Mother’s Day – Tracking the Mitochondrial DNA Line

Just for fun, for Mother’s Day, here is the visual history of my mitochondrial DNA line.  It’s fun, quick to do and a great way to share DNA information with your family!


My daughter.


My son.

me at 5


mom toddler

My mother – Barbara Jean Ferverda (1922-2006)

Edith as a child cropped

My grandmother – Edith Barbara Lore (1888-1960) married John Whitney Ferverda

Nora Kirsch wedding

My great-grandmother – Ellenore “Nora” Kirsch (1866-1949) married Curtis Benjamin Lore

barbara drechsel cropped

Barbara Drechsel – German immigrant – (1848-1930) married Jacob Kirsch

I wish we had photos of Barbara’s mother, Barbara Mehlheimer (1823-1906) who married George Drechsel and immigrated to Aurora, Indiana.  Her mother was Elisabetha Mehlheimer.

Thank you to all of the mothers who came before and contributed their mitochondrial DNA, along with everything else, to their children…and ultimately to my children!



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18 thoughts on “Mother’s Day – Tracking the Mitochondrial DNA Line

  1. Happy Mother’s day to you, loved this post, I have my MT DNA and pictures going back to a great grandmother too, what a great idea to use what we do have.

  2. Happy Mother’s Day Roberta! What a great idea! You inspire me. Only a genetic genealogist would think of this! I will do mine later today. Thanks for the terrific idea 🙂

  3. Thank you Roberta for the great post. I learn so much from you. I have borrowed your idea, posted it on my blog and added a link to Facebook!

  4. The mighty mitochondrial DNA has found its place of honor on Mother’s Day! And also on Mother’s, Mother’s, Mother’s Day!

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