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Re: Contact With Persons Matching Your Dna Results

Hello; Quote from FTDNA "This exact duplication of the mtDNA means two individuals shared a common female ancestor. Since the mutation rate of the mtDNA is much slower than the Y-DNA, the probablilities associated with the time to a Most Recent Common Ancestor in a case of perfect match will point to a common ancestor living farther back" My own personel view is that an HVR1 mtDNA match is very exciting; Just the thought that I have discovered someone else out there with the same mtDNA that dates back hundreds or even thousands of years is exciting to say the least; This very same mtDNA that both persons share surviving for thousands of years exist in the two persons today. Even though the Common Ancestor that links the two persons may have lived in the far distant past they are still related. I feel that if someone contacts me from any match that we both share I think (with all due respect) out of courtesy one should reply; even if you don't feel a geneological connection. Again this is all up to each person as to what matches to reply to. I prefer to reply to that person by introducing myself and letting them know how happy I am to know that they are out there; and I also let the person know that they should feel free to email me at any time. I guess the bottom line for me is that every thing about Geneology via DNA is exciting and informative and it does not hurt to reply to others and share that excitement with them. Look at it this way, one could wind up meeting a new friend with the same matching DNA.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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