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  • Mary Forbes (1779 - 1812)
    15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe) Links
  • Mary Anthony (c.1743 - 1842)
    15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe) Links Findagrave
  • Emily Sophronia Hill (1864 - 1952)
    15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe) Emily Sophronia Willard was born 14 Nov 1864 in Oregon, and died 16 Jan 1952 in Touchet, Walla Walla, Washington. Parents: Johnson Monroe Willard (18...
  • Martha Willard (1839 - 1913)
    15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe) Martha Johnston was born 20 December 1839 in Muskingum, Ohio and died 24 August 1913 in Milton-Freewater, Oregon. She arrived in Oregon in 1864....
  • Martha Johnston (1811 - 1889)
    Name: Martha FORBES Sex: F Birth: 11 NOV 1813 in Tyrone Co., Ireland Death: 2 SEP 1891 in Mt.Zion, Van Buren Co., Iowa 15 May 2012: MtDNA Haplogroup J2a1a (23andMe) Martha Forbes came to...

For people who have tested and are assigned the maternal haplogroup J2a1a or who are believed to have had that maternal haplogroup based on descendants tested.

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Haplogroup J has an estimated age of about 45,000 years. In his popular book The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes named the originator of this mtDNA haplogroup Jasmine.

Subgroup J2a1a originated about 11,000 years ago perhaps in Spain. It spread into Europe after the last Ice Age.


Haplogroup J (along with ‘T’) is associated with the spread of farming and herding in Europe during the Neolithic Era (8,000-10,000 yrs ago).

The average frequency of J Haplogroup as a whole is highest in the Near East (12%) followed by Europe (11%), Caucasus (8%) and North Africa (6%). J2 is localized around the Mediterranean, Greece, Italy / Sardinia and Spain. J2a is has an estimated age of 19,200 years (± 6,900 years). It is homogenously spread in Europe, but is absent elsewhere.

Subclades of J

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To participate in this project, join or follow the project, add your oldest known ancestor who belonged to this haplogroup. The profile must be set to public in order to add it.