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U5b1b1a (Mitochondrial DNA)

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This project is a meeting place for users who share the U5b1b1a Mitochondrial DNA haplogroup, which means they are related along their maternal lines. Users in this group may want to share their family trees with each other to find overlaps and merge duplicate profiles in order to join or expand the World Family Tree and discover new relatives.

Born between 1,700 and 5,500 years ago, U5b1b1a is most common in northen Scandinavia and Eastern Europe (Belorus, Slovakia, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Bosnia and Croatia). Its highest frequency is among the Saami population of Finland.

One intriguing possibility is that U5b1b1a might indicate a common genetic ancestry among speakers of Uralic languages, including Finish and Hungarian. U5b1b1a has several named sister groups including U5b1b1b which has been found in Africa and Puerto Rico and might indicate a recent back migration of Europeans into Africa perhaps 3,000 years ago.