African American DNA Research Forum
Re: Can mtDNA show mixed heritage
In Response To: Can mtDNA show mixed heritage ()
The haplogroup L3 reflects East Africa, but keep in mind that this is reflecting DEEP ancestry, meaning thousands of years ago. If you take the refined test, you will receive markers that reflect more recent generations.
The African Ancestry test will reveal where some L3s are currently found in other parts of Africa as well. Plus that test reflects more recent family history.
Keep in mind, also that whatever line you test will be the unbroken gender line. Many people have mixed ancestry coming from a male ancestor, particularly when an enslaved ancestor who was female had a child with a slave owner. If the mixture was from a male and you are testing a female line, then the DNA will not necessarily reveal the mixture that you may want to see.
It is important to remember that the DNA is merely testing genetic markers. It does not reflect your full ancestry, nor does it reflect a full blood lineage. It does provide at least a glimpse at one part of who you are, and that is far more than many of us have had before.
Perhaps others who are more familiar with the scientific aspect of the tests can also offer more specific analysis of what the tests can do.