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Re: Haplogroup L3
In Response To: Re: Haplogroup L3 ()

>I just got my results back from National Geographic.
>I told me that I was from Haplogroup L3. The it told
>me that my mtDNA differ at 16124C, 16168T, 16184T,
>16189C, 16214A, 16223t, 16239T, 16362C, 16519C.

>Does that mean I an not African-American and that I
>am Eurasian instead.

No it does not. Your maternal lineage is still within Africa. All of the L's are African Haplogroups. (L1, L2, L3, and any subclades of those groups) My cousin's test result is L3d. This is my paternal grandmother's line.

These results are not looking at 'recent' ancestry but thousands of years ago. My cousin's was 50,000 years ago. Subsequent testing with African Ancestry matched to the Mende and Temne of Sierra Leone.

What the information about the M, N, etc. haplogroups told you was that, way back in time, while YOUR founding mother stayed in Africa, one of her sisters or a female maternal cousin with a slightly different dna, ventured out of Africa and became the founding mother of the M haplogroup, the N haplogroup.

>I always believed that I was Creole which included
>recent African American roots.

>Can someone help me understand this info.

You are STILL whatever you thought you were. Don't forget! This information is just ONE! TINY! piece of your biological heritage. One ancestor out of thousands of ancestors. Just think, Dr. Kittles, the chocolate-brown brother who is the geneticist for African Ancestry, has a European Y-chromosome. But does that make him European? No!

I have tested four lines of my ancestry, all four of which traced to different groups in Africa. BUT I know I have 18% European heritage (I know this because I had another test done that shows percentages). Why has it not shown up in these four tests? Because I have not tested whatever line it was that had that ancestry and likely will never test for it since I don't know anybody else to test.

I have tested lines for all 4 grandparents. But since everybody has two parents, that is still only:
4 of my 8 great-grandparents
4 of my 16 great-great-grandparents
4 of my 32 great-great-great-grandparents

and the number of ancestors doubles with each generation back, meaning I have tested 4 of 1,024 by the time I get back 10 generations. Meaning I have not accounted for 1,020 of those ancestors whose dna is swirling around in me.

And at this point, you have only accounted for ONE of your 1,024 ancestors from 10 generations ago.....

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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