Within a time space of less than 24 hours I have just read The Seven Daughters of Eve by Bryan Sykes. What can I say – fascinating, absolutely fascinating! Although published in 2001 – 14 years and much DNA research since then – it gives an account of the progress since the beginning of the 1980’s of DNA discoveries – and what it means to the ordinary genealogist – especially from mitochondrial DNA testing.
Why would I be so interested? I’ve shared with you the first attempt at DNA testing through Ancestry.com, my fascination with it, and the desire to learn more. One of my Christmas presents was mitochondrial DNA testing through Family Tree DNA – my family knows me well! My cheeks have been swabbed and the specimens sent in! Now I wait for the results. This book came to me at the most opportune time! My maternal line starts with my mother, Catherine Lyons Carrico, to her mother, Mary Alice Montgomery, Frances Barber Linton, Catherine Elizabeth Taylor, Susan Clark Edwards, Nancy Linton, Ann Nancy Mason, Elizabeth Berkley, and her mother, Elizabeth Hancock, born about 1694 in Stafford County, Virginia. I hope to learn not only more in this line, but information about my far past ancestors – those who lived 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. Is this possible? I am not sure, but am anxious to know!
How many of you have taken the test? Were you surprised, pleased, unhappy with your results? Were they helpful in your research? Since I am such a novice about DNA I hesitate to write much more than what I’ve found about my own tests and what I’ve read. Believe me, there will be more to come later!