Happy Mothers Day — My “Umbilical Line”

by Scott Jangro on May 9, 2010

On this Mother’s Day I thought it would be fun to post our matrilineal lines, in other words, our lines up through our mothers, and their mothers, and so on.

In the genealogy blogosphere, there’s a meme going on this weekend to post about our maternal line, like Randy Seaver has done here.

This, by the way, is where we get our mitochondrial DNA, or mtDNA, which is passed in its entirety from a mother to her children. It just so happens that I purchased a DNA test from 23andme.com a few weeks ago when they had their $99 special. Though as I stare at this test kit to spit into, I admit I’m getting cold feet.

Have you had a DNA test of any type for genealogy purposes?

Anyway, here’s my line, that I’ve also posted as a journal here on FamilyTreeCircles.

- Scott JANGRO (that’s me)
- [living] BAKER m. [living] JANGRO
- Dora Helen MCILWRAITH (1915-1982) m. Robert Slade BAKER
- Margaret HOURIHAN (1890-1931) m. Robert MCILWRAITH
- Frances Mary LYNCH (????) m. Thomas HOURIHAN

That’s it! It ends quickly with the jump to Ireland, which is where the line ends. I don’t even have documentation on Frances and Thomas.

This is where I get my Irish and Scottish blood. I wish we had more. Someday I’ll make a trip to Ireland

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!

If you’d like to post your own matrilineal line as a journal, just start here.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Sansom May 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm

I have had my Y DNA test done on 67 markers and will be doing the mtDNA test as well as a deep clad. I don’t worry about it now since we leave DNA on anything we touch. So, why bother hiding it.


Scott Jangro May 9, 2010 at 2:35 pm

You’re certainly right about that Michael. After all, we give our blood to insurance companies to test without a second thought. And of course if you watch CSI, you know that we leave our DNA all over the place. ;)

I’m not exactly sure what my reluctance is. I think I’m less worried about letting my DNA out there as much as I am about discovering some genetic disposition to illness, especially if it’s false!


lynda clary May 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

both of my parents were only children, so no aunts ,uncles or cousins. To add to our isolation, we moved 1500 miles from my parent’s homes. I wanted to know where I came from. Now I know my haplogroup(j*,j1,j1a,j1b,j2,j3).I have been researching my family tree and found a cousin! We may be 3rd. cousins, but we’re family. She sent pictures of people I never knew about and I’m thrilled. Now, I’m stumped. I can’t find Rebecca Clary’s parents. She was born in 1704. As far as disease goes, maybe testing will provide answers to that terrible question:why?


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