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Re: Strange DNA Test Result
In Response To: Strange DNA Test Result ()

Marcheta, this is not strange at all. What your test has told you reflects mtDNA inheritance from ONE individual, unknown numbers of generations back.

Remember that the number of direct ancestors doubles each generation you go back, but the mtDNA follows just ONE line back, and in your case, with no input from all those brown-skinned people you mentioned.

So, it's the mtDNA from your mother, her mother (only 1 of 2 grandmothers), her mother's mother (only 1 of 4 great-grandmothers), her maternal grandmother's mother (only 1 of 8 great-great grandmothers), and so on back in time, each generation back halving the amount of your ancestry it represents. And NONE of the men are represented in this DNA.

The same thing is true with the Y-chromosome test in that it represents ONE person out of thousands of ancestors. That one person could have been European and all the rest African and you would still show up with a European haplotype.

I've seen somewhere that it reflects about 1% of your total ancestry. You could be a very dark-skinned person and have the same result. You appear to be among that 2% of African Americans and African-Britons who have European mtDNA.

As to your other lineages, do you have cousins? My parents and all their siblings are deceased. I have just sent off 3 tests:

1. My mother's brother's son's son = my maternal grandfather
2. My father's sister's daughter's daughter = my paternal grandmother
3. My father's brother's son = my paternal grandfather

Will I see you on the 13th??


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Strange DNA Test Result
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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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