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Some Interesting News Yesterday Plus Riddles

Images above:
1: Ayesart at the age of 14
2: Ayesart's Mother
3: Ayesart's Grandmother

Yesterday I received an E mail from a good friend of mine. We met via a Forum that explored the genealogy of Moca Puerto Rico.

The E mail she sent me contained questions about her recent mtDNA test that had been done by a famous genealogy company that's online.

Her mtDNA sequences within HVR2 matched my sequences one hundred percent telling me that we shared the same maternal genetic ancestry. She is the one hundreth mtDNA match. Her heritage is from Puerto Rico.

I have decided to share with you the places where people who match my maternal mtDNA are from.
I think you will find it very interesting.

Haplo Group Country Number of people who match

Argentina 2

C Belize 1

C Bolivia 2

C Brazil 1

C Canada 7

C Chile 4

C Basque 1

C Colombia 2

C Cuba 2

C Ecuador 4

C France 2

C Germany 2

C Guatemala 1

C Mexico 45

C Peru 4

C Puerto Rico 48

C Puerto Rico Native American 2 (Unclaimed Taino Heritage)

C Puerto Rico Taino 5 (Family Verbal History plus Genetics)

C Russian Federation 1

C Spain 8

C United States 23 (Indigenous, but whom? Which Tribe? Or do these numbers reflect PR's who have moved here?

C United States Native American 1

C Venezuela 2

C1 Mexico 2

C1b Puerto Rico 1

C1c Mexico 1

High Resolution Matches (HVR1+HVR2) Haplogroup Country Comment Count

C Mexico 1

C Puerto Rico 12

C Puerto Rico Native American 1

C Puerto Rico Taino 5

C1b Puerto Rico 1

The letter of my ancestral Haplo Group is C. This means that I come from an Indigenous heritage from my mother's maternal ancestors.

The chart states that I have matches in Puerto Rico that are Haplo Group C. This means that the people who match my ancestral maternal mtDNA share a common female ancestor with me.
You will notice that in Puerto Rico I have 48 matches that aren't listed as being indigenous. This might mean that these people have Spanish heritage but are Mestizos because of their Haplo Group C which is indigenous.

I also have listed, Puerto Rico Native American. These are persons who haven't changed their mtDNA kits to reflect their Taino Heritage. Perhaps they don't have a verbal family history like I do.

I have 5 Taino Puerto Rican mtDNA matches. I fought for this to reflect on my mtDNA test kit because I do have a family verbal history on both sides of my family. It took me three months of E mails to FTDNA plus submission of a scientific paper. Only 5 people have acknowledged their ancestry as coming from Taino.

In the United States I have 23 Indigenous mtDNA matches. Does this mean they are descendants of Taino who were shipped out from Puerto Rico during the repartamiento? Most likely because Taino mtDNA is like no other Indigenous mtDNA because it is a founding mtDNA that became unique and very private and differs from American Indian, Central American Indian and South American Indian mtDNA sequences.

Now, you will also see that I have very large numbers of mtDNA matches in Mexico, forty five. My parent was born in Salinas, Puerto Rico, her parents were born in Salinas as were my great grandparents.
The 5th great grand parents is another story. Three generations of de Jesus Santos were born in Coamo, Puerto Rico, before that they were de Silva who had immigrated from the Canary Islands and before that, Portugal and Spain. On my maternal grand mother's side were the Maldonado. They came out of Spain, moved to Portugal and the Canary islands and then went on to conquer most of the known world on behalf of their king and queen. The paternal ancestry and maternal ancestry had their roots in Europe.
This is where the French, Russian and German sequences come in, but they are Haplo group C.

Since the Mexican matches are very high I began to trace back my ancestry and that led me back to the Maldonado who had married the Moctezuma descendants. This means that Aztec Indigenous sequences mixed in with the Taino Founding sequences and blotted out the Spanish Haplo Group sequences.
Spanish Haplo Group sequences are L, K2 and R1b1.

There is also the possibility that my Taino ancestors ended up in Mexico during the repartamiento in Puerto Rico during the 1500's and 1600's. Or were they brought there by Spanish who had mixed their genetics with Taino women?

MtDNA genetic science is still young and it cannot split hairs that would reveal and segregate Aztec, Peruvian and Taino mtDNA sequences that might have merged together yet...

The Haplo groups C1, C1b and C1c Follow this URL for a full explanation of these three Haplo Groups:

The C1, C1b and C1c are informing me of the repartamientos that went on within other parts of the Spanish empire of Indigenous people who might have been brought to Puerto Rico after the Taino began coming close to diminished population numbers.

So, the riddle continues....

I hope this post has helped someone along the path...


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