Want Ancestor-Specific Ethnicity? Test Mitochondrial DNA

Recently, someone’s mitochondrial DNA test revealed that their ancestor was from Africa, but that person had no African heritage showing in their autosomal results or revealed in their genealogy. They wondered how this was possible and which test was “wrong.” … Continue reading

Where Did My Mitochondrial DNA Haplogroup Come From?

Mother’s Day is approaching, so I’m writing articles about mitochondrial DNA inspired by the most common questions in the Mitochondrial DNA for Genealogy Facebook group. I’ll be adding these articles to the Mitochondrial DNA Resource page, here. FamilyTreeDNA has already … Continue reading

Ancient Ireland’s Y and Mitochondrial DNA – Do You Match???

Ancient Ireland – the land of Tara and Knowth and the passage tombs of New Grange. Land of legend, romance, and perchance of King Arthur, or at least some ancient king who became Arthur in legend. The island of Ireland, … Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA Facebook Group Launches

Mitochondrial DNA has so much untapped potential! Until now, there hasn’t been an online resource where one could go to find information about and specifically discuss mitochondrial DNA. Even more distressing, in many groups, when the topic of mitochondrial DNA … Continue reading

442 Ancient Viking Skeletons Hold DNA Surprises – Does Your Y or Mitochondrial DNA Match? Daily Updates Here!

Yesterday, in the journal Nature, the article “Population genomics of the Viking world,” was published by Margaryan, et al, a culmination of 6 years of work. Just hours later, Science Daily published the article, “World’s largest DNA sequencing of Viking … Continue reading

Search Techniques for Y and Mitochondrial DNA Test Candidates

I utilize DNA matches in various ways, some of which are a little unusual. In many cases, I mine autosomal DNA matches to search for people whose Y and mitochondrial DNA can provide descendants, including me and them, with additional … Continue reading

Four Quick Tips to Make Your Mitochondrial DNA Results More Useful

Mitochondrial DNA is a special type of DNA passed from mothers to all of their children, but only females pass it on – unmixed with any DNA from the fathers. This means that mitochondrial DNA provides a laser line focus … Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA

Welcome to the mitochondrial DNA resource page where you’ll find everything you need to know – start to finish – including: Step-by-step guides about how to utilize mitochondrial DNA for your genealogy Educational articles and links to the latest webinars … Continue reading

Hot on the Trail of Elizabeth (c1720 – 1758/1782) Ulrich’s Parents, Thanks to Mitochondrial DNA – 52 Ancestors #255

I’m so close to discovering the identify of Elizabeth Ulrich’s family that I can taste it – but I’m not quite there. Maybe you’re the person who has the critical piece information that solves this puzzle. I’m looking for several … Continue reading

Mitochondrial DNA Resources – Everything You Need to Know

Recently, I wrote a multi-part series about mitochondrial DNA – start to finish – everything you need to know. I’ve assembled several articles in one place, and I’ll add any new articles here as well. Please feel free to share … Continue reading