updated: originally posted at 2:18 p.m. EDT, August 28, 2015
FamilyTree DNA is having a sale on its mtDNA Full Sequence test. The test which is regularly $199 is now $159.20 which is 20 percent off. Just place your order and pay before 11:59 p.m. Central Time August 31, 2015.
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited from mother to child but only female children pass that same mtDNA on to their children. This test is often described as being used for maternal ancestry testing.
Generally, you only need to test one person for each maternal line. (If you test your Mom you don't need to test the mtDNA of you or your siblings unless there is question about maternity.) Males can take an mtDNA also because they inherited the mtDNA of their mother who inherited her mother's mtDNA, and she inherited her mother's mtDNA, etc. Males just don't pass on that mtDNA to their children.
So if you've been contemplating doing an mtDNA test now might be the time to do so.
See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!