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Old 7th June 2011, 08:43 PM
veramiller veramiller is offline
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MTDNA- mother's mother/mother's father

I am confused. Is MTDNA only for mother's mother's mother's..... Will it pick up anything for my mother's father's families? Or do I need my brother to do a test for me?
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Old 7th June 2011, 09:22 PM
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MtDNA

Hi,

The mtDNA only tests your mother's, mother's, etc. line. Your brother also gets his mother's mtDNA so testing him will only give you the same information. To test your mother's father's line you would need an an Uncle or Male Cousin with the same surname as your mother's father and that would be a YDNA test.

To test all of your family lines you could do the family finder test.

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Old 8th June 2011, 12:06 AM
Wilma Wildcat Wilma Wildcat is offline
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When you look at a family tree in the "pedigree" mode, the mitDNA covers the individuals listed on the outermost edge of the triangle along the bottom made by the mothers; and the yDNA covers the individuals listed on the outermost edge of the triangle along the top made by the fathers.

For all the individuals inside the triangle of the tree, you'll need Family Finder test. Unfortunately, only the two former tests give results from a distinct line; the Family Finder test can't tell you what DNA came from which individual like the first two tests.
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Old 8th June 2011, 11:24 AM
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mtDNA only looks at one line, the direct maternal. It is possible to test other related lines but you need a different appropriate direct female-line descendant in every case.

For example, I am testing my paternal grandfather's father, R.'s, mtDNA line through R.'s sister's daughter's daughter's son. I am a male-line descendant of R., and testing myself will tell me nothing about R's mtDNA.

It will also tell me nothing about R's father's side. If I wanted to know about R's father DNA, I would have to find a cousin who has uninterrupted descent along R's father's mother's direct maternal line.
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Old 9th June 2011, 12:03 PM
veramiller veramiller is offline
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Thanks, everyone. I have this figured out now.
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