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Michael M. van Beuren
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« on: August 01, 2013, 07:17:51 AM »

I am interested in extending my maternal line research prior to my last known, direct-line, maternal ancestor born in England (Lucy Baillie b. 1630 Kingston, Witshire)
I'm encouraging any readers of this post to comment about their experiences of how English and European matches of their mDNA led to finding other individuals to add to their own trees.

The great time span {nearly 400 years} pretty much precludes getting samples from confirmed relatives of such great antiquity.
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Am I mistaken in my assumption that since there are relatively few mDNA types then there isn't much value in using mDNA as a research tool to establish direct ancestry?

Still.... a fascinating area of research though...

I my own case: Were I to travel to modern-day Kingston, Witshire, area and convince a sizable pool of females to test for mDNA, I might suppose to get a good number of matches... This, in itself, wouldn't lead me to conclude much of anything, would it?

... Or am I proverbially,barking up the wrong family tree ?

For my purposes, I would have to find out if Lucy Baillie had a brother and follow the Y-chromosome.... bUT (!) WHat about this "5-generation" limit... I'm way beyond that here. Lucy was my 9th great grandmother.... How would a y-chromosome database help me here (beyond 5 generations)?





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