This maternal ancestry DNA test sequences your maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). This allows you to trace the ancestry of your direct maternal lineage (your mother’s, mother’s, mother’s…maternal lineage). The mtDNA contains three regions: HVR1, HVR2, and Coding. Testing the HVR1 and HVR2 regions will allow you to make use of all of the search and analysis features of the database. Testing all three regions of the mtDNA is required to confirm your mtDNA haplogroup and subclade.
Both males and females have mtDNA, so both genders can take the mtDNA test to trace their maternal ancestry. However, only females will pass their mtDNA down to the next generation.
Trace the ancestry of your direct maternal lineage to:
- Define your maternal ethnic background
- Understand your maternal origins
- Search a global database for long-lost relatives on your maternal line
- Compare your mtDNA against famous people throughout history, including famous and infamous individuals, royalty, outlaws, world leaders, poets, and more
After you receive your results report, your journey continues online. Search one of four powerful complimentary DNA databases which will allow you to bring your ancestry research to the next level:
- DNA Reunion Database – Search for long lost family lines. Ideal for genealogists looking to expand their family tree and confirm or refute family legends, individuals looking for their biological parents and family members separated by adoption or other reasons (e.g. war).
- Indigenous DNA Database – Determine which indigenous groups are most similar to your DNA type.
- DNA Haplogroups Database – Trace you ancestry back over 100,000 years to its ancient roots in Africa.
- Famous DNA Database – Compare your DNA to famous or notable people in history.