how do I find maternal great grand mother's parents.. and haplogroup. I have done my maternal test and others. thank you

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WikiTree profile: Marguerite Brien
in Genealogy Help by Aline Legault G2G Crew (730 points)

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Hi Marguerite,

DNA tests are awesome tools to have to confirm the paper trail. It's uncertain if you're looking for the records or just looking for a database of users with the same haplogroup.

mtDNA works well to confirm relationships when you have multiple people that have tested on 23andMe or taken a mtDNA test, but it has limitations. Since it is only passed down from a Mother to her children, you need testers from your great grandmother's daughters and their daughters to confirm the mtDNA commonality. This is great when you have records to substantiate, but it is not helpful in determining surnames for unknown parents.

If you have taken an autosomal DNA test you may be able to determine your GGM's parents using the Collins Leeds method of sorting through your DNA matches and looking for commonalities in their trees. The more distant the relationship, the harder it is to figure out, but not impossible.

Good Luck!

by S Leeland G2G6 Mach 5 (59.2k points)

forgive my ignorance, I am by passing a few thank you steps. a rush day, but I have to add that the parents listed only confuses people, also on ancestry, these parents were good to her, but NOT the natural parents and they are those I am looking for. my haplogroup I would think would help prove that her mother is truly my 4th ggm. but this lady is H1C23, and I am H1h1. is there a list of folks under the haplogroups. I can look them up, and see. this lady is not my MT DNA. As much as yes I respect all she did for Marguerite it is not to be thought as natural mother. Can they please be removed? and yes if there is a way to place them in an honorable place to show respect. I am honestly looking much daily and need to know how I can find her and what I can do.. please and I thank you!!

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