March Madness mtDNA Mega Weekend Sale

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Family Tree DNA has blown the doors off the pricing of mitochondrial DNA full sequence testing this time – but just for a limited time. This is only a weekend sale and it ends April 1.

To put this in perspective, when I purchased the full sequence test, a few years ago, the price of the test was just south of a grand. Today, if you order the full sequence test, it’s only $139, reduced from $199. There’s no need anymore to consider testing at the lower levels. The only reason to have ever tested at lower levels was price – and now that’s not a consideration anymore.

If you have already tested at the HVR1 or HVR2 levels, there are sales on upgrades to the MEGA, or full sequence test.

  • mtHVR1toMEGA Upgrade – Was $149 US Now $99 US
  • mtHVR2toMEGA Upgrade – Was $159 US Now $89 US

Your mitochondrial DNA will track your direct matrilineal line – meaning that of your mother, her mother, her mother right on up your family tree – like a laser light beam – back beyond surnames into the mists of history. Your mitochondrial line is shown by the red circles, below. Everyone, males and females, carry mitochondrial DNA – so everyone can take this test.

Y and mito

Who were your people? Where were they from? What can we tell about them and their migration and settlement patterns and history? Those secrets are all held in your mitochondrial DNA, passed from an entire series of female ancestors directly to you.

To not test your mitochondrial DNA is to not open the door of discovery readily available to you!  And who among genealogists doesn’t want to know about their ancestors?  Most of us want to know every scrap available, and mitochondrial DNA is a very big piece of your own personal family history, compliments of your maternal ancestors!

I’ve written several articles on my blog about mitochondrial DNA in different contexts.

One of my favorite, though, is about my own journey of mitochondrial discovery.

CeCe Moore also wrote an article today about mitochondrial DNA testing.

But you’ll have to hurry to get this price. The sale ends on April 1, at 11:59 PM, Central Time – and that’s no April Fool joke! Click here to order a new test or sign on to your personal page and click on “upgrade” if you have already tested at the HVR1 or HVR2 levels.

17 thoughts on “March Madness mtDNA Mega Weekend Sale

  1. I saved $110 on the upgrade. I had wanted to do this for several years, so glad to catch this opportunity.

    Sent from Samsung tablet

  2. I am the only one (female) in my family to test and it was AncestryDNA, which is now in FamilyTreeDNA and run through Don Worth’s program.
    I am 67 and there are no ancestors left to test, so how will I find my second great grandparents on my mother’s side? Yes, I have a sister and cousins ( both male and female) but none of them are willing to take any DNA test.


      • Sorry for the “find”. I meant to ask how will MTDNA enable me to contact and verify any relations from doing more DNA testing vs researching records in the countries I know they came from? I am not trying to go back thousands of years, maybe five or six hundred.

        • Your mitochondrial results apply only to the direct maternal lines. You may or may not be lucky enough to match someone else with the same common ancestor. Most people don’t. Some do. I had one this week that did. And one last week. But I hadn’t seen one in awhile before that. MtDNA is probably more useful if you have a theory to test and the right people to test it. Like, you want to know if a child was from a first or second wife. Or you want to know if your ancestor was a sister to another person. So you don’t know before you test and there are no guarantees. However, your DNA is fishing for you 24X7 and I expect the full sequence mtDNA data base to grow quite a bit with this sale.

    • My inexpert two cents: Mitochondrial testing isn’t going to help a lot of people. The limitations have been well-documented on this blog and elsewhere. Mitochondrial DNA is inherently a poor tool for answering the questions most genealogists are asking about direct maternal lines. If you’re especially lucky, you might be able to rule out a hypothesis or two with your mitochondrial DNA, but stumbling upon an interesting genealogical find is unlikely. The contrast with autosomal and Y DNA is stark.

      I think the vast majority of genetic genealogists who have a hundred dollar bill burning a hole in their pocket would be far better off spending the money on another autosomal test. Maybe full sequence mitochondrial testing will be relatively cost effective when (and if) it ever drops to about 10 bucks.

  3. I have loaded both my Geno 2.0 results and 23andMe results to FTDNA. To take advantage of this offer, do I need to start from scratch and do a new “spit test”, or can I upgrade from the previous uploads?

    • When 23andMe results are uploaded, it’s only data, not DNA or vials. With Geno 2.0, you’ll need to check with FTDNA. I know initially they did not utilize the same vials, but I seem to recall that has changed.

  4. Thanks so much. I got the offer this morning, and had thought about dropping you a note to see if it added an advantage to what I already had. I will go ahead and get the upgrade.

    Elizabeth Martin

    Younger DNA project member

  5. I have read these posts, some negative, some positive, but I am the kind of person who sees the glass as half full, not half empty. In contrast, my experience with dna testing has filled my glass to 3/4, and thats fantastic for an adoptee. I have already veried my paternal surname, & cousins and I have faith to believe this Mtdna full sequence will help me to verify my maternal line as well. I see the goal line, sitting on the 75 yd line now after 5 yrs.

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  7. I am going to order the test and have recently submitted my dna through dna tribes and really wish I had come across your blog before I had done that. I think my money would have been better spent through FTDNA. I have family willing to do the tests just not willing to pay and I am on a very limited budget. I am very curious about my Dad’s Maternal line and my Aunt is willing to take the test, but also would like to compare what mine would say since it is such a different test than dna tribes and of course wondered if having my Mom take it would that benefit me more than doing mine again.
    My questions….What difference would it make for my mom to take it instead of me? Would the results find out more having a different generation take the test in the same line? It has been difficult finding information in my Dad’s maternal line. I have my great-grandmas, immigration info as coming in 1912 from Austria/Slovenia and her maiden name Medvescek. Long story about the rest and I will spare you, but it is tough to find records or information. Will my Aunt taking the test confirm or expand about where my Grandma’s line originated without doubt and maybe find connections? I would have to add family finder later can only do one test this time. Eventually will do my brothers or male cousin for my Cauffman side. I have been reading your blog posts ever since I found it a few weeks ago and have re-read many. Thank you for all your hard work and devotion, Roberta!!

    • When you have a choice always test the “older” person. That way, if something were to happen to your mother, her DNA is archives at Family Tree DNA and you can still run the autosomal. As far as the mitochondrial DNA, it shouldn’t make a difference, unless a mutation has happened between you and her, but for autosomal, it makes a big difference.

      • Your dedication to helping all of us with all these questions, (and listening to me ramble on), and answering so promptly amazes me. Thank you, Roberta!! You’re the best!

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