When exploring your motherline you get placed into different groups called haplogroups and subtypes. Your haplogroup is your branch on the human motherline tree and your subtype is the part most unique to you, a bit like a leaf at the end of branch. Many of us will share the same branch but only a few of us will share the same leaf.
The history of your motherline group
Our anthropologists and scientific experts have explored published literature to present the history of your direct motherline and your haplogroup (branch) as accurately as possible. It’s important to note that whilst we only use proven sources, this part of science is constantly changing and the actual details of your deep ancestors are not known as fact.
Where is your motherline group found?
When we explore your motherline haplogroup, we find it’s detected in different parts of the world at different frequencies. To help you see this, we’ve built an interactive map showing the countries and frequencies where your motherline ancestry can be found. These maps are based on present day political boundaries, which genetics don’t necessarily follow, so it’s for illustrative purposes only.
Your motherline's migration
A topic of on-going debate is the possibility of tracing the migration paths of our ancestors. In the case of your motherline, we provide a simple interactive map showing the current understanding of the migration history for your motherline. There is much debate about migration routes as no one knows for certain.
How your motherline group connects to others
With the possibility of falling into thousands of different motherline groups (haplogroups), we show your group on what’s called a phylogenetic tree. This helps you see where you fit in context of the rest of the motherline groups.
Famous people in your motherline
Perhaps you share a haplogroup or subtype with a famous historical figure from around the world. With a growing database of famous DNA groups, if you have any weird or wonderful matches, then we’ll flag this up for you. It doesn’t mean you’re definitely directly descended or in line for the crown, but we can show if you are in the same group.
The most technically advanced test
Living DNA wanted to provide the most detailed motherline ancestry test possible. We set about collecting the widest range of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) markers and worked hard to fit them all onto our chip. The result is a methodical and detailed approach that spans the widest possible mtDNA coverage on a SNP chip.