A mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) test looks at your female-inherited mitochondrial DNA. Historic records are often inadequate for women’s history. Maternal DNA testing offers you the opportunity to at least partially overcome that barrier, and by testing your mtDNA, you will learn about your maternal heritage in both recent and ancient times.
FamilyTreeDNA offers the mtFull Sequence (mtDNA Full Genomic Sequence) test. This test is the preferred test for understanding the genealogy, historic, and ancient ancestry of your direct maternal line. By testing the full mitochondrial genome, you will be placed in one of the hundreds of mtDNA haplogroup subclades according to current published peer-reviewed literature. Each subclade has a unique migration history that traces from ancient times through more recent historic events.
For genealogical research, you are assured of ruling out lineage mismatches for paper trail comparisons. You will also achieve the highest level of confidence possible that your mtDNA full sequence matches are related to you within the genealogical time frame.
The mtFull Sequence test:
- Sequences nucleotides 00001 to 00547 (HVR2).
- Sequences nucleotides 00575 to 16000 (coding region).
- Sequences nucleotides 16001 to 16569 (HVR1).
- Provides mtDNA Haplogroup and Sublcade.
- Allows you to confidently rule out possible genealogical connections and confirm relationships.
- Provides both ancient and historic migration paths.
Frequently Asked Questions
- HVR1 runs from nucleotide 16001 to nucleotide 16569.
- HVR2 runs from nucleotide 00001 to nucleotide 00574.
- The coding region runs from nucleotide 00575 to nucleotide 16000.