Hello! Are you one of those folks who has taken a YDNA test and been informed you are from a Haplogroup called R1b-U106? If so perhaps like many others you sat there scratching your head trying to make sense of that information? Maybe you wondered how or if at all it could help you have some idea on your family’s more ancient origins? Natural enough questions and a reason, or hope, that prompts many folks to get tested in the first place, problem is once you have been confirmed as R U106 just where do you go to get some idea as to its meaning or relevance to you or the distant beginnings of your ancestors. Where else but a search on the Internet, right?
Having typed the Haplogroup into a search engine you now find a number of sites with references to R U106, there are many, some more prominent than others. However one observation you may notice is the common reference to your Haplogroup as being linked to the Germanic peoples of the North Sea coast of Europe, indeed this claim has become viral and so repeated you would be forgiven for thinking it to be a conclusive and established fact. Well in truth that is not the case, at best such assertions are informed opinion, a speculation drawn from an examination of present day locations of your Haplogroup, where it may appear in a high frequency, or in various forms. On that basis some have proposed that given the distribution of R U-106 in Europe, particularly around the Netherlands and Northern Germany that ‘hey presto’ it’s conclusive proof that your ancestors would have been Saxon, Frisian, Angle or Jute that expanded westwards in the 5th and 6th Centuries ACE.
While this has a seductive logic it is a speculation, supported not by scientific evidence, for example as of now it’s not possible in any meaningful way to examine the ancient YDNA of remains from that period to establish, with even the slightest certainty, that say the ancient people’s of a particular location were formed of a majority Haplogroup. In short it is a folly to ascribe a specific Haplogroup with a particular ethnological group. Yet you will see on various forums on the subject bold assertions that would have you accept without question that as R U106 your ancestors were Germanic, while no doubt some of this and other Haplogroups can be traced to such ancient peoples, it is a gross simplification and science-free assertion to claim all R U106 derives from Anglo-Saxons or other Germanic groups.
The distribution,frequency and variance of Haplogroups in such distant times is unknown, but we can in all probability imagine that the migration and settlement of peoples involved a mixture of varying demographic percentages. So that by the time Germanic culture emerged, two or three thousand years after R U106 first appeared, there would have surely been different amounts of R1b Haplogroups, not a homogenous entity but a diverse collection.
In addition to that likely scenario peoples would have migrated at various times, long before Germanic cultures arose, and so all Haplogroups could have traveled and settled in various parts of Europe, including of course your very own R U106. Unfortunately the proponents who affirm that the Haplogroup is Germanic are entirely unwilling to accept any such suggestions and insist that your ancestors sailed from the shores of Friesia during the so-called Dark Ages. Now here’s the point, sure guess some did, and there’s no issue on that, however it’s equally likely that others of this Haplogroup may derive from far earlier migrations of peoples.
Of course there’s no certainty but hey its reasonable to consider, right? That is what this Blog is about, offering those who belong to the Haplogroup R U106 a different take on this, more open to other theories and willing to consider this ancient Haplogroup may well have extended and settled far in advance of the first Saxons setting foot in Britain or elsewhere. So if you regard that model as equally valid as that which reserves R U106 as strictly Germanic then this is the spot for you.