African American DNA Research Forum
My mtDNA test results
I received my mtDNA results (MatriClan analysis) from African Ancestry. I'm told that my mtDNA sequence is identical to the Cambridge Reference Sequence (CRS), and that while the CRS is found primarily in Europe, it is also found among the ancestry with the Hausa people in Nigeria, the Tuareg people in Niger, and people living in Egypt, so I share maternal genetic ancestry with people in those groups.
I'd initially submitted my DNA sample to FamilyTree DNA (only because a friend had had hers done by them and also because I'd spoken with a representative from that company at the National Genealogical Society annual conference last May in Sacramento, CA). The initial results I received from them, at the time, did not mean a whole lot to me -- I understand it all a bit better now. Also, initially they were not able to assign my results to a Haplogroup and needed to do more testing. I recently heard from them and they determined my Haplogroup to be U6 (Europe).
Persons who have been tested can add their results to the FamilyTree DNA sponsored public database and search for genetic matches among others who have been tested. It doesnít matter which lab did your testing. When you create a new user record there is a field to indicate the name of the company that did your testing. The Web address is: www.MitoSearch.org. After adding my results I did a search and got one hit. My HVR1 results matched his exactly, plus one. He had one more mutation than I. His Haplogroup is U6b. Information he shared about his maternal lineage indicates his most distant known maternal ancestorís country of origin to be La Vega, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. She was born in 1887 and died in 1966. Her surname was Nunez-Sanchez. He also shared that his grandmother and his mother both migrated to Havana, Cuba about 1940, with his grandfather. His grandfather and his father, (and three brothers) migrated to Havana, Cuba, about 1936, from Viveiro, El Ferrol, Galicia (NW) Spain.
My most distant known maternal ancestor is my great grandmother Annie [Warren] Criner who was born in Camden, AR in 1874 and died in Homer, LA in 1958. As of this time I do not know a whole lot about her mother, other than her first name, Isabella, and that she was born in Arkansas about 1854 (reference: federal census). It seems that by 1900 she was deceased, as only her husband, Jack Warren, and the children are enumerated in that census.
Iím still letting all of this information sink in and Iím not yet sure how I best can use it to help further my research. If anyone has thoughts or suggestions, Iíd love to hear them. Thanks!
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