You can use DNA testing to trace and link female lines just as we’re using DNA to trace and link the male lines.The female lines are harder to trace because the SURNAME changes with each generation, and there’s no good way to find a match among all the different SURNAMEs. Well, there are two steps we can take to make it much easier: 1. “Design” a female-line DNA project, so you know whose DNA will be tested, and 2. Focus on female ancestors who are BARTLETTs or who married BARTLETTs and use the BARTLETT-DNA Project to help track the DNA and find others with similar lines – much the way we do for the male-BARTLETT lines.
DNA is a very accurate, and therefore powerful, tool for genealogists. We have Y-DNA that comes from a male BARTLETT ancestor down to living male BARTLETTs who can be tested; and mtDNA that comes from a female BARTLETT ancestor or a BARTLETT wife down through all-female lines to living sons or daughters who can be tested.Remember that mtDNA is passed from a mother to her children (men can’t pass it on).
So if you’re interested in tracing some female lines with DNA, here’s your actions:
1. “Design” a project! Start with a female BARTLETT ancestor or the wife of a male BARTLETT ancestor, and trace her daughters, then her daughter’s daughters, etc. The last, living, generation to be mtDNA tested can be a son or daughter, because both will have their mother’s mtDNA.Their mtDNA test will reveal the mtDNA of the Matriarch you started with, AND all of her female-line ancestors.If you want to confirm the biology (and genealogy) of this line, trace a separate line from your ancestress, and see if the mtDNA matches.
I can’t post costs here, but they are available at the link, before you’re committed, or I can tell you by private email if you want.
2. Let me know the female lines (and the BARTLETT connection) you are working on, and I will track the mtDNA and the lines, much the same way I do now for the Y-DNA BARTLETT project.
Just to let you know my plans, I’m working on the following mtDNA lines:
Elizabeth ____ m Thomas BARTLETT c1705-1783: tracing 4 daughters = Anne 1729 m Charles JONES; Mary b c1736 m Thomas SCOTT; Bathsehba b c1740 m Charles FONES; Sarah b c1742 m Joseph SCATES – all lived in Richmond Co, VA
Anne ____ married Thomas BARTLETT c1730-1806: tracing 4 daughters = Susannah b c1752 m Reuben STROTHER (Fauquier Co, VA); Elizabeth b c1754 1m Sanford CARROLL; 2m Thomas ASBURY (Harrison Co, VA); Sarah b c1767 m George FOWKE (to Montgomery Co, KY); Nancy b c1769 m Thomas HALL (to Nelson Co, KY)
Sarah HATHAWAY m William BARTLETT b 1756: tracing 3 daughters = Nancy m 1791 Stephen POWELL (to OH); Dorothy m 1806 Samuel SELVEY; Sarah m c1822 Alfred LESTER
Anne BARKLEY m 1780 John BARTLETT; tracing 5 daughters = Malinda m 1801 Thomas BARTLETT (WV) [mtDNA-148229]; Sarah m 1807 John ALLEN (WV); Fanny m 1809 William BARTLETT (WV); Nancy Ann m 1812 Gamaliel WALDO (to IN); Mary ?m
Jim Bartlett 4 Grandparents’ DNA: E1b1b1a2 – H – R1b1b2 – T2b6 [I’m a real mutt] BARTLETT-DNA Project Admin