Re: mtDNA matches #dna

Todd Leavitt

mtDNA certainly serves a purpose, but one must be cautious about reaching any conclusions regarding its actual value. My 92 year old mother belongs to haplogroup K1a1b1a, likely the most common group for Ashkenazi Jews. On FTDNA, she has over 425 0-step (i.e. no mutations present) matches! Compare that to my wife (who also turned out to be my cousin, sharing 85 cMs of DNA, probably on our maternal lines) who belongs to haplogroup H3p, and has only 14 0-step matches. Ultimately, both of them will trace back to Ancestral Eve. 

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