Finding Mary WHITAKER, part 1 of ? – mtDNA U5a1(i1a1) – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 127)

Reading about the possibility of determining your direct maternal ancestor via Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) testing can be discouraging. “Woman don’t have the luxury of carrying their surnames from generation to generation.” “Common ancestors on mtDNA lines tend to be too far back to be of any genealogical use.” “Mitochondrial DNA testing can determine where in history your direct maternal line is from, but finding cousins and common ancestors had best be left to Autosomal DNA testing.” “It is hard to do.” I have spent my life in HARD and DISCOURAGING and IMPROBABLE, so I am not dissuaded. Continue reading