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Re: DNA Matches-confused
In Response To: DNA Matches-confused ()

>So far I have been matched up with three
>people on Family Tree DNA.

>My mtDNA is L3 16172c, 16189c, 16223t,
>16320t, 16519c. So, does that really mean
>that these people are related to me in some
>way?

Depends on how you define "related." If you had only HVR-1 testing, the paragraph below applies and basically says they don't know how far back you and the other three people might have had a common ancestor.
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"However, despite the fact that the HVR-1 region experiences mutations more frequently, the mutations do not occur often enough for us to determine whether two individuals are more closely or more distantly related. As a result, we cannot tell whether you share a common ancestor with these individuals in a genealogical time frame or further back in time.
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My father's maternal line tested L3d, Ethiopia, at 50,000 years ago. Not what I wanted to know.

If you also had HVR-2 testing, they can narrow it down to a closer time frame. See paragraph below
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Testing the HVR2 region helps to pick out the individuals with whom you most likely share a common ancestor in a genealogical time frame. You may then employ conventional genealogical techniques to see whether you can find where that person might actually fit on your family tree!
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>Where exactly is L3 haplogroup from? All I
>know is that this haplogroup is from East
>Africa.

The only company doing dna testing that attempts to match you to a specific population group in Africa TODAY is AfricanAncestry.com

>What is the difference in the letters after the
>haplogroup letter and number(example L3a)

It is a narrowing down of the group you're in, sort of like L is found all over Africa, L3 is found in a few areas in Africa, L3a is found in a few population groups, in a few areas, in Africa.

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