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Re: Female & Male Line DNA Results

-- Sunday, 1 January 2006, at 6:10 a.m.

>My female line DNA test came back as 87% European 8%
>Native, and 5% African.
>Please note that the DNA test are straight male and
>female lines. There are other lines intermixed as
>well, although they are just as mixed.

The results you quote are from your autosomal DNA which was inherited 50% from your father and 50% from your mother and reflects ALL of your ancestry with no indication of what came from which parent. Two children with the same parents can have slightly different results. Only identical twins (triplets, etc.) will have the same results.
The "straight female line" test uses mitochondrial, or mtDNA, and is what you inherited from your mother only. And she from her mother only, and her mother's mother and so on back through time. There is no mixed ancestry reflected in mtDNA results. All children of the same mother will have EXACTLY the same results.

Depending on the company you tested with, the mtDNA result would be a Haplogroup letter, or with African Ancestry, the result would be a specific current-day African population, unless it is European in which case they will tell you that.

But again if your mtDNA is European, the results would show that only and would not reflect the Native American or the African ancestry that you have.

I have had both tests done. My mtDNA is African (Tikar people of Cameroon). My biogeographical mix is 82% African and 18% European.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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