Family Tree DNA’s Mitochondrial Haplotree — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy

On September 27th, 2018 Family Tree DNA published the largest Y haplotree in the world, based on SNP tests taken by customers. Now, less than two weeks later, they’ve added an exhaustive mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) public haplotree as well, making this information universally available to everyone. Family Tree DNA’s mtDNA Haplotree is based on the […]

via Family Tree DNA’s Mitochondrial Haplotree — DNAeXplained – Genetic Genealogy.

Back in 2013, I did a full mTDNA test at FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) – C1b. That was in addition to also testing with AncestryDNA, 23andMe (C1b2 – which is a mystery as I don’t have anywhere near the results to support C1b2), Geno 2.0 (C1b – same result as when I did Geno 2.0 Next through Helix), and DNA-me (C a company that went out of business several years ago). With FTDNA, I also did their autosomal test and a Y-DNA 67 STR test.

I have been expecting mtDNA testing to drop the alternate letter/number combination once enough people test. It’s only a matter of time as more people do full mtDNA testing. While my current mtDNA results are C1b, at some point, I expect to be given a deeper mtDNA haplogroup once enough people test that match my exact mtDNA. I ran my mtDNA results through James Lick’s program at (Supported formats: 23andMe raw data, deCODEme raw data, Differences to rCRS (mutation list), FASTA, GenBank Flat File Format, ASN1). You can use any of the supported formats to upload your raw data to Lick’s website.

I haven’t submitted my full mtDNA data as it’s not an easy thing (in my opinion) to do. Hopefully, Roberta or somebody else will make an easier way to submit mtDNA for addition to the phylotree.

While the current wisdom is you only need one (1) family member to do a full mtDNA, I believe that will change as more family members do full mtDNA testing. I don’t have the money to do it, but I would love to do full mtDNA tests on my siblings and my sister’s two daughters and their four children (three girls and a boy). I believe that our mtDNA (from my mother) would be mostly the same, but there would be minor differences – extra and/or missing mutations that some of us have and others don’t.

About ICT Genealogist

Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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