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Marilyn Teaff Barton
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« on: May 23, 2007, 10:43:35 AM »

Yes.  Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) looks at the DNA that both women and men inherit from their mother's side.  A mother passes her mtDNA to her children, but only females can pass it on.  This represents the mother’s mother’s…mother’s maternal line.  Your mtDNA result can be compared with another person’s mtDNA to see if you share a common female ancestor.  Anyone can take this test.   

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) tests the deep maternal ancestry (think 1000s of years)  As mtDNA mutates very slowly, it becomes a link to your distant past - giving you the mtDNA of your mother's mother's ... mother's line.  By testing, you learn your haplogroup – which tells you which "branch of woman" you descend from on your maternal side.   In addition to learning your Haplogroup, you'll be told of the mutations that are present.  These allow you the possibility of locating those with whom you share a maternal heritage.  Often, this is too far in the past to be able to link paper trails, but a number of folks have started mtDNA projects to increase the learning.  We have a lot of hope for the potential.  More information about mtDNA: 

Additionally, you can sponsor a male from your surname family of interest.  This allows you to participate in your ancestral surname DNA project.  Surname DNA (yDNA) looks at the DNA that a man inherits from his father's (paternal) side.  This represents his father’s father’s … father’s line.  The y-chromosome (yDNA) results are compared with two or more men to see if they share a common male ancestor.  You will have to find a male to represent your line in the DNA project.  This male must be directly descended, through males, from your common ancestor.  Sometimes you'll have to go back up the family tree and come back down to a living male that shares a x-grandfather with you and carries the surname you want tested.  For example: 

Did your father have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
Did your grandfather have brothers?  Did they have sons?  Did their sons have sons?
Did your great-grandfather ... Did your gg-grandfather ... etc
Any one of the men you find with the above questions can represent your family with a yDNA (surname) test.

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