Mitochondria DNA (mtDNA) is used to test your mother's mother's ... mother's maternal ancestry. It It is difficult to use for genealogy, as the surname is changing every generation, but there are scattered reports of paper trail connections being made with mtDNA. And it holds promise for interesting results in our Palatine project.
See Palatine mt-DNA Project for results and maternal pedigrees.
We encourage everyone who has been mtDNA tested to join their mtDNA haplogroup project. See our mtDNA Haplogroup Projects page for more information.
If you are seeking information on your deep ancestry (1000s and 10,000s of years ago) the basic mtDNA test should be sufficient. (This test is sometimes called HVR1.)
If you wish to use your mtDNA result to confirm a maternal ancestry (you and another person share a common maternal ancestor) then you will gain by taking the mtDNA Plus test. (This test is sometimes called HVR1 + HVR2.)
If you wish to test your entire mtDNA sequence, then you’ll want the mtDNA Full Genetic Sequence test.. (FTDNA calls this test “Mega” because it tests your entire mtDNA so that no further testing will ever be necessary.)
You may upgrade from mtDNA to mtDNA Plus and to Mega in stages if you wish.
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