Do you have mtDNA results from Family Tree DNA?

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If you have mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) results from Family Tree DNA, then please upload your mtDNA results to and add your mitoYDNA ID to your DNA Tests page in WikiTree.

Doing so will automatically associate your mtDNA information with your direct maternal line and allow you to easily verify that your mtDNA matches the mtDNA of your direct maternal line cousins.

Here are step by step instructions to upload your mtDNA results from Family Tree DNA to mitoYDNA, and add your mitoYDNA ID to WikiTree:

Suggestions are welcome on ways to make those instructions more clear.

Current mitoYDNA statistics (Jun 2, 2019) show there are 302 mtDNA uploads from Family Tree DNA users.

Thank you and most sincerely, Peter

in The Tree House by Peter Roberts G2G6 Pilot (524k points)
edited by Peter Roberts
Rob Jacobson, Thanks. I should have results from Dante Labs soon (6 months and still waiting) so I'll upload that when it's available.
Hello Rob Judd,

I believe a program would need to be written to select your mtDNA from your Dante Labs results and then they would need to be converted to mimic a FTDNA FASTA file.
Yep, I'm aware of that Peter. DNAKitStudio should work. :)
Howdy Marion! (sorry, had to work today)

Almost all of us who have taken a full mtDNA test have taken the Family Tree DNA Full Sequence mtDNA test.  It's not cheap!  But most of us waited for those times during the year when it is significantly discounted.  I think the next sale is in August, but if not, there are always very good sales from Thanksgiving to Christmas.  It's currently $199, but much less than that in the sales.

I should add a disclaimer - mtDNA test results are the least likely to be of any genealogical help, of any DNA type.  It's very possible to find someone who is an exact match to your results, but your common ancestor could be as far back as thousands of years!  It's not impossible though, just not likely.  It can be more useful for negative testing - if someone does not match mtDNA results but your paper trail shows them on the maternal line, then you know there's an error somewhere.  At the same time, I really like mtDNA, find it really fascinating.  I've written an article about my own mtDNA haplogroup K1c2, everything I could find on it, plus introductory material and medical info.

For more on DNA tests, especially mtDNA ones, see my comments here -
Howdy Rob Judd!  I'd like to recommend also uploading your FASTA file to YFull ($25 fee).  You'll be included in their tree (the YFull MTree), and get your most detailed haplogroup possible currently, may even get a new branch opened up with your result, if there's one more kit that's almost identical.
Hello Rob. Thank you for your reply. I think  I'll pass on another test and save some money for a while. You are right. The mtDNA can go back thousands of years.
I stopped at 'Uploading mtDNA results to currently requires the Chrome browser with the mitoYDNA Chrome extension installed.'

Once they fix that I'm happy to play.
Hey Rob Jacobson,

I suspect I'll end up with the same group as you, given that I got K1 from LivingDNA. YFULL is a good plan though.
Howdy Rob!  Living DNA tests a pretty good selection of SNP's, enough to be able to determine a fairly detailed mtDNA haplogroup for most westerners.  For me, they came up with K1c2, which I found rather impressive, since that represented a whole lot more dollars spent at FTDNA, to come up with the same.

The fact that they did not give you anything beyond K1 would imply you are in a less 'popular' branch, one which they did not have SNP's for.  You're going to need YFull's attention to get your true haplogroup.  A caution though - currently, YFull is going through a huge redo of the mtDNA tree, and making changes constantly.  Haplogroups near mine have already been renamed 3 times, and they are clearly not done!  It may be another month or two before it stabilizes, and you can begin to trust the haplogroup they assign you.  (Actually, that's something I should warn everyone about, that has uploaded to YFull!)
Yep. I've joined the I-L38 groups at both FTDNA and Facebook to keep on top of the matter. Now if Dante will get off their butts and provide some results I should have a much better idea. :[

And yes, despite the negative squawkings of Roberta Estes I do find LivingDNA to be great value for the 3-in-1 package, especially for those of us with 100% British ancestry.

14 Answers

+6 votes
Done!  Uploaded and connected to WikiTree.
by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (394k points)
It's on mom's profile

Ancient migration ancestry of her mtDNA haplogroup:

+6 votes
I've done mine too.  The instructions were very clear, thanks.
by Joe Farler G2G6 Mach 9 (93.9k points)
+6 votes
I've done it as well.
by Donna Storz G2G6 Mach 2 (22.1k points)
+5 votes
The instructions were easy to follow.  I added mine and connected to wikitree.
by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
+6 votes

I added the number for my kit.  While I was doing that, though, I came across some text on an older Wikitree page that made me pause.  The text reads:   "While it is almost always safe to share HVR1 and HVR2 results, you should not publicly share the results of a full sequence mtDNA test until a qualified consultant has confirmed your results are okay. Full sequence mtDNA test results may reveal medically significant information about you and all your mtDNA cousins."  The page where its found is:  <> 

I'm guessing the cautious text was included several years ago, but is it relevant today?  What's changed since?



by Jo McCaleb G2G6 Mach 2 (22.6k points)
It is still relevant today.  That is why only you can view your coding region results in mitoYDNA.  Your public mitoYDNA mtDNA view shows “Private” to others for your coding region.  Comparisons with others will tell you how many differences you have with them in your coding region, but it does not display the coding region.
Peter, should you not disclose your (and Mags's) intimate relationship with Conflict of interest and all...

I did get mine checked by a consultant - but there was nothing to report - ie no "private" mutations or any of medical significance. It is a rare sequence apparently : "You are one of the rare cases where your HVR1 matches are very distinctive. "

Edison, I’m an unpaid team member of which is a non-profit. I’m also an unpaid leader at and an unpaid project admin at (which are not non-profits).  I’m not in a position to derive benefit from my actions made in my “official capacity” with mitoyDNA.  However I would derive personal satisfaction if mitoYDNA benefited the genetic genealogy community.

Most sincerely, Peter
Just to clarify,  we aren't asking them to state their affiliation every time they mention mitoydna so it is okay to also stop asking them.  Thanks!
Peter: Bless you for your reliable services to all who share these interests!!
Okay, thanks, Peter.  Your answers often prompt me to read twice and learn more.

+5 votes
After what seemed like an eternity to receive my results, I uploaded my results to WikiTree the same day. It was a very easy process to upload.
by John Stephenson G2G4 (4.7k points)

Please follow these instructions to upload your Y-DNA results to

and these instructions to upload your mtDNA results to mitoYDNA: 

Sincerely, Peter

Thanks,  Peter,  Your notes above may make it clear and therefore easier to respond to your request. I'll make time for it soon.

I think it's pretty strange that I have some trouble learning the new things to do like this one!  So I'm very glad to receive your instructions. Being older has made me much less assertive. Strange, That!

ADDITION:  I'm female and my father's heritage is obscured by his mother's various silences (secrets). So if I gave you my known Y-Dna info (which is brief), would I learn new things about my father's lines??
+4 votes

Hi Peter,

Could not process the file. Kit created, but file not processed.

Is all I am getting.

Your instructions were great.


by Steve Bartlett G2G6 Mach 2 (23.9k points)
Please describe your problem on the mitoYDNA Facebook group.

Thanks and sincerely, Peter
Still waiting to be accepted on the Facebook page, but tried again today and all went smoothly.

Thanks again
I received the same on my yDNA results then I tried using my BigY results and it was fine.  Maybe it would have been fine trying the first result file a second time.
+5 votes
Have had my mtDNA from FTDNA posted for nearly a year. H102. Work with the genetic genealogy program managers with FTDNA on their blog web. Sadly, while H is very common, very little is known about H102.
by Carol Baldwin G2G6 Pilot (331k points)

I hope you will upload to

Thanks and sincerely,

+3 votes
OK, I think I figured it out and added the information.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (168k points)
+3 votes
Thank you, Peter, for this suggestion. I'll give it my best shot.
by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 6 (63.1k points)
+3 votes
I have installed Google Chrome. I have an account on However, when I go to install the extension, the web site does not recognize that I already have downloaded Google Chrome and asks me to do it again. I have tried to install it multiple times but I am still in an infinite loop. Why won't the extension recognize the existing copy of Google Chrome? I can't get beyond this.
by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 6 (63.1k points)
Hello Marion,

Try closing all your programs and then rebooting your computer.  Then launch Google Chrome.  

Thank you, Peter. That worked.
+3 votes
Peter, I followed your directions and uploaded my mtydna, I believe I did everything correct and put my MTYDNA # in the appropriate place on my profile. Hope this helps :)
by Doris Leger G2G Crew (390 points)
+3 votes
Done, also added my brother's YDNA, and my paternal aunt's mtDNA.

Hope this helps!!
by Denise Baker G2G Crew (840 points)
+2 votes
done, I think
by Aurora Chancy G2G6 Mach 1 (14.5k points)
edited by Aurora Chancy

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