surname Novelli from Jesi, Ancona, Italy
My mother's great-grandmother on the maternal side was Costantina Novelli, from Jesi, Ancona Province, Le Marche, Italy. There is some concentration of Novellis in that area, which goes back quite a few centuries. We have managed to obtain civil and religious certificates of my ancestor's family.
I have had my mitochondrial DNA tested at the Genographic Project. As Costantina Novelli is a direct matrilineal ancestor of my mother's, they share the same mtDNA haplogroup - which I have inherited, by definition. It would be interesting to compare this genetic marker with that of other Novellis whose ancestral origins lie in the same geographic area as my ancestor.