My FamilyTreeDNA mtDNA Results and My Genealogy

In this post I will be discussing my mtDNA results, the results that I received from FamilyTreeDNA. I sent in my results back in August 29 2015 and was lucky that i got a deal on my mtDNA test, I got the full sequence for $169.00 instead of the $199.00 regular price.

As a matter of fact FamilyTreeDNA is currently having specials going on and the mtDNA is now also at $169.00, you can check all their specials here: FTDNA Tests (by the way if you order using this link, I get a little referral commission from them).

Back to the main topic of this post, so I sent in my sample in August and received my mtDNA sample on October 5, 2015. Not bad I got my results after almost just one month.

My FTDNA mtDNA Results

The results came in, my mtDNA is a D1.

What the heck does this even mean?

To be honest I was disappointed with what I got, I was just looking at it at face value.

D1, is that it?

I felt that I had paid too much. After thinking about it I realized that I felt like this since I had no idea of what to do with my results.

I was not knowledgeable enough as to what to do next. After reading up more on mtDNA I realized that I was provided with the mutations that make my mtDNA unique. These are located on the HVR1 and HVR2 coding regions. These mutations is what you use to find close matches to you.

What did D1 mean?

Well it meant that my mother’s DNA belongs to one of four DNA groups identified as Native American and that has only been in the Americas for the past 25,000 years.

mtDNA Migraption Patterns from FamilyTreeDNA

mtDNA migration patterns

click on the image to get FamilyTreeDNA’s migration map or click here.

How My Results Helped in My Genealogy

For some time I could not find the parents of my 5th great grandmother Maria Estefana de Lizarraras y Cuellar whom was my mothers direct maternal ancestor. That was until a distant cousin provided me with the copy of the Revilla Padron that showed her with her parents.

This document is the only record that I have been able to find that lists her parents. Fortunately there are no other Stefana’s mentioned during that time period, but that was not proof enough for me.

After Crispin Rendon sent me my family tree I realized that this line when all the way back to Catalina Ponce whom was married to Melchor Reyes back in the 1600’s.

I also found out through him that one person linking up to Catalina had already tested.

When I got my results Crispin sent me an email stating that I was a match to her but that there was even a closer match to me on the Mexico DNA project. Youc an see the matches here below.

My FTDNA mtDNA Matches

Here are my two matches

mtDNA Results

The first Line and third lines are my matches my results are the one sin the middle. As you can see we all are D1 and there are many other D1’s out there. Now the interesting part as I mentioned is the mutation of HVR1 and HVR2 coding regions.

On the above image the third column is HVR1 and HVR2. The above image shows that the top person is an exact match to me.

We all three have traced our maternal ancestors back to the Mexican state of Zacatecas.

The person below me is missing one of my mutations. Honestly I have no idea as to why but we are a match. Catalina had a daughter by the name of Josefa but also there is no documentation to indicate that Josefa Ximenez may also be Josefa Reyes.

The thing is, we three have a common ancestor but mtDNA is measured in a time frame of thousands of years. Now is Catalina our common ancestor? If so why does my second match show a different mutation than mine?

For now I think that my mtDNA solidifies that Maria Estefana de Lizarraras y Cuellar is a descendant of Catalina Ponce and is only another piece of evidence besides the Padron record that my distant cousins found.

Now all this is new to me and I know I still have a ton to learn about mtDNA. My above conclusion may change at any time based on new research and or documentation that may be found.

If you have some insight into this let me know. Please leave your comments in the comment section below this post. Also if you are interested in taking an mtDNA test make sure to check FTDNA prices here: FTDNA Tests (by the way if you order using this link, I get a little referral commission from them, thanks in advance).

1 Comment

  1. Moises, I enjoyed reading your post. The icon for showing your matches did not work for me. I am using Google chrome as my browser. Anyway I know about your matches and am happy you are sharing your story with us.

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