Mitochondrial DNA Projects – Full Sequence Authorization Changes

For people who administer DNA projects that include mitochondrial DNA results – and those who participate – a change in the location of settings at Family Tree DNA will necessitate updating instructions to participants to enable sharing of their full sequence results with project administrators. If the administrators can’t view the results, they can’t group participants appropriately.

This change only pertains to allowing administrators to view the results, and does not allow displaying of full sequence results.  In other words, Family Tree DNA didn’t add or take anything away – they just moved the furniture – in this case, into another room.  However, it’s a little difficult to find without a map – so that’s what I’m giving you.

Whatever a participant’s options were set to previously, they haven’t changed – just the location of those options has changed.  So if a participant has already authorized sharing (viewing) with project administrators, they don’t need to do anything.  This change only pertains to those who need to authorize administrator viewing.

Here are instructions to enable full sequence viewing utilizing the new page layout.

On your personal page, click on the Manage Personal Information link. This hasn’t changed.

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The setting to enable full sequence viewing by project used to be under Account Settings, then Match and E-Mail Settings, but now the option is located on the “Privacy and Sharing” tab, all the way to the right.

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Look under “My DNA Results” at the question, “Who can view my mtDNA Coding Region mutations?” To the right will be either the words “Only You” or “Some Project Administrators” or “Project Administrators,” based on y our current settings.  Click on whatever words are there – in the example below, click on “some project administrators.”

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By clicking on those words, you will display the list of projects that you have joined and you can then enable the project administrators to see your full sequence results.

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Check the box of the appropriate project(s) to enable the project administrators to view the full sequence results. Then, remember to click on the orange SAVE button to save, or it won’t.

If project administrators have included instructions on their project pages for participants to enable full sequence viewing, those instructions will need to be updated immediately. Feel free to utilize these instructions.

11 thoughts on “Mitochondrial DNA Projects – Full Sequence Authorization Changes

  1.   Dear Roberta

    I’ve been thoroughly enjoying your excellent posts on various subjects.  I was particularly interested in your story about tracking your Native American heritage through the X chromosome.

    My son has inherited 2% of his father’s South Asian DNA and I’m fascinated to try to track it down.  I know that my son’s paternal grandmother’s family had lived in India for generations as missionaries, militia, bankers etc., and tried to follow your example in following the lines of the X chromosome back in time.  I managed to print out copies of the male and female charts you illustrated and managed to get back a fair way to a lady and then ran out of ancestors for her.

    I next thought (having come to a bit of a full stop with the South Asian stuff) that it would be a good way of finding out how I’m related to all the people I share the X chromosome with.  So I’ve sent messages to them all attaching the link to your article on “X Marks the Spot”, suggesting that they do the same thing.

    Now my question is, how do we use this information to find our common ancestors?  Is it a matter of swapping the names of the ancestors furthest back on our X charts?  Is this where we’re likely to find our common ancestors?  It would be great to have a plan of attack that I can share with others, who hopefully will do the same thing with all the others they share with on the X chromosome.

    Any advice you can give will be gratefully received, and will hopefully lead to a number of people being able to find common ancestors using this method.

    Best wishes

    Merilyn Pedrick

    Aldgate, South Australia

    • Hi Marilyn. Yep, you’re down to pure genealogy now. The X linked you and eliminated some possibilities, and the genealogy will show you either common ancestors, or that you don’t know who the common ancestor is. Good luck!

  2. Roberta, I just recently logged back on my FTDNA and I am a little confused. My Family Finder results has now changed. Not only mine but several family members as well. What brought about these changes? Did they redo our tests? Just not sure, since my mom and sisters don’t really match up and mine is very different. Any suggestions or understanding of what happened?

    Thank you, Dallas

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Since you are a project administrator, I wondered whether you could provide some insight as to whether the availability of full sequence testing as resulted in increased usefulness of Mitochondrial DNA testing in providing genealogy benefits to testers. Without full sequence results it has seemed that Mitochondrial tests are of limited benefit to genealogy research.

  4. OK, I realize I am not the best at dealing with computers. However, I looked for DNAeXplained and it didn’t come up. Nor did your name. What am I doing wrong? The projects I have joined came up. Help. Sue

        • You do this on your own page for projects you are already a member of. You don’t need to find me or DNAexplain, because I don’t need to see your mtDNA unless you are in a project I administer – like the A2 haplogroup project, for example. So just go to your personal page and follow the instructions which will enable you to “turn on” full sequence viewing for projects that you are a member of.

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