Why DNA testing?
The physical records and information you have access to can only take you back a century or two, perhaps a couples of hundred years if you are royalty or aristocracy. No amount of research in public records and genealogical investigations could reveal as much about your ancient ancestry as a DNA test.
So what will I find out with an ancestry DNA test?
Maternal ancestry testing will provide you information that would have been, prior to DNA tests, unavailable to anyone. The test compares your DNA to the DNA of a variety of maternal haplogroups in our very extensive database. These haplogroups are basically studied maternal ancestral clans and each of us can be linked to their own clan through ancestry DNA testing. Visit our mtDNA haplogroup page for more information about this.
Following our haplogroup research we can determine the migration patterns of your matrilineal ancestors, showing you the various directions in which they moved as well as the geographical regions in which they settled*. All human being originated out of Africa but whilst each one of us is united by a common origin, my ancestors and your ancestors might have chosen different migration paths and settled in places with very different climates. We at EasyDNA, are here to tell you your ancestral path. The price for the Maternal Lineage Test is $219.
*To note that all maternal ancestry tests available today provide links to geographical regions rather than countries. The DNA test traces your ancestral roots very far back, way before the world political map as we know it. In fact political maps showing the various countries are, on the scale of human kind, a very recent invention dating back to the 15th century.
Click here to read A Beginner’s Guide to DNA Ancestry Testing which compares the different types of ancestry DNA tests we offer.
Cost and Specifications of maternal lineage testing
As a special package, we are offering a Dual Lineage Test (maternal and paternal) for the special price of $299, however please note the duo lineage test is only available for male test participants.
We will have your results ready in 4-5 weeks. Our in-depth analysis and comprehensive examination will be well worth the wait. Why not view a Full-color copy of the Maternal Certificate.
Our maternal lineage test is the most accurate and up-to-date test currently available. The following are the regions we test for in order to provide you with the most thorough and scientifically accurate result possible:
Hypervariable region I: Many DNA testing companies test only this region of your DNA as in most cases this will provide enough genetic information to connect you to your ancestral maternal haplogroup.
However, in some cases, the genetic information on your hypervariable region I will not be quite enough to tell you anything too significant about your ancestors and their migration patterns. In such cases, testing regions known as hyper variable region II and III will give us all the information you need, even excavating and unearthing more facts, not only about your maternal haplogroup but even your sub-haplogroups.
Your mitochondrial DNA
Mitochondrial DNA is a special type of DNA that we all inherit from our mother. Our mother would have in turn inherited her mitochondrial DNA from her mother and so forth. This DNA is located in cell structures known as the cell mitochondria. It makes up less than .001% of our DNA but can be an invaluable source of knowledge. We can track back our mitochondrial DNA for millennia down your maternal line and it will be exactly the same. In other words, two people from the same maternal blood line will have the same mitochondrial DNA profile. This mtDNA chain is unbreakable and connects you with all your maternal ancestors.
Significantly, during fertilization, the male mtDNA does not get passed on. It is left outside the fertilized egg and destroyed. This is why tracing your matrilineal ancestry with mtDNA analysis is such a great way of establishing this aspect of your roots. For further reading, why not read about What makes mitochondrial DNA special?