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    I cannot find a donor for a certain line of mtDNA. Is there a way to search the last known female ancestors in the entire database to see if the info I need is already there?

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    I am guessing you are looking for mtDNA from the same or very close line.

    The simplest way would be to have mtDNA tested here, since many people (for a variety reasons!) are not joining mtDNA projects. Otherwise (if you already tested elsewhere) you would need to look through the relevant projects, but then you can only see HVR1 and HVR2.

    Is there some problem with testing here?


    Mr. W.

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    • #3
      I think DTJ isn't a matrilineal descendant of the ancestor whose mtDNA he or she is interested in.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by ltd-jean-pull View Post
        I think DTJ isn't a matrilineal descendant of the ancestor whose mtDNA he or she is interested in.
        Oh...

        I had mistakenly thought that the question was asked on behalf a family that was looking for a mtDNA donor, but could not find matching mtDNA yet.


        Mr. W.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by DTJ View Post
          Is there a way to search the last known female ancestors in the entire database to see if the info I need is already there?
          Not that I'm aware of.

          There used to be a way of searching for names in FTDNA customers' trees, if the tree was public, but that was removed in February - and it might not have been much help anyway, as the customer's name was often not revealed.

          I suggest you ask FTDNA directly. But not by phone! Use their Request form: log in to your account, scroll down the page to Contact Us, then when the new page opens up scroll down to Support and click on "Open a request". Make it clear why you're asking. And make sure you tick the Captcha box before you submit your request, otherwise it won't go through. Also, be prepared to wait up to a week for a reply.

          If the answer is no ... Can you find that maternal line on any reliable trees online, and get in touch with the tree owners? Or maybe post the maternal-line names in a public forum (I assume these women are no longer alive, and are perhaps long gone), in case a direct matrilineal descendant is researching them? The latter is very much a long shot, though

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          • #6
            If your most distant known female ancestor lived a country where genetic genealogy is popular, for example Sweden, there may be resources. Here is an example, link is also on FTDNAs Sweden Project:

            The Swedish Haplogroup Database

            http://dna.scangen.se/index.php?show=search&lang=en

            You could also post your plea for help to surname message boards.

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            • #7
              What are you actually trying to find out through mtDNA testing?

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