Just got my mtDNA last week and am trying to understand it all. The furthest back I could go with my mother's mother's mother, etc., was to a Native American woman in Washington State,
So it was quite a surprise to see so many Spanish/Mexican-sounding names.
I am said to be C1b and there was just one match for that - but many matches for just C. I cannot say that I understand much of this yet! The one C1b has Mexican/Spanish roots. The one thing that might make sense for me is that the Spanish were here in the Pacific Northwest in the 1700s. So perhaps one of those sea-faring captains brought along some women they acquired in the Mexico area along the way, left them in Washington State, where they became the ancestress of many subsequent generations?
I was adopted and know nothing about my birth father, but I guess none of this will help me with that. I do know of some grandfathers and great-grandfathers etc. from France and England.
I had both the Family Finder and the mtDNAFull Sequence tests one.
Anyone else a C1b match with Pacific Northwest Native American roots?
I clicked on your name and was brought to your posting so it did indeed show up. I was classified as a B2B so I am Spanish but I am supposed to have Native American in me also on my mothers side and I'm guessing it stems from way back before the family arrived at Spain. I had my test performed via National Geographic Geno project and it can be confusing. I didn't know much about my fathers side of the family but I was able to trace them back to England via Family Search.org. Good luck to you in your endeavors!
Many thanks for your prompt reply, Diane! Guess I misunderstood and thought you were C1b also. Sure is interesting, isn't it! I thought that National Geographic project did look interesting too.