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Re: MTDNA Test
In Response To: MTDNA Test ()

>I now want to have my maternal side tested. Can
>anyone tell me if there is another agency besides
>African Ancestry, that can tell me the area in
>present day Africa my mother's ancestors came from?
>Our family oral history also is that her mother was
>part Native American. I would like to have
>information on both of these questions.

African Ancestry is the only testing company with the large database of dna samples from current-day African populations against which to compare your dna.

Trace Genetics has a similar database of Native American dna samples.

In each case, the ancestry has to be on her maternal lineage, not just 'on her side' of your family. For example, if your grandmother inherited Native American ancestry from her father or a grandfather, it would not have been in her mtDNA and thus would not have passed to your mother.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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