Generators for Generations: Online databases for mtDNA
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) produces energy for a cell, and children inherit their mtDNA from their mother. Online databases for human mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are useful for:
- Genealogists to find family connections
- Anthropologists to map historical migration patterns and ancient origins
- Physicians to identify mtDNA diseases
- Forensic scientists to help identify remains
The benefits of mtDNA testing for genealogy are detailed in Megan Smolenyak and Ann Turner’s Trace your roots with DNA. This is one of many works included in The International Society of Genetic Genealogy‘s (ISOGG’s) bibliography of books on genetic genealogy and deep ancestry.