branch E of the Human Male Family Tree.  All men today who are on Branch E of the Human Male Family tree are positive for the M96 mutation, and descend from this one man who originally carried this mutation.  This mutation happened 1000s of years ago in either East Africa or the Middle East.  Since then, extra mutations have accumulated on the Y-chromosome, and broken up  Haplogroup E men into sub-branches.  (Haplogroup is just another name for “branch”).  The specific Haplogroup designation of my Ritorto ancestor is E1b1b1a1c* (with terminal mutation V22+).   To see this specific sub-branch, click on the link Human Male Family Tree and go to Branch E.  Put your cursor over the letter  “E” and an arrow should pop up.  Click on that arrow.  That will take you to the sub-divisions of Branch E and then find the sub-branch with the V22 mutation.    Scientists think that this  more recent mutation of V22 occured several thousand years ago in the Horn of Africa or Egypt maybe.    Today, you still find most Haplogroup E1b1b1a1c* men in Eastern Africa, and in the surrounding areas.   My Ritorto/Macri ancestor came from this part of the world.   You can read more about Haplogroup E1b1b1a1c* and the associated V22 mutation here on Wikipedia’s website.

One comment on “RITORTO and MACRI and COMMISSO
  1. Michelle Macri Will says:

    My great-grandfather, Giorgio Rocco Macri, was born in Martone in 1889. This website is an incredible discovery. My father is still alive. I should have him do a DNA test for you!

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