Which shows descent, in the female-line only, from Gormlaith ingen Finn ua Caellaide
The listing at Leo van de Pas' Genealogics database is not guaranteed to be exhaustive, but can knowing what it shows there answer any other genealogy questions?
Matrilines are rarely studied in genealogy because, not sharing your surname, they seem more distant, and also because mt-DNA evidently changes more slowly than Y-DNA.
Leo is showing two distinct groups of modern survivors of this line
The descendants of Lady Anne Neville b. est 1462 d. Bef 1486
and the descendants of her purported sister Lady Lucy Nevill b. 1468 d. 25 Mar 1534
So if the mt-DNA among these living females were compared from one group to the other, and found to be strikingly different, that would be evidence that this descent has a flaw somewhere. If they were found to be strikingly similar, that would be evidence that it does not.
So mt-DNA can be useful for something in genealogy.
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