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From: Lannie Walker <>
Subject: [ROOTS-L] Re: ROOTS-L Digest V03 #192 ------ DNA
Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2003 10:30:28 -0600
Shirley's post gives me a good entry about a subject for which
I am seeking FIRST HAND knowledge (not something someone
heard somewhere) about determining ancestry based upon female
mitochondrial DNA testing. I don't want to get too wordy, but I
do need to explain my problem in hopes that some female out there
has actually participated in such a search.
I received an email from a researcher asking me how certain I am
that my gggrandmother Scottt's maiden surname was Perkins. Turns
out there is no official proof just what her name was. He quoted me
some vital statistics on a Nancy Kirkland whose dates of birth and
marriage and name of husband matched my John and Nancy Scott
as well as in the same Alabama County . Now there is NO chance
of using a male line Y-Chromosome DNA test (which I am involved
on my Walker surname) so my only hope is a known female descendant
of my John and Nancy and in a strictly mother-daughter chain. I have
one that fits that category and we know her lineage absolutely. The
Alabama John Scott/Nancy Kirkland folks know of no daughters
from that marriage but they do know about Nancy Kirkland's mother
and also know that Nancy Kirkland had sisters. My problem is to
locate one that has the mother-daughter female lineage to the
present. Now as I see it, if my female cousin has her mtDNA tested
(and she is willing) and I can find a female descendant of Nancy
Kirkland's mother who fits the mother-daughter lineage and she gets
her DNA tested, how does the female DNA profile differ from the
male surname DNA profile? In the male case, there is a 25 marker test
and even in my subgroup we have proven that a 25 of 25 match between
two individuals prove (to my satisfaction at least) that they both descend
from a recent ancestor.
I am desparately looking for a female that has had either satisfactory or
unsatisfactory results from female DNA testing.
>Date: Sat, 8 Mar 2003 17:59:34 EST
>Subject: DRAKE, VA
>A recent DNA sample showed I am descended from Isle of Wight, VA DRAKEs.
>I have no paper trail at all leading to my Simon Drake, born about 1785
>somewhere, probably NC.
>Does anyone have abstracts of wills from Isle of Wight or Southampton Cos.,
>VA that could check for a Simon Drake or his wife, Patience Gregory Drake?
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