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    Hi, I am totally new at all this. I am african american and trying to fill in some of the missing gaps of my lost ancestry. Now that I have the 1st DNA results...whats the next step logically....?? Thanks "Penny"

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    Originally posted by Penny
    Hi, I am totally new at all this. I am african american and trying to fill in some of the missing gaps of my lost ancestry. Now that I have the 1st DNA results...whats the next step logically....?? Thanks "Penny"
    Are you able to have your dad, your brother, or one of your dad's brothers tested for y-dna?

    That would be helpful.

    Sorry I can't be of more help. I'm new to this stuff myself.

    Were you in Batch 147 by any chance?

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      Batch 147 ????

      Thanks, Yes, I can have my paternal father tested. What is batch 147??? Please pardon my ignorance at all this... I have no immediate family and only met my father late in life so I really want to research this. I know that I have a great grandmother on my fathers side that was (Native American-Cherokee), and there is a lot of Irish (from slavery I presume). My results of the initial DNA are puzzling. I should probaly search my fathers surname Marable which was from a plantation owner.

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        Originally posted by Penny
        Hi, I am totally new at all this. I am african american and trying to fill in some of the missing gaps of my lost ancestry. Now that I have the 1st DNA results...whats the next step logically....?? Thanks "Penny"
        Have you uploaded your results to MitoSearch, and looked for near-matches?

        Keep in mind that the mtDNA test only looks at what you inherited from your mother's mother's mother's mother...

        If you could convince your brother or father to submit a yDNA test, you could then get a higher-precision idea of the heritage from your father's father's father's father...

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          Originally posted by Penny
          Thanks, Yes, I can have my paternal father tested. What is batch 147??? Please pardon my ignorance at all this... I have no immediate family and only met my father late in life so I really want to research this. I know that I have a great grandmother on my fathers side that was (Native American-Cherokee), and there is a lot of Irish (from slavery I presume). My results of the initial DNA are puzzling. I should probaly search my fathers surname Marable which was from a plantation owner.
          Batch 147 is the lab batch a bunch of us were in. Its results are just now coming in. It's not important, so don't worry about that.

          As Igmayka and I suggested, you should have your dad (and brother, if you have one) y-dna tested, if you can. That way you can get the info on your male line.

          MtDNA haplogroup W, as far as I can tell, is not an African haplogroup. It is found mainly in the Caucasus Mountains (between the Black and Caspian Seas - Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, etc.), the Middle East, and down into India. Looks like some of it extends up into Eastern and Central Europe, as well.

          Here is a pretty nifty set of haplogroup maps that might be of help. The Y-DNA maps come first, so you have to scroll down to get to the mtDNA map near the back. The maps were put together by a Chemistry professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and come with a fairly extensive set of y and mtDNA bibliographies.

          Welcome to the forum, and best of luck!
          Last edited by Stevo; 20 May 2006, 02:03 PM.

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