mtDNA Quick Guide

mtDNA Quick Guide


Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) carries with it an indestructible record of your direct maternal line.  This guide covers the basics of mtDNA testing, and how to harness its power in maternal line research. This guide will fully explain the different kinds of DNA tests, and importantly, how to use the results of testing to further your genealogical goals.

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Mitochondrial DNA for the Genealogist

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is a type of DNA passed down from a mother to all of her children. However, only females can pass it on to the next generation. This guide covers the different mtDNA available, as well as how to use these results in your family history.

  • What Can mtDNA Do for You?

  • How Does mtDNA Work?

  • What Do I Get?

  • Getting Tested

  • Your mtDNA Profile

  • mtDNA Match Page

  • Matches Map

  • mtDNA Haplogroups

  • mtDNA And Your Health