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Subject: [DNA] Value of mtdna
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2003 12:13:51 EST

Can mtdna help match individual families at all, or can it only match
haplogroups? I know that it traces the maternal line, but can it match one female
from, say, the Smith family of NY to the Smith family of WV?

It's just so frustrating that so many women want to contribute dna to the
surname project, to help find a common ancestor or prove that two families with
the same surname are related, but the mtdna is so limited in usefulness. And so
many men have no desire to help the project.

Amy McWhirter Hutton
McWhirter Surname Project

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