My latest edition of my umbilical line is linked here to a page for this blog. Two earlier versions were done for the births of nieces nos. 1 and 2. Also a version appeared in print in the old NEHGS NEXUS magazine. My third introduction says it all:
In the nine years between the 2nd and 3rd editions much has happened. What hasn’t happened is breaking through on this particular line of descent. I did try. I went through the Lyme, Connecticut Vital Records and copied down each Elizabeth born from 1680 to 1695. Eventually, I married them all off to other people, which means this Elizabeth was either from a place other than Lyme or her birth was not recorded. I have had my DNA tested and know that the mitochondrial DNA that is passed on mother to child for people in this study is the U5 haplogroup. That is the second oldest DNA markers to be found and dates back some 50,000 years. It is European and approximately 11% of all Europeans have this, and about 10% of all European-Americans. We now have three women of the next generation to pass down this particular DNA strand: Charlotte, Sidney, and Lilah. In between the births of Sidney and Lilah, there were four boys born, the last of which is only ten minutes older than his sister. But this study still remains for the girls.