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  • shelley@minkyadoo

    Hi Liv:
    Is there a follow-up post to the results of your mtDNA test. My father has agreed to submitting his DNA for my genealogy journey and I was wondering what was the best place to get tested. Looking at your site has been helpful.

    • http://claimingkin.com Liv Taylor-Harris

      Hi shelley@minkyadoo! Thanks for checking out my mtDNA post. I have not posted a follow-up just yet. That’s simply because after getting my results, I really needed to do some more research about my maternal females that my results come from. This hasn’t been an easy task because my mother’s mom died when she was 2 yrs old and was raised by her father’s mother and family. So she never really knew her mom’s family. So everything that I have discovered about that limb of my tree has been through collateral and cluster research. I’ve recently made a breakthrough that I will be blogging about in the coming months. So doing this test has helped. FamilyTreeDNA’s database also came back with the contact information of a relative who has exact mtDNA as mine as well. . . . woo-hoo!

      I tried FamilyTreeDNA first because it is based here in Houston. It is actually just up the freeway from my office. But I also want to have another test done via Ancestry too in the coming weeks (which folks are recommending along with a test at 23andMe.com too). Why 3 test? Experts say that each test gives you different perspectives on your DNA. What has helped me learn more about genetic genealogy and to have a place to ask a lot of questions is the couple of groups I’ve joined which I recommend to you as well since you are about to explore this field. Check out the DNA-NEWBIE list by the International Society of Genetic Genealogy – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DNA-NEWBIE/
      And if you join this group (which I recommend you do, be sure to set your membership to digest version because that list produces a lot of email) you must also join the society’s newsletter which doesn’t send you a lot of emails like the newbie one – http://groups.yahoo.com/group/isoggnewsletter/

      But I will be picking up where this post left off last year by this summer. I cannot wait to share my findings and more about a new relative that shares my mtDNA in Lafayette, Mississippi! Again, thanks for letting me know you are considering DNA testing with your research!