I’m doing that happy dance today – leaping for joy – and am I EVER glad I’ve sponsored so many mitochondrial DNA tests. Today, I’m incredibly thankful for one particular DNA test. Think mitochondrial DNA doesn’t work or isn’t effective for genealogy? Think again. Often, when people ask on social media if they should test…
In my DNA presentations, I made the same point about how mtDNA can be useful in some instances. Glad to have a case that I can use as proof of it. I have always advocated that at least one family member get a full mtDNA test, and ideally several since mtDNA generally only passes mother to children. In my case, my mtDNA haplogroup is shared by my sister, her two daughters and their four children (three girls and a boy), and my two brothers. My daughter has her mother’s mtDNA.
I did a full mtDNA back in 2013. From what I see, the biggest problem with mtDNA is the lack of people doing mtDNA testing in general, the small amount of people who do a full mtDNA test. That’s usually based on it being expensive to do any of the mtDNA tests. For example, at FamilyTree DNA (FTDNA) – https://www.familytreedna.com/products/mt-dna#/compare, regular price is $89.00 for mtDNA Plus and $199.00 for mtDNA Full Sequence. During the last big sale, FTDNA had mtDNA Full Sequence for $139.00. You get basic to intermediate mtDNA haplogroups from 23andMe, LivingDNA, and a few other companies, but none of them do matching. YSEQ.net https://www.yseq.net/index.php?cPath=28&osCsid=0169cbb5f5a1cc26952fc42082e6575d (not an affiliate link) is another option which is generally cheaper than FTDNA‘s regular mtDNA pricing, but you don’t get matching. They offer several levels of mtDNA testing. If you don’t need or want matching, then YSEQ.net is a great option.
The same applies if you want Y-DNA testing since YSEQ.net offers good prices on it. For example, I would love to Y-DNA test my two brothers with the BIG-Y 500 at FTDNA. The cost would be $649 x2 at FTDNA. I know my Y-DNA haplogroup from my BIG-Y 500 test so I could pay $18 x2 to have YSEQ.net run a SNP test on my brothers. I wouldn’t get matching, but it’s a much cheaper alternative than almost $1,300. I hope to one day be able to get both brothers a BIG-Y 500 test, but that’s going to be a long time away.