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  • Pulquéria Ascenção (1876 - 1917)
    On November 25, 1917 in Taunton, MA, Pulquéria Ascenção, 43, wife of Manuel Ascenção. Buried in St. Joseph Cemetery by J. M. Enos. Manuel Ascencao, informant. "On June 9, 1909 in Taunton, MA, Manuel ...
  • Anne Chevalier (c.1635 - 1705)
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  • Synnøve Dagmar Denstad, W (1929 - 2010)
    Haplogroup W (mtDNA).

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

Defining Mutations

  • Coding mutations 1243, 3505, 5460, 8251, 8994, 11947, 15884C
  • HVR mutations 195, 204, 207, 16292


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mtDNA W is a rare haplogroup in Europe. Haplogroup W appears in Europe, West and South Asia. It is everywhere found as minority clade, with the highest concentration being in Northern Pakistan. A related unnamed N* clade is found among Australian Aborigines.

"W3", together with W4 through W7, were descendants of a woman with a 194 mutation born in northwest India around 15,000 years ago. W3 is identified by the further coding region 1406 mutation, and emerged around 14,000 years ago. W3's seem to have diversified into subgroups among the nomadic cultures of the Asian steppes south of the Aral Sea after the last glacial maximum. From there they spread via Russia into eastern Europe, perhaps with the peoples that brought the horse to Europe. There are two great divisions of W3: "W3a", which appeared 13,000 years ago, and "W3b", which appeared 10,000 years ago. Some branches in both divisions also migrated into India. Each lineage followed its distinctive route and timing. (source)

Subclades of W

  • W (mtDNA)
    • W1
      • W1a
      • W1b
      • W1c
      • W1d
      • W1e
      • W1f
      • W1g
      • W1h
    • W3
      • W3a1
        • W3a1a
          • W3a1a1
        • W3a1b
        • W3a1c
      • W3a2 (aka "French W")
      • W3b
    • W4
      • W4a
        • W4a1
      • W4b
      • W4c
      • W4d
    • W5
      • W5a
        • W5a1
          • W5a1a
            • W5a1a1
            • W5a1a2
        • W5a2
      • W5b
    • W6
      • W6a
      • W6b
      • W6c
    • W7
    • W9

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