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  • Eli Jacobsdatter Ytre-Eide (1703 - 1785)
    Eli Jakobsdotter gift på Ytre-Eide==DNA genealogi==Eli skal ha tilhørt mt-haplogruppe U5b1 , se resultatliste for Norgesprosjektet . Etterkommere i direkte morslinje kan testes.
  • Mari Olsdotter Frønningen (c.1773 - 1855)
    Mari Olsdotter, gift på Lagmannsås ( Frønningåsen. På 15-1600 tallet var platået kjent som «Lagmannsås» .).Om noen er flink å tyde, er hennes fødsel sannsynligvis oppført her: 1801: hushald Førenamn ...
  • Dronning Mechtild af Danmark (c.1220 - 1288)
    Mechtild von Schauenburg-Holstein, Dronning af Danmark=* Daughter of Adolph IV, Herr von Schauenburg, Graf zu Holstein und Stormarn and Heilwig Gräfin von der Lippe* Mechtild von Holstein , (även Mecht...
  • Marte Gregersdatter Ifarneset (c.1732 - 1808)
    Marte Gregersdatter.Morten Danielsen of Trysil marries Marte Gregersdatter Harsneset:Kildeinformasjon: Hedmark fylke, Elverum i Elverum, Ministerialbok nr. 3 (1757-1776), Ekteviede 1759-1761, side 8-9....

For people who have tested and are assigned the maternal haplogroup U5b1 or who are believed to have had that maternal haplogroup based on descendants tested.

Defining Mutations

  • U5 has polymorphisms in locations 3197 9477 13617 16192 16270
    • U5b has polymorphisms in 150 7768 14182
      • U5b1 is defined by a polymorphism in 5656
        • U5b1b has polymorphisms in 12618 16189. It arose 11,000 years ago, and has been found in Fulbe and Papel people in Guinea-Bissau and Yakuts people of northeastern Siberia.
          • U5b1b1a is defined by 16144 and isoften called "the Sámi motif".


Among the oldest mtDNA haplogroups found in European remains of Homo sapiens is U5. The age of U5 is estimated at 50,000 but could be as old as 60,500 years. Approximately 11% of total Europeans and 10% of European-Americans are in haplogroup U5.

The presence of haplogroup U5 in Europe pre-dates the expansion of agriculture in Europe. Bryan Sykes' popular book The Seven Daughters of Eve calculated that it arose 45,000-50,000 years ago in Delphi, Greece and named the originator of haplogroup U5 Ursula. However the details related to location and age are speculative. Barbujani and Bertorelle estimate the age of haplogroup U5 as about 52,000 years ago, being the oldest subclade of haplogroup U. Thus, the name Ursula could be applied to the entirety of haplogroup U, as well as U5.


U5 has been found in human remains dating from the Mesolithic in England, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Russia.

Haplogroup U5 and its subclades U5a and U5b form the highest population concentrations in the far north, in Sami, Finns, and Estonians, but it is spread widely at lower levels throughout Europe. This distribution, and the age of the haplogroup, indicate individuals from this haplogroup were part of the initial expansion tracking the retreat of ice sheets from Europe ~10kya.

Haplogroup U5 is found also in small frequencies and at much lower diversity in the Near East and parts of Africa, suggesting back-migration of people from northern Europe to the south.

Subgroup U5b is thought to have arisen 24,000 years ago, and U5b1 18,000 years ago.

Subclades of U

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The Peopling of Europe from the Mitochondrial Haplogroup U5 Perspective, Malyarchuck et al, 2010 Link to paper

Supplemental data including revised trees for U5a and U5b can be downloaded at the above link.


It is generally accepted that the most ancient European mitochondrial haplogroup, U5, has evolved essentially in Europe. To resolve the phylogeny of this haplogroup, we completely sequenced 113 mitochondrial genomes (79 U5a and 34 U5b) of central and eastern Europeans (Czechs, Slovaks, Poles, Russians and Belorussians), and reconstructed a detailed phylogenetic tree, that incorporates previously published data. Molecular dating suggests that the coalescence time estimate for the U5 is ~25–30 thousand years (ky), and ~16–20 and ~20–24 ky for its subhaplogroups U5a and U5b, respectively. Phylogeographic analysis reveals that expansions of U5 subclusters started earlier in central and southern Europe, than in eastern Europe.