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From: "Bonnie Thomas Chaffin" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Quetion? Maternal Match and mtDNAPlus testing
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2003 19:25:35 -0500
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Thank you for that answer. That helped me as well. One more question on
the topic... I know back 9 generations to the female in my direct female
line who came to this country (USA) from Alsace/Lorraine (this is how the
record is labeled although I know understand it should be one or the other).
If I found another direct female from her, would our mtDNA match? Would the
variations be similar to those discussed for Y-DNA?

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Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 12:00 PM
Subject: Re: [DNA] Quetion? Maternal Match and mtDNAPlus testing

> In a message dated 11/19/03 9:07:38 AM Pacific Standard Time,
> writes:
> > 1) The difference between FTDNA's Maternal Match and mtDNAPlus tests
> Maternal Match covers a part of the mtDNA molecule called HyperVariable
> Region 1 (HVR1), and mtDNAPlus covers HVR1 and HVR2.
> > 2) What the results will tell you about yourself - for either of the
> You can learn your haplogroup (what Bryan Sykes called "The Seven
> of Eve" for European haplogroups) from either test. Haplogroups are broad
> categories showing your deep ancestry from thousands of years ago. You may
> have some additional changes within your haplogroup which narrow the pool
> people you match with, but your common ancestor could have lived thousands
> years ago.
> > 3) Which of these would be best to recommend to someone in our group
> >
> > I have had several people in our groups ask about this and I just
> > can't seem to send them an 'intelligent' answer.
> Is this a surname group? Since mtDNA follows the straight maternal line,
> surname changes with every generation. A woman with the surname is just a
> flash in the pan, so to speak (her mother and her children have different
> surnames), so you can't really compile a data set of mtDNA types
characteristic of the
> surname. But individuals can take advantage of the group discount if
> interested in their straight maternal line.
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