In order to fully understand the power of mtDNA testing and its applications in ancestry, it is beneficial to understand the science behind the technology and have a good idea of how ancestry testing works and its strengths and limitations.
mtDNA Haplogroup H is one of the most dominant family groups in Europe
This study focused on testing the mtDNA of the remains of Wilhelm Naundorff and forensic samples from various members of Marie Antoinette’s family, descendents of Marie Antoinette’s mother, Maria-Theresa, Holy Roman Empress.
By collecting the DNA sample from known family members, scientists can find out the expected mtDNA type for Tsarina Alexandra and her children and use it to identify remains found in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 1991.
James McGovern was a World War II fighter ace who died in a plane crash in Laos on May 6, 1954. The main purpose of the project was to determine whether the remains discovered in Ban Sot in 2002 belonged to James McGovern.
Historians have long questioned the identity of the body attributed to Saint Luke that now lies in Padua, Italy. Using DNA technology, anthropologists set out to answer this question by obtaining DNA samples from the body attributed to Saint Luke.
The first member of mtDNA Subclade L3d arose approximately 30,250 years ago in Africa. Today, descendents of L3d are found mainly in West Africa and African Americans.
Reporting for markers 309, 315 and 573 in C rich regions and 524 in the AC repeat region of the mtDNA