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Re: mtDNA Results
In Response To: mtDNA Results ()

Hello, everyone --

I'm just making a flying visit here today, as I saw an announcement about the forum on one of the RootsWeb mailing lists. I run the GENEALOGY-DNA mailing list there, and I try to keep track of what's going on in the world of DNA. I'll announce your forum on the GENEALOGY-DNA mailing list, too.

D, it looks like you had your mtDNA test done by Family Tree DNA (they are the only company that sequences position #16519). FTDNA will eventually assign you to a haplogroup, but my best guess would be L3e. That is one of the African haplogroups. Your "mutations" are differences from the Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS). This table strips the 16000 part, so you'll see a listing for 172, 189, 223, and 320 in the L3e section:

If it turns out that FTDNA assigns you to haplogroup L3e, you can search Google Scholar for technical papers with the search terms

L3e haplogroup

I have a vague memory that African Ancestry offered to check mtDNA results from other companies against their database for a fee, but I didn't see anything about that when I visited their website today.

Toot, African Ancestry's report (if still the same as one I saw a year or so ago) does not list the mutations, but rather the actual sequence of bases in the region 16024-16365. To get your own differences from the Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS), you would have to compare your report base by base with this table:

I won't be able to visit this forum on a regular basis, but anyone is welcome to sign up for the GENEALOGY-DNA mailing list and pose questions there. See URL in my sig lines.

Ann Turner - GENEALOGY-DNA List Administrator
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